We have recently received the news that Yuri Nakata, a library faculty member at UIC from 1966-1979, died in Seattle on December 27, 2015. Professor Nakata was responsible for establishing a collection of more than 500,000 government publications for the campus, and she developed a model for public use of government documents that has been widely studied and emulated. A lecture series in her name was presented by the Library for many years. Additional information about Yuri can be found on the ALA website which lists winners of the “Documents to the People” Award. Yuri received this honor from GODORT in 1979.
The obituary from Professor Nakata’s family is below.
Yuri Ike Nakata, 1919-2015
Yuri Ike Nakata, born in Seattle in 1919 to Yasuji and Tsuya Ike, passed away on December 27, 2015. She graduated from Franklin High School and upon internment, was released from the Minidoka Internment Camp to attend Colorado State College (Education). Yuri married Tatsuo Nakata in 1945 and graduated from Colorado State College in 1947. They moved to Chicago where she worked for many years for the American Library Association. Yuri obtained her graduate degree from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. She then worked her way up at the University of Illinois and became an Associate Professor and Head of the Univ. of Illinois Library Documents Department. Yuri was honored with the “Documents to the People” award by the Congressional Information Service and the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association.
Yuri and Tats retired in Cannon Beach, Oregon. She volunteered extensively at their local library, stayed physically and mentally fit with aerobics and yoga, and initiated book and financial investment clubs. Upon Tats’ passing in 1995, Yuri returned to the Seattle area.
Yuri is survived by her brother, Joe Ike, many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Tatsuo, her brothers Nobutaka Ike and Akira Ike, and sister Ayame Kadoguchi.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30PM, Sunday, January 30, 2016 in the Park Shore Retirement Center’s Chapel, 1630-43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances in Yuri’s name, be made to any of her favorite charities: American Friends, Nikkei Concerns, Wing Luke Asian Museum, The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, The City of Cannon Beach Haystack Awareness Program, or The Park Shore Residents Association.