Tommy Nakayama

Obituary of Tommy Nakayama

Tommy "Tom" Nakayama, 84, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 with his wife at his side. Born in Ballico, California, he was the second son of Clara and Fujio Nakayama. During the mandatory evacuation of anyone of Japanese ancestry from California during World War II, his family chose to relocate to Utah, rather than going to an internment camp. He graduated from Bear River High School in Garland, Utah. He later attended the University of Utah prior to joining and serving as an officer in the United States Army. Upon returning to California, he attended and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. He served on the faculties of the University of California, Davis, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Georgia as a food scientist. He served as department chair at the University of Hawaii and the University of Georgia. He also gained industry experience at the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee, WI. He also headed up a US Agency for International Development program that brought him to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 1957, he married his wife, Kathy, and they had four children. He was a wonderful and loving father and husband. He took his family on many trips to see the world around them. He shared his love of fishing and watching college football with them. He saw many changes over his lifetime and shared his interest in social justice and social change. He loved to travel and lived in the UK, Germany and Japan. He also traveled around Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as North & South America, including an around-the-world trip in retirement. Throughout his life, he maintained his great sense of humor and his unique life perspective. He was blessed to have 84 full years and enjoyed the time with his family and friends. He was an avid family historian and shared his knowledge with everyone. Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy, sons Granta (Larrene Harada) and Dr. Thomas (David Karbonski), daughters Tarynn Yokomizo (Alan Kammerman) and Dr. Tara Barr (Dr. Robert); six grandchildren: Lauren, John, Meredith, Ian, Eli and Maya, and a sister, Grace Miye Sakioka. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Leo Nakayama. A private memorial service will be held in Monroe Township, New Jersey in early January. In lieu of flowers or koden, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Tommy Nakayama to the Food Science & Technology Fund (#: 30916340) at: Office of College Advancement 117 Four Towers Building University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 30606
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