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In Remembrance: Prof. Akira Nakajima

Posted on June 28, 2017
Topic: Leadership

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Past ICO President Prof. Akira Nakajima, who died on June 16 at the age of 93. “He was immensely wise and patient,” says Current ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, who worked with Prof Nakajima for many years. “His contributions over time to ophthalmology cannot be overestimated.”

Specializing in genetics, refraction, and cornea, Prof. Nakajima became a Professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 38, where he created a strong department. “Akira was an outstanding national and international figure in ophthalmology, and he made enormous contributions in teaching, research, and clinical practice,” says Dr. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Treasurer.

Prof. Nakajima began a reorganization and elevation of the ICO during his tenure as President (1990–1998), and he continued this service as an Honorary Life Member of the ICO Board. “Akira was an intense worker, inveterate traveler, and a kind individual,” says ICO Immediate Past President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

He was President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 1988 to 1990. In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Prof. Nakajima with the Gonin Medal for outstanding work and research in 1986, and he received the José Rizal Medal from the APAO in 1987.

Please send tributes to Prof. Nakajima to news@icoph.org.

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