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Passed away peacefully at Mt. St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver 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. The youngest of four children, Shuryo was born on December 13, 1926 in Kanazawa, Japan. He attended the University of Tokyo where he received his Ph.D. in Food Science and then went on to work at the Meiji Company where he met Michie. In 1962, the young family moved to the U.S. where Shuryo completed his post-doctorate at the University of Illinois. Shuryo joined the University of B.C. in 1966 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, he became acknowledged internationally and garnered many awards for his outstanding body of work. Two acknowledgments he felt most honored by were the AGFD Award for the Advancement of Agricultural and Food Chemistry by the American Chemical Society and recognition by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most cited scientists in Food Science. 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. Shuryo was known for his tenacity to achieve, work ethic and the belief that anyone had the ability to succeed. He was immensely proud of the graduate students that he had supervised over the years, many of whom went on to pursue their own successful careers all over the world.
Shuryo will be lovingly remembered by his family for his dry humor, smile, laughter, and wise insightful advice. They will always cherish the fond memories from the family vacation road trips and treasure the wonderful home movies and photographs that he so enjoyed to take. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his family physician, Dr. W. Murschell, and would also like to extend their gratitude to Dr. H. Chauhan, Dr. L. J. Sheldon and the dedicated staff of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital 1S ward. In his memory, donations may be made to the the University of B.C. (https:// www.supporting.ubc.ca/ onlinedonation/index.php - then go to "Direct My Gift" > Campus: "UBC Vancouver" > Faculty: "Land and Food Systems" > Project Fund: "D330 Shuryo Nakai Scholarship"). Condolences and any memories of Shuryo can be shared with the family on the website www.remembering.ca .
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2012