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[Annelida] Dr Minoru Imajima

Nancy Maciolek via annelida%40net.bio.net (by njmaciolek from gmail.com)
Wed Apr 6 21:51:26 EST 2016

Dear Waka and all,

I am so very sorry to hear about Dr. Imajima's passing. His work was so
elegant and detailed, and his illustrations set a very high standard that
has been met by few.

In 1979 I wrote to Dr. Imajima concerning species of Prionospio and Spio
that were described from Japan.  He kindly sent me some material and gave
me information on locating type specimens. Ten years later, in 1989, he
contacted me about editing and commenting on several manuscripts that he
was preparing on spionid polychaetes from Japan. We corresponded (via snail
mail, of course, back then!) for several months. At Christmas time,  I
would receive a beautiful gift from him:  one year some stamps, a piece of
silk, and another year a beautiful Japanese doll. Those items are among my
treasures; although of course the gifts were not necessary, I was thrilled
to receive them.

We have lost a standard-bearer for our profession.


Nancy J. Maciolek

On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 2:18 AM, waka sato-okoshi <wsokoshi from tohoku.ac.jp>

> Dear all,
> It is our great regret to inform you sad news that Dr. Minoru Imajima
> passed away in the early morning of 13 March in Sayama City, his hometown.
> He has been suffering cancer and has long been in the hospital. He was so
> enthusiastic about polychaete systematics and his passion made him bring
> his microscope to the hospital room and had continued his research and
> writing books until the very end. He just completed publishing the book
> “Polychaete Part 4” (in Japanese) and we were happy to see it. Masanori,
> Dr. Masanori Sato met him just one month ago, and he told me that he looked
> very fine at that time and communicated about the old habitat conditions of
> one species of Hediste. We all thank him for his great contributions to not
> only annelid world but also to systematic societies. We are sharing the
> pains with his family and friends. We are so sorry for not telling you
> sooner.
> Waka and all the polychaetologists in Japan.
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