In late October I was preparing a lecture on gender diplomacy. It was 5 a.m. in Seoul and my audience would be women undergraduates from Ewha Womans University. I checked for updates on my social media and my heart sank. A friend had written: "Sad that she has passed away."
The comment was left below a 2015 photo of me, my university vice-president and Sadako Ogata at the United Nations University in Tokyo. My caption read: "It's been a lifelong dream to meet one of my heroines in international humanitarianism. No surprise, she's quite an excellent intellectual sparring partner."