RUSTY KANOKOGI / by Molly Schiot

Rena Glickman Kanokogi, known as "Rusty," died of cancer in Brooklyn, NY, on November 21, 2009 at the age of 74. She fought for many years to have women's judo made an Olympic sport; she was in Seoul, South Korea, as coach of the first U.S. women's team, when that milestone was achieved in 1988. Her efforts to promote women's judo earned her the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest honor for a foreigner, a year before her death. 

Rena Glickman Kanokogi, known as "Rusty," died of cancer in Brooklyn, NY, on November 21, 2009 at the age of 74. She fought for many years to have women's judo made an Olympic sport; she was in Seoul, South Korea, as coach of the first U.S. women's team, when that milestone was achieved in 1988. Her efforts to promote women's judo earned her the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest honor for a foreigner, a year before her death.