A Grateful Tribute to Dr. Kawasaki

Dr. Anne Rowley

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann
& Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology/Immunology
Former IKDS President

I feel extremely fortunate to have known Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki. He was a true gentleman and a friend to all of us in the Kawasaki disease field. He was one of the kindest people I ever met. I remember particularly how strongly he spoke out against war and conflict. I learned so much from interacting with him. I remember with fondness hosting a party at my home in the Chicago area to honor him and Reiko, when they were visiting Chicago in 2005. They really enjoyed social gatherings! Reiko was a devoted wife who took very good care of him and was also a wonderful role model. Tomi was very interested in our etiology research and he sent me many encouraging notes about our progress over time. This made me want to work all the harder to solve the difficult problem of Kawasaki disease etiology. We will honor his memory by continuing this work, and I will never forget the precious time we had with him.

Dr. Kawasaki in photos

Stan and Claire Shulman, Susan Baker, Tomi and Reiko Kawasaki, Susan Baker, Anne Rowley, and Hiro Kato on the Big Island of Hawaii
Anne Rowley, Reiko and Tomi Kawasaki, Delane Shingadia, Stan Shulman, Patrick Gavin, and Alex Freeman at an International Kawasaki Disease Symposium
Drs. Kawasaki, Rowley, and Burns at an International Kawasaki Disease Symposium
Co-Chairs Drs. Rowley and McCrindle, Greg Chin, Dr. Elliot Antman, and Dr. Kawasaki at the 11th International Kawasaki Disease Symposium

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