Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Goro Tsuchiya, M.D.

Goro Tsuchiya, M.D., 84 years old, passed away on June 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters at Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa, WI. He was born March 7, 1928, in Tokyo, Japan, to Yukichi and Teru (Nee: Aoki) Tsuchiya.

Goro grew up in Tokyo, Japan where he attended Keio University from Kindergarten through Medical School. After completing his internship and residency at Keio, he came to the United States in 1954 at which time he took three years training in general surgery and four years special training in Neurology and Neurosurgical training at the Research and Education Institute at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois. In 1962 he returned to the teaching program at Keio University and four years later was invited back to the University of Illinois to join the Teaching and Research program. During that time he published several articles. He then joined a Neurosurgical practice in Racine.

Although he retired from surgery in 1995, Goro was still practicing through March 2012. He had hospital staff privileges at United Hospital Systems (Kenosha), Wheaton Franciscan’s All Saints Hospital (Racine), and Aurora Medical Center (Kenosha). He was a member of the American Medical Association of Neurological Surgery, Congress of Neurosurgery and the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Tsuchiya was board certified in Neurological Surgery in 1972.

During his surgical residency at the Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, he met his wife, Mary Kathryn Chaney. They were married on October 25, 1958. Goro is survived by his wife and daughters, Pamela Yuriko Tsuchiya Durkin (Steven), Suzanne Teruko Tsuchiya and his sister, Yoshiko Nishizawa, Nagano, Japan, along with many nieces and nephews still residing in Japan.

 Throughout his life he pursued his interests with passion and joy. Goro was a kind and caring physician beloved by his patients and family and friends. He is an avid gardener and took particular interest in his rose garden. He also enjoyed woodcarving, creating life-like songbirds.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 10-11:30 a.m. until the time of service at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., Racine, WI. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Healthcare Network, First United Methodist Church, or the Diabetes Association.

 803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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