1924 Born January 1 to Yuzuru Matsuoka, a writer and pupil of Natsume Soseki, and Fudeko Natsume, the eldest child of Natsume Soseki, in Tokyo. Schooled at .... 1942-44 Attended Tsuda College. Then employed in an impromptu factory constructed within a campus building to manufacture airplane parts for the war. Received bachelor's degree in 1945 though only completed two years of school. ... 1950 Worked for CIA as translator. 1951 Worked as translator-interpreter for Armed Forces Radio Station and US Air Force. 1952 Awarded a GARIOA grant (precursor to the Fulbright) to attend college for one year in the United States. Requested assignment to East Coast; assigned to University of Oregon. Attended orientation at University of Washington. Moved into Carson Hall on UO campus. Met lifelong friend Sally Calkins (later Maxwell). Met future sponsor Dr. Robert Shiomi. 1953 Joined Friends Service Committee's summer program for college students, working in Dr. Scholl's factory in Chicago. Sponsored by Dr. Shiomi to stay in the U.S. to continue studies. Spent future summer vacations staying with Dr. Shiomi's family and working in his medical office. 1952-1955 Met Robert McClain, who graduated from UO in 1955. 1956 Awarded BA in French from UO. Married Bob. Given away by Dr. Shiomi. Maid of honor was Mary Constans, best man was David Beery. 1957-58 Lived in Germany while Bob served in military. Drove from New York to Oregon in Karmann Ghia purchased in Germany. Returned to school to obtain high school teaching certificate in French. Worked part-time at Museum of Art for Dr. Wally Baldinger. 1959 Received teaching certificate, continued working at the Museum. 1960 Purchased house on Agate St., remodeled it in a Japanese style. Worked as Museum secretary. 1962 Purchased house on University St. 1963 Gave birth to Ken. Worked at museum the day before. 1964 Became a graduate teaching fellow in Asian Studies and Japanese. Shared office with lifelong friend Sylvia Giustina. 1965 Returned to Japan for first time since leaving, with Bob and Ken. 1967 Earned MA in Comparative Literature. Became part-time Japanese instructor. 1969 Became full-time instructor. Father passed away. 1970 Purchased house on Spring Blvd. Traveled to Japan with Bob and Ken. 1971 Traveled in Europe for summer vacation. Published first volume of text on Japanese grammar. 1973 Spent summer vacation in Japan with Bob and Ken, published second volume of grammar text. 1974 Loaned collection of Japanese woodblock prints to Museum of Art for exhibit on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. 1976 Became Senior Instructor. Summer vacation in Japan. 1977-81 Put together traveling woodblock print exhibit. 1978 Attended parents-in-law 50th wedding anniversary. 1979 Summer vacation in Japan. 1980 Promoted to Associate Professor. Bob developed home mail-order business in Japanese woodblock supplies. Older brother Shoichi passed away. 1981 Published Handbook of Modern Japanese, a well-respected grammar text. 1984-86 Served as Resident Director for UO students at Waseda University in Tokyo. Published Soseki no mago no Amerika. 1988 Attended parents-in-law 60th wedding anniversary. 1989 Older sister Meiko and mother passed away. Published Amerika no joshiki, nihon no joshiki. 1990 Bob passed away after 33 years of marriage. 1990 Promoted to full professor. 1991 Sold woodblock supply business. Published Japan and America: One Woman's View. 1992 Traveled throughout U.S. 1993 Traveled to Japan (twice), Caribbean. 1994 Retired. Traveled to Midwest and New England. Published Families: Japan and America. Attended Ken's graduation from medical school. 1995 Ken and Maria married. Traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan (twice, overlapping with Ken and Maria's visit), California. 1996 Traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan. 1997 Traveled to Japan. Attended Ken's and Maria's graduation from residency. 1998 Traveled to Japan, cruised in Scandinavia. Attended parents-in-law 70th wedding anniversary. 1999 Traveled to Egypt (with Ken and Maria), India, Nepal, Japan, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica -- her seventh continent! 2000 Traveled to Poland, Germany, England. Attended Celebration of Life for father-in-law and wedding of niece Rika. 2001 Traveled to Hawaii, Japan, Hermiston (for opening of Ken and Maria's medical practice). 2002 Mother-in-law passed away. Traveled to London for unveiling of "Blue Plaque" at the former temporary residence of Natsume Soseki. Received Alumni Fellows Award from UO. Traveled to Japan twice. 2003 Accompanied PBS film crew to assist with documentary on the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Received the Japan Foreign Minister’s Award for “promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.” 2004 Grandson Alejandro born. Traveled to Hermiston several times. Traveled to Japan. 2005 Younger brother Shinji passed away. Attended 60th class reunion of Tsuda College. Traveled to Poland. 2006 Traveled to Hawaii (with Ken, Maria, Alejandro, and Maria's mother), Japan, Hungary, Czech Republic (with Katie Kohl). Ken and family moved to Eugene to be closer. 2007 Traveled to Japan. ... 2011 Traveled to Japan for last time. Received Gertrude Bass Warner Award from Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.