WASHINGTON — The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. announced that services will be held Saturday in Richmond, Va., for Taylor Anderson, a JET Program participant who died in the March 11 tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.
Anderson’s family was notified of the 24-year-old’s death by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on March 21, after initially being told that she had been found alive.
Anderson, the first known American victim of the disaster, was teaching English in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. She was last seen leaving an elementary school after making sure that parents picked up their children.
“A Richmond area native, Taylor left for Japan from Washington, D.C.,” JETAADC said in a statement. “She was a wonderful, giving person, who touched many lives in her school and community in Ishinomaki City while on JET. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
The association collected messages in a condolence book to be given to the family during the service.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund for the purpose of rebuilding schools in Ishinomaki. Donation information is available at http://www.st.catherines.org/tayloranderson.
For more information on Anderson’s life and Saturday’s service, visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesdispatch/obituary.aspx?n=taylor-anderson&pid=149794411