Collection of postcards and photos from an American missionary named Ralph Thomas Palmer, who served in Japan from 1952-1957. Included are 5 postcards to people helping him in America as well as a collection of 5 photos from the Margaret K Long Christian School for girls in Tokyo.
Note: Ralph Thomas Palmer (March 18, 1926 – August 28, 2014), was born in California. The U.S. Navy sent him to Texas Christian University (TCU) during World War II. He was in flight training when the war ended. At TCU Ralph met his wife Mary Maxine Jones. They were ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1947 and were married August 30, 1948. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry (TCU) in 1947, a Bachelor of Divinity at Brite Divinity School. During his student years in Texas, he pastored churches in Alvarado, Red Oak and Waco. He continued studying, earning a Master’s degree in Public Health at Yale University. At Yale Reverend Dr. Palmer also studied the Japanese language. Later, he received a Doctor of Ministry from Philips University and did Ph.D. studies at Duke University. The Palmers served as missionaries of the United Christian Missionary Society (a predecessor mission body of Global Ministries) at the Yakima Indian Mission in the state of Washington, the Bowery in Chinatown, New York City, and the Disciples of Christ Church in Jamaica (1949-1950). During years 1952-1957 Ralph and Mary Maxine served as missionaries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Japan. There they worked in the town of Honjo, about 300 miles northeast of Tokyo. At first Ralph pastored a church until a Japanese pastor arrived, and later the Palmers worked in the rural evangelism efforts of the Akita Prefecture of the United Church of Christ of Japan. From 1957 until 1970, Reverend Dr. Palmer served as the Executive Secretary of the Department of Missionary Selection and Training of the UCMS Division of World Mission. In this capacity and as the Dean of the College of Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he worked with hundreds of missionaries, recruiting candidates, and supervising their preparation for missionary service. In 1970 the Palmers returned to Texas where he pastored with First Christian Church, Pampa, and several other local congregations in Longview, and Slocum. From 1978 until 1987, Reverend Dr. Palmer served as the Chair of the Science and Math Department at Jarvis Christian College. Dr. Palmer authored several books, including Vignettes Of A Wonderful Life!: The Amalgamated Autobiographies Of Mary Maxine And Ralph Thomas Palmer in 2011 and several online books in 2012.