Katherine Plummer, a longtime Tokyo resident and a leading expert on the history of Edo-era Japanese sea drifters, passed away on March 11 in San Francisco at the age of 91.

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Plummer taught at the Tokyo YWCA and Kyoritsu Women’s University from 1969 to 1998. She wrote many English textbooks while at the YWCA, including “Ranald MacDonald: The First Foreign English Teacher in Japan (1848-49),” which was published in 1982.

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