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Komoda Honored by State High Alumni Association

by on July 29, 2012 6:01 AM

Beverly Higashida Komoda, a member of the State College High School Class of 1957 and the daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Mary Higashida of State College, has been designated 2012 Distinguished Alumna by SCAHS Alumni Association.

She is both a recognized children's book author and illustrator and a proficient quilter.

She attended the Chouinard Art Institute in California as an Animated Film Arts major, where she met her future husband, Kiyoaki Komoda.

After working at Jay Ward Productions (“Rocky and Bullwinkle” animated television shows), she moved to Long Island to be near the Manhattan book publishers.

Since then, her six books as illustrator and four as author/illustrator have been published by Macmillan, Parents Magazine Press, and Harper/Collins. In 1978, her book, “Simon's Soup,” was chosen as a Junior Literary Guild selection. Another book, “Jellybeans for Breakfast,” which she illustrated in 1968, has a Facebook page.

She was one of 12 YWCA women who created a Princeton bicentennial quilt in 1976, now owned by the New Jersey State Museum. She singly created Liberty's Centennial, a hand-sewn quilt depicting the Statue of Liberty, later purchased by the NY-NJ Port Authority.

In 1985, she created and donated one section of the 18-inch wide by 1-mile-long Peace Ribbon, which encircled the Pentagon during the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

She has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, school children's book talks and demos, and as a fourth grade reading fluency monitor in East Windsor, N.J.

Her retirement time is now devoted to her husband, her grandchildren, reading, writing, painting watercolors, art collages, films, working on picture book ideas and enjoying the artistic products of her adult sons.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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