Tom Saburo Miya

April 6, 1923May 30, 2019

Tom Saburo Miya, 4/6/23-5/30/19 was born in Hanford, CA to Katsunosuke and Harue Miya. He is survived by daughter Pamela of Omaha and brother Harry of Hanford, CA, sisters-in-law Nancy of Hanford and Patricia of Redondo Beach, CA, numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wives Midori and Katherine Underwood, parents, brothers Yooichi, Kyoshi, Frank; sisters Hideko, Kazuko, and Yoshiko. Just after Pearl Harbor and Executive Order 9066 Tom and his family were interned but he was eventually able to leave the Fresno Assembly Center, about 8 months later, to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Just short of completing his undergraduate degree Tom was drafted and served in the U.S. Army with the Provost Marshall General's Office making trips to the Pentagon. He was very proud of his service and country and has always requested an American flag at his memorial. Tom was a graduate of the University of Nebraska (BS, MS), Purdue University (PhD) , and received an Honorary DSci from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was a professor and chairman of pharmacology at Purdue and the University of Nebraska. He was Dean, School of Pharmacy, and Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1977-1992. A memorial service will be held June 27 at 1:30 at the funeral home. A family memorial service will be held in Hanford, CA at a later date. Inurnment will be in Hanford. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to HETRA (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy), 10130 S. 222nd St., Gretna, NE 68028.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 27, 2019


Tom Saburo Miya

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craig schnell

June 27, 2019

Tom served as my major adviser in graduate school and, later, as my dept chair at Purdue University.
He was an incredibly wise, caring, and intelligent. He was a friend of everyone. He was my mentor for over 54 years.
He exuded a very positive attitude, even when confronted with
illegal treatment as his interment during WWII.

His dept of pharmacology was nationally ranked in the top ten depts--a real accomplishment since Tom's dept was in a college of pharmacy competing with larger and better funded depts in colleges of medicine.

Tom was elected president of the Society of Toxicology and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. He was awarded several national awards for service, and he received an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Tom was a great husband and father. He came from a large family but kept in touch with his relatives and siblings.

Tom made a huge difference in the life of many, especially over
100 graduate students.

GOD-speed, Tom