WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Midwestern State University held a ceremony Friday to honor a beloved professor.
Dr. Yoshi Fukasawa passed away in February following a short illness.
The university decided to dedicate a tree to him as a living reminder of his legacy as Chair of the university's Department of Economics and Finance.
Friends of the late professor cherished his friendship and mentorship as they remembered him.
"He was very honest and very just a thoughtful person," said Dr. Pablo Garcia-Fuentes, Assistant Professor of Economics.
"To me, he's really like the father figure," said Dr. Adam Lei, Professor of Finance. "So you could see that his impact is not just on teaching, research, or the official business, I think there's more the personal connection level."
The university is also planning a fund in the late professor's name. The fund will help students with scholarships, international travel, and other needs.