Tomuo Hoshiko
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As published in The Plain Dealer website on Nov. 15, 2013

HOSHIKO TOMUO "Tom" HOSHIKO Ph.D., 86, of Ashland, and formerly of University Heights, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday night, November 9, 2013 at the Bradford House in Brethren Care Village. Dr. Hoshiko was born October 5, 1927 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to the late Tsunehachi and Toshie (nee Kuroda) Hoshiko. Tom's parents, Japanese immigrants to Canada, had a farm in British Columbia. His father passed away when Tom was 4 years old, and his mother continued farming until the government appropriated their home and land during World War II. Tom and his mother were then assigned to work on a sugar beet farm in Alberta. Later he came to USA for college and he became a naturalized US citizen. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 1949 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1953, and was a Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. A Professor Emeritus, Dr. Hoshiko was Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western University in Cleveland. During Sabbatical years he also was Visiting Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and at the Katholieke Universitiet Leuven, Belgium. He had many presentations and research publications in scientific journals in his area of expertise, transport across biological membranes. Subsequent to his 1962 commitment to Christ, Tom's life increasingly focused on God and on family activities. He was an avid photographer and a great camper, canoeing and fishing up into the Canadian hinterland with family. Long before it was generally popular, he was interested in solar power which he incorporated into a house he built and another that he remodeled. He attended Ashland Grace Brethren Church. He was a member and Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation – a network of Christians in the Sciences, and was a founder of University Christian Forum at Case Western Reserve University. He was President of the Society of General Physiologists, a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, a member of the American Physiological Society, and a member of the Biophysical Society. In 1962 he married Barbara (Rambo) Hoshiko, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Katherine (James) Bentley of Ashland; two sons, Daniel (Ruthanne) Hoshiko of University Heights, OH and James (Kimberly) Hoshiko of Westville, IN; grandchildren, John Bentley, Anna Bentley, Lydia Bentley, Peter Bentley, Kent Hoshiko, Adam Hoshiko, Tim Hoshiko, Jackson Hoshiko, Paul Hoshiko, Nathan Hoshiko, Ben Hoshiko and Lauren Hoshiko; two sisters, Eileen Hoshiko and Yuri (Hoshiko) Goto and one brother, Michael Hoshiko. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary (Hoshiko) Ono. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday November 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland Grace Brethren Church with the Rev. Norm Johnson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Scientific Affiliation ( or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr, Ashland, Ohio 44805. For those not able to attend, expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by using the funeral home website Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home is assisting the Hoshiko family with the arrangements.