- October 20, 1970
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Elizabeth Chatwick Mark was the daughter of an Army Air Corps lieutenant colonel. She grew up in various places, including Hawaii, where her family was residing during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After her and her family escaped the attack, they left Hawaii for San Francisco as refugees. Around 1945, Mark was attending Swarthmore College when her father got orders to go to Japan for the occupation as the Deputy Signal Officer for Douglas MacArthur's staff. After about a year at college, Mark decided to go with her family to Japan, arriving in the summer of 1947. While there, she took courses in Japanese and Oriental Philosophy at the American School and then worked in the Ernie Pyle Library for people working in the occupation for about 2 years. She met an American who worked with her father named Albert Mark, a lieutenant in the Communications Center. They married in 1949. Soon after the birth of their first child out of four, the couple moved back the U.S.