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David Moroi


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Moroi, David
1926 - 2018
David Shuichi Moroi, 91, passed away peacefully with his sons by his side the morning of August 29, 2018, at Parkside Village located in Westerville, OH. David was born October 15, 1926 in Iruma City, Japan. He was the first son of Etsuzo and Jun Moroi. He was a devoted husband to Kazue E. Moroi, who passed before him in October of 2015. He was the older brother of Yukio Moroi, who passed away earlier. During his early academic years, David attended high school and college in Japan. David successfully obtained a competitive Fulbright Scholarship for his graduate studies in physics at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in physics and quantum electrodynamics in 1959. He continued his training as a post-doctoral fellow at Iowa State University, which is when his wife Kazue Moroi joined him in Ames, Iowa. For a short time, David and Kazue lived in South Bend, Indiana, while he was at Notre Dame University. Eventually David and Kazue landed in Kent, Ohio where David began his faculty position with Kent State University. David joined the Department of Physics at Kent State University where he climbed the ranks from Assistant Professor to Full Professor. He was involved in the development of the Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute, founded in 1965. He mentored three doctoral students for their PhD research on theoretical studies in liquid crystals. David became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1973. A majority of his summers during the 1960's through the 1970's, David loved participating at the Aspen Center for Physics, in Aspen, Colorado. David took a research sabbatical during 1983 at Wright-Patterson AFB where he continued research collaboration for the next three summers. He retired from academic life in 2000. After retirement, David and Kazue moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 2001. For a short time, David served as a Board of Director of M-Corporations. During the summers, David enjoyed road trips across the United States to visit numerous National Parks. He and Kazue packed the camper and children for camping at State Parks, KOAs and National Parks. The family enjoyed fishing for trout in many streams and lakes, clam digging, hiking, rock hounding, and fossil hunting. He enjoyed playing and watching baseball, and he was the greatest sports dad for Pee Wee football, baseball and ice hockey. Dave's other hobbies included toy trains and stamps. David is survived by his three children, Sayoko Eileen Moroi-Fetters, Ann Arbor, MI, married to Michael Fetters, Shigeyoshi Albert Moroi, New Albany, OH, married to Cora Moroi, and Katsumi Karl Moroi, Columbus, OH. David has six grandchildren, Kori M. Fetters, Tomoyuki D. Fetters, Kazuhisa B. Fetters, Takashi D. Fetters, Morgan K. Moroi, and Madison T. Moroi. A Memorial Service to celebrate David's life will be held at 10AM on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5101 Johnstown Road, New Albany, OH 43054. SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST, Gahanna, Ohio have been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in David Moroi's memory to Glaucoma Research Foundation by mail Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108, by phone (800) 826-6693, or online https://getinvolved.glaucoma.org/donate . To leave online condolences visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sept. 1 to Oct. 17, 2018
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