Sen-Itiroh Hakomori

February 13, 1929November 10, 2020

Sen-Itiroh Hakomori, age 91, of Mercer Island, Washington passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Sen-Itiroh was born February 13, 1929 in Sendai, Japan. Survived by his wife, Mitsuko; daughter, Naoko Vaughn; sons, Yo-Ichiro Hakomori and Ken-Jiro Hakomori; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kyojiro, Shozaburo, and sister, Kazuko.

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SARAH Spiegel

November 25, 2020

It is with profound sadness that I was informed of the passing of my role model, Professor Sen-itiroh Hakomori. A long time ago when I was a graduate student, his papers and reviews on the role of glycoconjugates in cancer sparked my imagination and inspired me to pursue a career on sphingolipids. He was a wonderful advocate for research in glycoconjugates and glycosphingolipids in particular, a true leader and the guru of the field. During his long career, he influenced countless scientists like myself and provided us with an amazing role model that was hard to follow in his big footsteps. Anyone who had the honor of interacting with Professor Hakomori will tell you that he had a deep passion for helping to shape the next generation of glycosphingolipid scientists. He was a champion of advancing careers of young female scientists and his generous spirit influenced my generation and generations to come. His legacy will live on through the works of countless researchers who continue working in the field of sphingolipids and many colleagues throughout the world will miss him tremendously.
Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Helio Takahashi

November 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us! Brazilian glycobioligists will certainly miss you! Great Person. A superb Professor, Scientist, Glycobiologist and an inspiration for young glycoscientists. My condolences to Ms. Hakomori.

Anita Straus

November 20, 2020

We learn a lot with you. However a busy professor, when invited you always came to share your knowledge with us. Thanks for teaching and sharing your experiences. Certainly you helped the improvement of Glycobiology in Brazil.
Our condolences to Mrs. Mitsuko Hakomori, sons, daughter and grandchildren

Erika Suzuki

November 20, 2020

I was a post-doc in Dr. Hakomori's lab for 2.5 years.
It was a great honor to work in his lab. I learned a lot in that time and I am truly grateful.
He was a brilliant scientist and left a very important legacy in Science. He will be missed.
My condolences to his family.
Sao Paulo, Brazil