- October 16, 1978
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Dallas Eugenia Rumsey Finn (1919-2012) was an author and lecturere of Japanese architecture. Mrs. Finn attended Radcliffe College until 1939 when she moved on to Harvard University where in 1942 she earned a master's degree in history. From 1947 to 1939 when she lived in Japan with her husband, Richard, a U.S. Diplomat. While in japan she began teaching at Tokyo universities. After her return to the U.S. she taught at Mount Vernon Junior College until 1958. In 1957, she and her husband moved to Paris where they lived until 1963. Upon their return to the U.S. the Finns settled in Besthesda, Maryland. Finn was an authority in Japanese architecture and in 1995 she published a book entitled, "Meiji Revisited" that delves into the Victorian architecture styles and their modification in 19th-Century Japanese structures. As a result of her work, in 2004 she received a commendation from Japanese government for her work in fostering goodwill between the United States and Japan. Mrs. Finn passed away at the age of 93.