Dr. Nobleza Lande

Memorial Mass for Dr. Nobleza Castro Asuncion-Landé, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. February 27, 2010 at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence.  (The Memorial Mass will be preceded by the Praying of the Rosary at 9:00 a.m..)   Inurnment will follow the mass in Pioneer Cemetery.  She died February 13, 2010 at her home.


She was born in Cabanatuan, Philippines the daughter of Dr. Juan A. Asuncion and Dr. Josefa Castro Asuncion.


At the time of her death she was a professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Communication Studies.  Following her B.A. from the University of the Philippines and a teaching position at the Ateneo de Manila University, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Michigan State University. She was a Fulbright scholar to Singapore in 1995 and is past division chairperson of the intercultural communication divisions of both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association.   In 1999 she received the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society Award for Excellence in International Education, and in 2001 a citation from the Rochester Intercultural Conferences as “A lifelong pioneer in intercultural and international communication ethics.”  In 2001, she was inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame.  Dr. Asuncion-Landé currently was editor of Human Communication; Journal of the Pacific Asian Communication Association.  She was a member of the Editorial Board, Howard Journal of Communication and World Communication; Journal of World Communication Association. She was an active member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center and supporter of various Catholic missions abroad.


She married former K.U. Professor Carl H. Landé who she met at Yale where she was Instructor for the Institute of Far Eastern Languages when he was Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department.  He preceded her in death in 2005. 


Survivors include two sons, James of Washington DC ; Charles and his wife, Kitt of Chicago, Illinois; three brothers, Dr. Hector Asuncion; Emerito Asuncion; Arthur Asuncion and Thelma Cannon all of the Washington DC area; three grandchildren, Lilly, Nathaniel and Luke.


The family suggests memorials in her name to either the Saint Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, or the International Rescue Committee, and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.



4 Condolences

  1. Jon and Michelle Fellman on February 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Lande family, you’re in our thoughts. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Jun on March 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family.

  3. Mary Anna Kidd on March 5, 2010 at 12:00 am

    While I’m writing this after the memorial service, Dr. Asuncion-Lande’s family have been on my heart ever since I learned of her death. I think one of the things I liked best about her was her smile, and the way she would be an advocate for the people and causes close to her heart. She invested a lot in her students, such as me, her school, and her discipline. The world was definitely enriched by her presence.

  4. Susan L Allen on April 15, 2010 at 12:00 am

    “Hell’s Bells!” (Surely I’m not the only one she used that phrase with, or was it to!) I have just learned of your mother’s death and am so sorry. She and I had a long a feisty relationship during and after my years as a doctoral student at KU. I was combining anthropology and journalism in a Ph.D. that was a perfect fit for her interests – so she served some hard time on my committee, even visiting me at the East-West Center where I did fieldwork. She was a tremendous help to me and a good friend. My sincere condolences. Susan Allen

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