Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, the respected Emeritus chair of the Nagoya University Alumni Association, passed away on 14 February 2023 at the age of 97. On behalf of Nagoya University, we would like to express our deep sadness at the news of his death and our determination to carry on the spirit of love for our university and the social philanthropy that Dr. Toyoda instilled in all of us.
Dr. Toyoda graduated from the Nagoya University School of Engineering before earning a doctorate in engineering, and later, became President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. As the eighth chair of the Japan Business Federation, he devoted himself to the development of Japan's economy and industry. His sincere nature earned him great respect among his peers.
Among his many contributions to the university, Dr. Toyoda was the first chair of the Nagoya University Alumni Association. He was also involved in the establishment of the Nagoya University Foundation, which provides financial support to Nagoya University students and projects. The renovation of the Toyoda Auditorium in 2008 would have been impossible without Dr. Toyoda's leadership. In recognition of his achievements, he was made a fellow at Nagoya University in March 2009.
Dr. Toyoda was enthusiastic about the establishment of the international branches of the Alumni Association and enjoyed meeting international alumni at the annual Homecoming Day. His presence at matriculation and graduation ceremonies, and his conversations with students at these events, encouraged and inspired them.
We sincerely thank Dr. Toyoda for his support and commitment to Nagoya University throughout his life. May he rest in peace.
Chancellor, Tokai Higher Education and Research System
President, Nagoya University
Chairman, Nagoya University Alumni Association