Nobleza Asuncion Landé
A memorial Mass for Dr. Nobleza Castro Asuncion-Landé, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. Inurnment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery.
She died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at her home.
She was born in Cabanatuan, Philippines, the daughter of Dr. Juan A. Asuncion and Dr. Josefa Castro Asuncion.
At the time of her death, she was a professor at Kansas University in the department of communication studies.
Following her bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Philippines and a teaching position at the Ateneo de Manila University, she earned her master’s degree and doctorate in communication studies from Michigan State University.
She was a Fulbright scholar to Singapore in 1995 and was past division chairperson of the intercultural communication divisions of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association.
In 1999 she received the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society award for excellence in international education and in 2001 earned a citation from Rochester Intercultural Conferences as “a lifelong pioneer in intercultural and international communication ethics.” She was inducted into KU Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
She was editor of “Human Communication,” journal of the Pacific & Asian Communication Association. She was a member of the editorial board for Howard Journal of Communication and “World Communication,” journal of World Communication Association. She was an active member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center and supported various Catholic missions abroad.
She married former KU professor Carl H. Landé, whom she met at Yale, where she was instructor for the Institute of Far Eastern Languages and he was assistant professor in the political science department. He died in 2005.
Survivors include two sons, James, Washington, D.C.; and Charles and wife Kitt, Chicago; three brothers, Hector, Emerito and Arthur Asuncion, and a sister, Thelma Cannon, all of the Washington, D.C., area; and three grandchildren, Lilly, Nathaniel and Luke.
A rosary will precede the Mass at 9 a.m.
The family suggests memorials to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center or the International Rescue Committee, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Condolences may be sent at warrrenmcelwain.com.