James Hiroshi Terada

February 1st, 1930August 21st, 2015

James Hiroshi Terada, (1930-2015) of Louisville, CO, passed away Aug. 21st at TRU Community Care of Louisville. 

He was born in Tokyo to Ryokei Terada and Hisako Ishikawa Terada.  Jim’s life was shaped by the experiences of WW II, after which the US Army Occupation Forces hired Jim as an interpreter.  With sponsorship from US Army officers, Jim came to Tacoma, WA in 1959.  Jim earned his BS from UPS (1965), his MBA from PLU (1968), WA, and his PhD from CU (1979) Boulder where he met his wife, Rose Marie, of 43 years. 

He taught Management and Finance at Front Range Community College for 27 years, honored as Community College Teacher of the Year in 1987.  He co-founded a consulting company that provided cross-cultural training for corporate executives wishing to do business in Japan.  He was also an adjunct faculty of The University of Denver for the “Understanding America Program” and the “Japanese Teacher Program.”   

With prominent family ties in Yamagata, Japan, Jim was instrumental in the creation of the sister-statehood relationship between Colorado and Yamagata Prefecture.  In 2001 Jim received the Order of the Rising Sun Medal, Gold and Silver Rays, awarded by the Japanese government for distinguished achievements in international relations and promotion of Japanese culture.

Jim is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; daughters, Kay Kadoike (Fumio) and Laila Terada (Larry); grand-daughter, Naoko Fukuda (Masuo); 2 great-grandchildren, Yoshiaki and Mitue; niece, Fusako Ishida; nephew, Hayaro Kimura (Masae); great-niece, Kayoko Miyataki (Kazuhiko); and great nephew, Shoichiro Kimura (Naoko). 



There will be a celebration of Jim’s life with communion, reception immediately following, on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10 AM at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO.






