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Margaret T. Nishikawara

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Nishikawara Margaret T. Nishikawara, age 91, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2014. Born in Vancouver, Canada on February 3, 1923. She is survived by her beloved brother, Harold Nishikawara of Victoria, British Columbia; loving niece, Wendy Tanaka of Worthington, OH along with her children, Emi, Keiko and David; nephew, Peter Stenzel of Dublin, OH; many extended relatives throughout Canada. Margaret was a prominent professor in the Department of Physiology at The Ohio State University. She received her BA, MA and PhD from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Enzymology and Statistics. Professor Nishikawara began her teaching and research career at OSU in 1954, retiring as a full professor in 1986. During her 32 year career at OSU, Margaret was a very active member of the University community. Highlights of this lifetime commitment were service as the Chairperson and member of the Graduate Committee for the Department of Physiology; service on the Admissions Committee of the College of Medicine; University service included work on the important Commission on Women and Minorities, the faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee, and the Advisory Committee to the Office of Minority Affairs. As a research scientist, Professor Nishikawara was very prolific, publishing 47 papers in the most prominent publications in her field. Even as she approached retirement, Margaret co-published 6 research papers from 1985 to 1986. Many of her papers still serve as a valuable resource on the internet. Colleagues remember her as a dedicated scientist whose teaching was especially important to women and minority graduate students. Since 2009, Professor Nishikawara has generously funded the "Nishikawara Graduate Student Scholar Awards," which annually awards grants to support graduate student research with an emphasis on developing career in Physiology and Cell Biology. In addition to her teaching and research, Margaret was a very passionate and devoted gardener. She also loved attending the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed visiting the Park of Roses with her companion of many years and Physics Professor at The Ohio State University, Walter Wada. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Park of Roses, 3901 North High Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Park of Roses. Arrangements completed by EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road. Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 10, 2014
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