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[Annelida] Dr Minoru Imajima

Harry Hove, ten via annelida%40net.bio.net (by harry.tenhove from naturalis.nl)
Thu Apr 7 08:28:47 EST 2016

Dear Waka and other polychaetologists,

Another of the dedicated polychaetologists gone, a loss to the polychaete
taxomomic community. Since Dr. Imajima started in earnest with the family
Serpulidae (mid seventies), we have been in mail contact. He started with
sending all his serpulid manuscripts for my critical advise and in the
early eighties he asked me to co-author some of his work, which I happily
did. His very detailed drawings already were mentioned by most
correspondents, they made a check of the material  ̶  of which he mostly
sent some along  ̶  almost superfluous. Notwithstanding this fairly
intensive exchange of ideas and material, we never met in person. The last
decades our contacts dwindled to a regular exchange of reprints mainly. The
other aspect of his personality (around Xmas) already was mentioned by

Harry A. ten Hove

2016-04-07 4:51 GMT+02:00 Nancy Maciolek <njmaciolek from gmail.com>:

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