Kiyohiro Tsuzuki, textile business leader and supporter of the arts and education, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, on Oct. 1, 1937, he was the son of the late Yoshie Isogai and the late Ryohei Tsuzuki. The founder of textile company TNS Mills, Inc. he was an industry leader in the United States, Japan, and Brazil. The former chairman of Tsuzuki Spinning Company in Nagoya, Japan, Tsuzuki was one of the first Japanese business leaders to locate operations in the United States close to forty years ago. A strong believer in the future of the U.S. textile industry, Tsuzuki led the modernization of the industry through the late 1980s and 1990s. He believed the industry could prosper through investment in research, education and technology. He held multiple textile patents.
Tsuzuki shared with his late wife, Chigusa Tsuzuki, a love for the arts and cultural education. He was an accomplished artist, inventor, pilot and published author. His devotion to Greenville and his native land was evidenced in particular by Nippon Center Yagoto, built together with his late wife as a Japanese cultural and educational center for the community. He was committed to the internationalization of Greenville, and paved the way to make it an attractive home for many multinational corporations. In addition, he was a founding contributor to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
He is survived by his children, Yuri and Seiji Tsuzuki, both in Greenville. Also surviving are his two sisters, Chieko Shudo and Kiyoko Oota in Japan.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Furman University, Tsuzuki Fund for Asian Studies, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613.
The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.
Published in The Greenville News on Jan. 19, 2005.