Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Shig I contacted you at the beginning of this year to tell you I was going to visit you in Connecticut. You told me about your cancer, but I thought it was too soon for you.
Tears are in my eyes, I was specting to see you again.
It was a real EXPERIENCE and HONOUR working with you, I remember you as a REAL SCIENTIST and of course such a funny no boring person.
You will be always in my mind and in my heart.

To Blanche and your sons all my love.
Raquel Riquelme and Miguel

Posted by Raquel Riquelme - Madrid (Spain)   July 05, 2019

To Shig's familiy,
I am so sad to learn of Sig's death. We overlapped in connecticut when he was a new faculty member and I was post-docing with Kent Morest. I also served on study section with him. In all settings he was a breath of fresh air. A super dedicated neuroscientist and a winning human being. And he was very funny! For teaching he was tasked with learning and teaching head anatomy, always that most difficult region. And he threw himself into learning material that was pretty far afield from his scientific training. He coined a sentence that only an anatomist can appreciate" "you get behind the mandible and you can go forever!"I have quoted him every year of my teaching career! I will always remember Shig. To his family, my sincere condolences.
-Mark Whitehead

Posted by A friend   May 24, 2019

Dear Blanche and all of Shig's family,

The news of Shig's passing is immensely sad. Shig set the tone for my working life. He taught me about hearing, about computers, about people. His indomitable spirit has always been, and will continue to be, an inspiration. I will always enjoy thinking of his hearty laugh, his enthusiasm, his honesty, and his scientific insights. I treasure the lamp he made that sits in our living room and lights our evenings. I just feel lucky to have known Shig.

Please accept my sincere condolences,

Posted by A friend   May 15, 2019

My condolences to Dr Kuwada's family. I met him in several auditory meetings, where he was an essential reference. I always remember his good humor and his love of cigars.
We have lost a great scientist and a great person!
Dolores E. López, Salamanca

Posted by A friend   May 14, 2019

At one of the ARO meetings in Florida, many many years ago, there was always a lot of laughter during lunch time on the other side of the swimming pool. Clearly the man talking had a lot of listeners and all of them laughing. Asking my husband Philip who this man was he answered Shig, oh he is so funny, so witty, so smart too. Later he started talking to us, our children and we got to know him better, little by little. Then I met Blanche at one of the conferences and we got to spend time together talking about Shig's past, their children, grandchildren, etc. .. He clearly was a great man, in many ways: a good husband, father, grandfather, friend and scientist. The emptiness he leaves behind is there to stay, he can not be replaced. At best, those who were the closest to him, will learn to live with the emptiness, but one can never really get over such a big loss.Therefore, I wish you all lots of strength, may you find comfort in all the good memories of Shig and in each other. Christa Joris-Dils (from Leuven, Belgium)

Posted by A friend   May 13, 2019

When I first came to U.W. Madison in 1979 Shig, Donata Oertel and I were post-docs in the same lab and from day 1 became friends. Shig was a damn good scientist/colleague and an even better human being/friend. Safe journey Shig!

Posted by Philip Smith - Madison, WI   May 13, 2019

When I first moved to Madison in 1979, Shig, Donata Oertel and I were all post docs in the same lab and from that first day were and always will be friends. Shig was one of a kind, a hell of a scientist and a hell of a human being. Safe journey Shig!!

Posted by A friend   May 13, 2019

The best neuroscientist and the best friend. We will miss very much Sigh scientific contributions and generosity. He will be always in our memory.
Miguel Merchan

Posted by Miguel Merchan - Salamanca   May 13, 2019

I worked closely with Shig for 3 years when he was at the Univ. of Wisconsin and we bonded for life. He was an outstanding scientist who worked hard but also played hard. The photo captures his personality perfectly, always with a hearty belly laugh for all. He was a one-of-a-kind. I will miss him dearly. My condolences to Blanche and his extended family.

Posted by Tom Yin - Madison, WI   May 12, 2019

Though he was a few years younger than me, I remember him & his family well, growing up on the same street in Winnipeg. My condolences to the rest of the family; you are in my thoughts!

Posted by Adele Clarke - Austin, TX   May 11, 2019

He was a good and fine man. A scholar and a student, he was unique without being solitary. He was honest, exacting and plain spoken. I knew him only as a colleague but he was admirable. It is not just that he is gone, it is that there are few like him to take his place.

Posted by Joel Levine MD - Farmington CT, CT   May 11, 2019

I am so, sorry for all he and his family went through during WWII and sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful man, despite his hardships and yet went on to do so, much in life. God bless all of you.

Posted by Judith Willett - Old Saybrook, CT   May 11, 2019