We are saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Shuryo Nakai. Dr. Nakai passed away peacefully on January 16, 2012 at the age of 85. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 59 years, Michie, daughters, Hitomi Gilliam, Harumi Nakai, Emily Nakai, and grandson, Colin Gilliam.
Born in Kanazawa, Japan, Dr. Nakai attended the University of Tokyo where he received his Ph.D. in Food Science. He completed his post-doctorate at the University of Illinois. In 1966, he joined UBC as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science. Dr. Nakai rose quickly through the ranks to full professorship in 1975.
As a food scientist, Dr. Nakai became acknowledged internationally and garnered many awards for his outstanding body of work. Although he retired from undergraduate teaching in 1991, he remained actively involved in what he loved most – conducting research. He continued to work tirelessly at his office at UBC until he was 81.
Donations may be made in Dr. Nakai’s memory to the Shuryo Nakai Scholarship at https://www.supporting.ubc.ca/onlinedonation/index.php?dsp=D330%20Shuryo%20Nakai%20Scholarship
Click here to read Dr. Nakai’s full obituary in the Vancouver Sun: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=shuryo-nakai&pid=155564615