Archibald McClintock Look

Date of Birth

April 28, 1945

Date of Death

February 9, 2023

City of Death

Tokyo, Japan

In Memoriam

Archibald McClintock Look was born April 28, 1945 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California to Richard Millard Look and Heartie Anne Edwards. When he was seven, the family moved to Tokyo, Japan while his father was working for the U.S. government.

While in Tokyo, Archie attended a Japanese school, Morimura Gakuen, as the only non-Japanese in his class. In 1960, he was sent to the Thacher School in Ojai, California where he excelled at his horsemanship, singing, and student government. After graduating from Thacher, he went on to the University of Pennsylvania.

During the Vietnam War, Archie served his country as Logistics Officer on Okinawa where his Japanese was put to use. After his discharge, he would facilitate Japanese folk music groups on tours of North and South America and Europe.

In 1975, he was asked to represent DISCO Corporation, a Japanese precision tools maker for the semiconductor production industry, first in Silicon Valley and then in Tokyo as Vice President of International Sales.

In 1984, Archie married Meiko Kitahara at All-Saints by the Sea in Santa Barbara and also in a ceremony in Tokyo.

After 30 years at DISCO he retired and did work part time helping the company with the nuances of English. Archie was active with his Morimura alumni group and always attended his Thacher class reunions. His daily participation in Radio Taisou calisthenics and his regular meetings with the expat Fuji Club filled his retirement time. He was also an active member of the Tokyo American Club as well as the Santa Barbara Club.

He died peacefully in Tokyo on February 9th, 2023 after stoically living with glioblastoma for three years and eight months. With his wife Meiko, his son Archibald Kitahara Look and daughter Heather Mari Warner by his side. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Itsuki Look, Olivia Warner, Hibiki Look, Asuka Look, Kaiki Look and Asher Warner.

Memorial Services will be held at the Thacher School and the Santa Barbara Club.


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