Hiroshi Nishiyama

Age: 85
Born: April 03, 1932
Died: July 22, 2017

Obituary

Hiroshi Nishiyama, beloved husband of Hiroko (nee Tajima) for 50 years, passed away on July 22, 2017 at the age of 85.  He was a loving father to Tetsuto "Teddy" (Noriko), Fumie Jill, Shuji Eugene, and the late Rika Joan.  He is survived by beloved grandchildren Hayato Aaron and Chihiro Kristen, and brothers Tosuke (Ritsu) and Keizo (Yuriko).  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Nobu (Takeo).

He was born April 3, 1932 in Sukawa, Gunma, Japan, the second son of Sukeo and Taka Nishiyama.  He studied at Tohoku University in Sendai and graduated from Yokohama Municipal University School of Medicine.  After an internship at Camp Zama US Army Base Hospital in Japan, he came to the United States in 1960 for Pediatric residencies at the University of Maryland and the University of Chicago, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the City of Hope (Duarte, California) with focus on Leukemia.    He traveled through Europe for three months before he returned to Japan in 1965.  He worked at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima, then became head of Epidemiology at Aichi Cancer Research Center in Nagoya in 1967.  In 1969, he returned to the United States with family to work at Wadley Institute of Molecular Medicine in Dallas, Texas as a Hematology fellow.  After a Nuclear Medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan from 1970 - 1972, he started his new career as Chief of Clinical Section, Nuclear Medicine Laboratory, Center for Devices and Radiological Health for the FDA and was invited to become Assistant Professor of Nuclear Medicine division of Radiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He became an American Citizen in 1984.  Soon after promotion to Professor, he became director of Nuclear Medicine at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in 1985.  He was recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America in 1999.  He retired in 2007, but continued to work part-time until Summer 2013.  

Since his move to Cincinnati, he was blessed with the support of many friends and colleagues.  He loved his work and took great pride in serving veterans.  In addition to his work, he volunteered as the principal of the Greater Cincinnati Japanese Language School (Saturday School) from 1985 to 1988.   Cincinnati introduced him to several passions, including the Cincinnati Bengals.  He was a season ticket holder for over 20 years.  He also loved the Cincinnati Ballet, Opera, and Symphony.  He and Hiroko traveled to many foreign countries and made many wonderful memories.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Japanese American Citizens League, 11043 Wood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45242 or to Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church Pastors' Discretionary Fund. 

Visitation

Location: Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 9:30-10:30

Memorial Service

Location: Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM

Interment

Location: Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hiroshi Nishiyama

Age: 85
Born: April 03, 1932
Died: July 22, 2017
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Hiroshi Nishiyama

Hiroshi Nishiyama

Age: 85
Born: April 03, 1932
Died: July 22, 2017