About Sophia Arabella "Bella" Irwin
American-Japanese educator. Founder of The Irwin School.
Daughter of Robert Walker Irwin, descendent of Benjamin Franklin; and Iki Takechi, a Japanese noblewoman and daughter of a Japanese sumurai.
She graduated from Columbia University Teachers College. She returned to Japan in 1917, founding the Gyokusei Training School for Kindergarden (now The Irwin School). Born without citizenship (because her father was American), she became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 1942.