Togo Nishiura

November 10, 1931February 12, 2021

Togo Nishiura was born on November 10, 1931, in Mountain View, California, the second of Chiyoko and Shingo Nishiura’s seven children. After graduating from Mountain View High School and receiving a BA from San Jose State University, Togo earned a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University in 1959.

Most of Togo’s professional career was spent as a member of the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a professor of mathematics for over 30 years. He specialized in the fields of topology and real analysis, and he was the author of three books, Dimensions and Extensions (1993, with J. M. Aarts), Homeomorphisms in Analysis (1997, with Casper Goffman and Daniel Waterman), and Absolute Measurable Spaces (2008). He also wrote and reviewed numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals. Upon retirement from Wayne State, he was honored by the Department of Mathematics with the title Professor Emeritus. In 2014, he was recognized for his contributions to real analysis at the Real Analysis Summer Symposium XXXVIII, held at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University, in Prague.

In recent years, Togo focused his research and writing on the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and his own family’s history. His four-part article “Buddhist Altars and Poetry Created During the 1942–1945 Relocation of Japanese Americans: Meeting the Religious Needs of Internees” was published on the Discover Nikkei website ( in 2015.

Togo is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Nishiura, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, as well as his five children and their spouses: Geoffrey Nishiura (Sheryl Nishiura), Red Bank, New Jersey; Katherine Nishiura (Jerry Nassar), Falls Church, Virginia; Stephen Nishiura (Irene Skricki), Baltimore, Maryland; Elizabeth Nishiura, Chicago, Illinois; and Sarah Nishiura (Matthew Groves), Chicago, Illinois. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Elijah, Hannah, Henry, Alex, and Meredith; five siblings, Eizo Nishiura, Patricia Aoki, Frank Nishiura, James Nishiura, and Alfred Nishiura, and their families; and the family of his brother Takao Nishiura.


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Ruth Favro

February 20, 2021

I have fine memories of Togo as my professor in a graduate course (Spring 1963) when we first moved to Detroit, and as a Roeper parent many years later. All my sympathy to the whole family!

ELlen Sullivan taylor

February 19, 2021

My condolences to the Nishiura’ extended family. My deepest sympathies on the loss of Togo, your brother father, uncle or grandfather. “Love, Sam Scholz And ellen Sullivan Taylor.

Jose L. Menaldi

February 19, 2021

I remember him as a colleague and a friend, he was a very valuable member of our department, Togo was our chair when I got my first promotion, which allowed me to remain in Michigan. I have always had a high respect for him. I am very sorry for his depart.