Robert Nakamura

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Nakamura, Robert WESTERLO On July 26, 2018, Robert Nakamura passed away following a battle with stomach cancer. Bob was a professor, adventurer, and avid cook who loved his family, his life, and his work. He was born on April 23, 1945, in a Japanese internment camp in Tule Lake, Calif. and raised in West Los Angeles. While studying at the University of California at Berkeley, he met his wife, Jaye, through a shared interest in labor rights. Bob went on to obtain his Ph.D. in political science at Berkeley. When Bob began teaching at SUNY Albany, he and Jaye moved to Westerlo, where they have lived for over 30 years, and raised two children, Jeffrey and Lauren. Bob believed firmly in the good that government could do and worked on legislative development in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Region. Bob was a loving father and husband, cooking dinner for his family most nights. He organized many adventures for his family - whether it was a three-hour drive to try a specific kind of barbeque or flying to Alaska to see glaciers and old mining towns. Bob is survived by his wife, Jaye; his children, Jeffrey and Lauren; his grandchildren, James and Pierre; and his sister, Kathryn. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. There will be a memorial service in Robert Nakamura's honor on September 8, from 2-5 p.m. at the University of Albany's Milne Hall, located at 431 Washington Ave., Albany. Memorial donations may be made to the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 11, 2018
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