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Dear Laila and Family, To let you know our hearts go out to you and our prayers are with you. We're so sorry for your loss and send much love. Bill and Ulla
Dearest Laila, Praying for strength and peace for you. Condolences to you and your family. Love you, Jim, Kelly, Cole, and Hannah Rauch
In the late 1980's, Terada-sensei first became my mentor on cross-cultural protocol for doing business with Japanese executives. I used lessons learned from Jim as recently as last week while hosting a delegation visiting Boulder from Tokyo. Terada-sensei was also teacher and guide to a group of us from Boulder visiting Yamagata, Japan in the mid-1990's through a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program. Jim was a dedicated and effective teacher whose lessons live on. Condolences and best wishes to Jim's family, friends and colleagues all over the world.
I am one of the members of "Japanese Teachers Program" staying in Denver now. I really appreciate and respect for Terada sensei's great effort for connecting Japan and the U.S. Condolences to the family.
My condolences on a great leader who was instrumental to the teacher program at DU. I never had the pleasure of his acquaintance but can appreciate the impact he made on both the Japanese and American communities. He will be greatly missed by many and the family can be proud of his accomplishments. Sincere condolences to everyone whose lives he touched! Sandy
Dear Rose and Family, We feel so deeply saddened by Jim's unexpected passing and by the grief you must be feeling. His good nature and bright smile will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. I remember how kind you and Jim were when we attended your Church for Christmas Services with my brother and his family and unexpectedly met you and Jim in the vestibule. I wish you the best and the fondest memories of Jim when your grief fades.
Dear Rose and Family, The JAAC wishes to pass on our prayers and good wishes to you and your family. Jim was a staunch supporter of the JAAC and remained a Board Member to the end. He believed in our charter and helped us keep on course for his many years of service as past President, officer and director. His advice was always on point and his beaming smile will be missed by all. Calvin Hada, President JAAC
Dear Rosie, I was so sorry to see Jim's obituary in the paper today. May his memory be eternal and may God grant you peace and comfort in your grief. Valerie
Rose, I am keeping you and your family in prayer at this difficult time for you. Jim was a wonderful man as you well know. I appreciate his mentoring me when we were teaching at Front Range.
I was a colleague of Jim's at FRCC. I mourn his passing.
Dear Laila, My heart is with you. Sending you love and peace. Tani
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Jim! He was a fantastic professor and a stellar leader. I remember vividly our trips to Japan on behalf of the state of Colorado and FRCC! He certainly had a huge impact on the college, the state, and on me! His sage advice helped mold me to be a better president! We will All miss him. May his soul be elevated and may G-d comfort his family and friends!
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Jim! He was a fantastic professor and a stellar leader. I remember vividly our trips to Japan on behalf of the state of Colorado and FRCC! He certainly had a huge impact on the college, the state, and on me! His sage advice helped mold me to be a better president! We will All miss him. May his soul be elevated and may G-d comfort his family and friends!
Dear Rosei sensei and Family, We feel so deeply saddened by Terada sensei's unexpected passing and by the grief you must be feeling. With his warm guidance through out our life in US, Yoshi and I have learned various wisdom and received lots of encouragement from him. He has been a true mentor for us. What we can do is that to live bravely and positively and to become a personal bridge between two countries as he did. Tsuneko and Yasuhiko Nagakura were also deeply saddened by the news. We Nagakuras miss him so much and appreciate our long friendship. (I am so sorry that I can not attend the ceremony since I am in Japan. I wished that I could report the success of presentation with Dr. Mika at the conference. Without his introduction, this partnerships did not happen! --wakasa) You are in my thoughts and prayers. Yasuhiko, Tsuneko, Yoshi and Wakasa Nagakura
We all lost the great father of the MEXT program. We are so sad, but we shall never forget your contribution to many Japanese teachers of English. We are sure you are definitely an intermediary to improve Japan's relations with Colorado, and are filled with gratitude to you. Please rest in peace.
Dear Laila and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending our love. Sincerely, Susan Dahl
I am Yuko Kuhara. I live in Saga prefecture, Japan. I am a member of Japanese English Teachers Summer Program 2009. I studied at University College University of Denver. I have a lot of memories with Dr. Terada. I really enjoyed studying and talking with him. I want to visit there to pray some day. Thank you very much, Dr. Terada. Please accept my deepest sympaty.
Laila and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Much love and many hugs, from Anita and Vince.
Dear Rosi-sensei, We wish we could be near you at this difficult time. We all miss Terada-sensei deeply. May his soul rest in peace.
Dear Laila and family. So sorry about the passing of your Dad. He produced and mentored an amazing daughter of which I'm very proud to call a dear friend. Hang on to the good memories of him to get you through these trying times. Love, Simone
I was a student of Japanese English teacher program in DU 6 years ago. Dr. Terada taught us American culture. His thoughts and attitude have influenced me a lot. I had a great time for 2 months in Denver because of his devotion and love. May the Lord bless him and his family. Amane Yamauchi
Dear Mrs. Rose Marie Terada I am so sorry for your loss. I had known Dr. Terada for more than 20 years. We together worked as volunteers at some educational events sponsored by Japan America Society of Colorado. On one Sunday in August 2006, I met him at an annual picnic. Then he told me about a MEXT 2006 program that brought twelve Japanese English teachers to Colorado. Through that program and thanks to him, I got to know those wonderful teachers and I still keep in touch with them. Dr. Terada told me about his passion to be a bridge between the US and Japan. He was a great man. Hiromi Mochizuki
I’m a member of MEXT program in 2008. During the program, Dr. Terada always gave me kind words both in English and in Japanese. His words and his existence itself made me relaxed and motivated. I’m really sorry for his passing. He will live in my mind as long as I live. Please rest in peace. -- Kenji Kouno
I still remember the stories he told us. He met a man who bombed Tokyo during WW2 at a party. He said to him, ”oh, you were up there! I was down there!” He was a man with a big heart who always made sure that everybody was happy. Thank you, Dr. Terada. Thank you.
Dear Mrs. Terada and Family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Jim certainly dedicated his life to fostering deeper understanding between Americans and Japanese in the aftermath of WWII. My family and I owe much to Jim's mentorship which allowed us the opportunity to spend some wonderful years teaching and living in Takayama, Japan. He was "Sensei" in the fullest meaning of the word. His steady presence and guiding influence will be much missed! We extend our deepest sympathy. Gail Jackson and Family
Dr. Terada's legacy, 'Japanese Teacher Program,' has changed my life. His profound knowledge about Economics and his contribution to Japanese society in Colorado is unforgettable. He was so vibrant that I can't believe he passed away. He said, "Japan and the United States are just a large pond away." These words show the way he lived. He made these two countries closer. -My deepest condolences from Japan
Laila & Family - I just want to send my condolences to the whole family in this difficult time, and let you know that you're all in my thoughts and prayers. - Stein