Samuel Koide

Dr. Samuel S. (“Sab”) Koide died at his home in Dobbs Ferry, surrounded by family, last Friday, April 2, at age 97.

Born in Honolulu on Oct. 6, 1923, Sab was the fourth of Sukeichi and Hideko Koide’s 12 children. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Dr. Sumi Mitsudo Koide, who passed away on Feb. 15, at age 91. He is survived by his sons Mark (Karen Li) of Mendham, N.J., and Eric (Ling Chen) of Los Gatos, Calif., and by his grandchildren: Jennifer, Thomas, Theodore, Yuki, Sachi, Kinu, and Aki. He is also survived by his brothers, Masanori, Frank, and George, and his sister, Aileen Serikawa, all of Honolulu. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sumi Lynn.

Sab retired as senior scientist of biomedical research at the Population Council, where he also served as assistant director in 2003 after 38 years on staff. He held faculty positions at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, the Rockefeller University, and the Cornell Medical School. Sab received his M.S., M.D., and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He was on the medical staff at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago and the Memorial Hospital in New York. He published more than 300 peer-reviewed studies, primarily in the field of reproductive biology, and mentored dozens of postdoctoral fellows. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1945, and then received that school’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1996 and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. For over 20 years, he was a summer researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Sab may have been best known for his endurance sports career, which he began at the age of 52. In triathlon, he was an Honorable All American in 1989 for his age group. In running, he twice won the New York City Marathon for his age group. He was also named the 2004 Male Runner of the Year by the Millrose AA and the 2005 Runner of the Year for this age group by the New York Road Runner’s Club. 

Sab’s proudest achievement was serving his country in World War II. As a Japanese American, he felt a tremendous responsibility to his country and trained in the Military Intelligence Service Language School of the U.S. Army. He served in the Philippines and in Occupied Japan, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. He had the historic oddity of having been a witness to the Japanese attack on the island of Oahu on Dec. 6, 1941 and the terrorist attack on Manhattan on September 11, 2001. 

In lieu of flowers, send donations in his name to MBL Development, 7 MBL St., Woods Hole, Mass. 02543.


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