Chestertown, MD, January 28, 2004 — To the Washington College Community:
I write with the sad news that Simon Matthew Hultman, a Washington College senior, passed away Monday, January 26, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, after a serious illness.
Simon was an international studies major with a concentration in East Asian studies. According to his advisor, Professor Tahir Shad, Simon was an excellent student who “loved all things Japanese.” During his sophomore year, Simon traveled to Japan, attending classes at Meiji Gakuin, and obtaining a deep knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. This past fall semester, Simon became the first student to study at the University of Pecs in Hungary.
“That's the kind of student he was,” Dr. Shad commented. “He loved to learn and took advantage of every opportunity Washington College presented him.”
Closer to home Simon distinguished himself as a generous and loyal friend to many in the Washington College community, especially to those international students who are far from their homes.
We were very fortunate to have Simon here with us for the past three and a half years. His contributions were many and we will miss him very much. Simon is survived by his mother, Diane Hultman of Pahoa, Hawaii, and by his siblings.
In remembering him, we will celebrate the intellectual curiosity that fueled his travels and his achievements as well as his immense generosity of spirit. A campus memorial service in his honor will be held Friday, January 30, at 3 p.m. in the Tawes Theatre. The College community is invited to honor and to remember Simon's life and accomplishments.
In memory of Simon, the Japanese Club will also show two films: Grave of the Fireflies, this Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in Goldstein 100, and Empire of the Sun, Friday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in Goldstein 100. All are welcome.
Information about funeral arrangements will be shared with you as soon as it is available.