CHARLES MASAYUKI KAGAWA
CHARLES MASAYUKI KAGAWA Charles Masayuki Kagawa passed away at Queen's Medical Center on May 9, 2015. He was 92 years old. His wife, Mari, preceded him in death on July 23, 2010, at the age of 82. He is survived by three sons, Clifton, Carlton (Laura), and Ron (Jill), and 4 grandchildren. Charles "Charlie" was born in Halaula, Hawaii, on February 11, 1923. He was a graduate of Kohala High School, North Kohala, Hawaii, and a 1945 University of Hawaii graduate. In 1948, he received his Master's Degree and in 1953 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, in endocrinology and biochemistry. He recalled being on the roof of Atherton House, while attending the University of Hawaii, Manoa, on December 7, 1941, and seeing from a distance the attack on Pearl Harbor and how his life changed at that point. He was inducted into the United States Army and served in the Military Intelligence Service. He was very proud of his military service for his country. While attending the University of Wisconsin, he met and married Mari Toki on September 10, 1949 in Madison, and upon graduation, Charlie, Mari and their 2 sons moved to Des Plaines, Illinois, where he began employment at G. D. Searle, a pharmaceutical company. While living in Des Plaines, he received in 1960 the Chicagoan of the Year Award in Science with Dr. J. A. Cella for their significant contributions to medicine and the development of spironolactone, a medicine used in the treatment of edema, hypertension, and cardio/liver problems. While he received numerous accolades for his research and development and numerous publications in science, he was just as proud of his 1962 award for the Father of the Year, as one of 38 selected from the entire Chicago area as a result of an essay written by his older son, Clifton, and selected from the tens of thousands of submissions from all of the schools in the greater Chicago and suburban area. In 1964, the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Charlie was the Director of Biological Research and Development at Alcon Laboratories. He worked there until retirement, when he and Mari retired to Honolulu, Hawaii and spent many happy years thereafter. In Honolulu, he enjoyed the people, the food, the weather, and most of all, the time he spent with Mari, his family, and friends, especially the Nagao family. His life centered on his family and, in particular, Mari, especially as her health declined in later years. He always put his family first before himself and always emphasized the well being of others and common consideration over his own. After Mari passed, he lived at One Kalakaua, Honolulu, and enjoyed the people at One Kalakaua, his friends, his children and grandchildren, and the occasions of bingo, poker, and fishing. Yet he dearly missed Mari. Charles and Mari are together again at Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery.
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