The Fr. Richard J. Schuchert, S.J. Memorial prize in East Asian Studies was established in 1994 to honor a John Carroll student who excells in the study of an East Asian language, who is committeed to the interdisciplinary study of East Asia, and who actively participates in campus or community activities involving East Asia.
Fr. Schucher taught linguistics in the English Department at John Carroll from 1962-1979 after spending 12 years in Japan as a teacher and missionary. His developing interest in Japanese led him to study the language intensely, and he began work on his translation of The Life of Jesus by Catholic author Shusaku Endo. After coming to John Carroll, he maintained his interest in Japanese language and literature, continuing his translation work and sharing his enthusiasm by teaching evening classes in Japanese even after his retirement. He worked to establish John Carroll’s East Asian Studies program from 1987 until his death in 1992.