Narahara, Hiromichi NEWTON, Mass. Hiromichi Tsuda Narahara, age 90, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2014 in Newton of natural causes. Hiro was well loved, the devoted husband of 59 years to Ruth Narahara (recently deceased), and devoted father to son John and wife Pam Narahara of Marlborough, Mass.; daughter Anne and husband Harold Bergman of Laramie, Wyo.; son David and wife Jodi Narahara of Newton and son Daniel and wife Leslie of Reading, Mass. Hiro was also the devoted grandfather to seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Kyle, Emily, Nora, Lea, and Carolyn. Hiro's memory is also shared by his nephew Walter and wife Diane Okada of Germantown, Md., and niece Mary and husband Alan Zeman of Columbia, Md. Hiro was a longtime resident of Delmar for over 40 years, and leaves a circle of beloved friends, neighbors, and church members from the First United Methodist Church of Delmar. Born in Tokyo, Hiro was raised in New York City, and was a graduate of Columbia University, and received his MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. After internship and residency in internal medicine, Hiro devoted his career as a research physician to the study of diabetes. He was recruited to prestigious research positions, first at the University of Washington School of Medicine under Dr. Robert WIlliams, and then at Washington University in St. Louis, on a team headed by Nobel Laureate Carl Cori. Later, Hiro worked in endocrinology research and toxicology at the Division of Laboratories at the State of New York Health Department in Albany. In spite of his credentials, "Just call me Hiro", was his quick reply to those who referred to him as "Doctor." Relentlessly curious, he was astonishing in his range of interests. Faith and his friends at the Delmar United Methodist Church were the foundation of his life, and his lifelong passions for the arts and literature were always nearby. Classical music and art filled our home. In the days before the Internet, his beloved books provided a personal library that reflected his diverse interests - from the great masters of music, art, science, history to humor and do-it-yourself guides. Hiro introduced his family to a lifelong love of the outdoors and the environment, whether it was hiking, cross country skiing, fishing, tending his lawn and garden, or taking pictures with his ever present Nikon. Hiro's legacy is the rarest measure of a life well lived - he enriched the lives of all who knew him, and he was truly loved by his family and all who experienced the warmth of his friendship.
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Published in Albany Times Union from May 2 to May 4, 2014