Tsuyuko "Sue" Hamakawa Blackwood
In 1945, Tsuyuko "Sue" Hamakawa Blackwood was a Hawaiian Japanese Buddhist who wanted to come stateside to study. She applied to several schools and everyone, except ONU, rejected her because she was Japanese. She arrived by boat, took the train to Columbus and boarded a bus with all her personal possessions in four suitcases because her parents could not afford to have her travel back and forth to Hawaii. The bus did not come to Ada but dropped her off at the intersection of SR 30 and SR 235, and she began walking. She wanted to major in dance but ONU did not have dance experience. She majored in psychology, was crowned May Day Queen in 1949 and after graduation began her teaching career. Today she loves to dance and sky dive. She has provided for Northern in her will to support the Freed Center and dance.