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Sadao “Sid” Kunimura: Radiology Loses an Old Friend and Colleague

Post Date: August 7, 2018
Sadao “Sid” Kunimura: Radiology Loses an Old Friend and Colleague

Sadao “Sid” Kunimura’s career began in 1954 at Cincinnati Children’s rising to chief radiologic technologist. His position was later held by Gary Henry, Janet Beerman and currently by Todd Lehkamp. During his career Sid made many life long friends in the Department of Radiology. Sid kept in touch with the department by attending seminars, retirement events, etc. He later transitioned his services and experience to Philips Medical US, until his retirement in 1996.

Featured Photo (above): Sid Kunimura (right) attending Janet Beerman’s (left) retirement party

Sadly, Sid passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2018. Sid was born January 15th, 1933 in Hilo, Hawaii, the sixth of six children to Kyosuke and Teiko (Saita) Kunimura, both of whom were born and raised in Japan. Sid was the last survivor of siblings Hajime, Tetsuro, Atsuko, Chikako and Miwako.

Photo: Sid Kunimura (third from right), at one of Cincinnati Children’s, Radiology events

He is survived by his loving wife Betty (Miyasato) of 63 years, 2 sons Wayne (Anne) & Robert (Jeanne), 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Photo: Camera in hand, Sid attending Janet Beerman’s retirement party

He enjoyed photography, music and family. A Memorial visitation will be held August 18th, 2018 at Spring Grove Funeral Homes (4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223) from noon until the service begins at 2:00. Sid will be laid to rest at Spring Grove Cemeteries Lakeside Mausoleum. Online condolences can be left at www.SpringGrove.org

Here are some condolences left by some of his former colleagues:

“Sid was a great guy and I depended upon him so much during my CHMC days. I have fond memories of Sid holding a child upside down on the X-ray table for a pneumoencephalogram. He was very helpful in figuring out new techniques and the technical aspects of radiography and fluoro. And more than that, he was a nice man.” -Dr. Robert Kaufman

“Working with Sid, I learned a lot about what went into creating a good film with the first exposure.” -Dr. Gayle Bickers

“Sid was such a very nice man, he made Chief technologist in the 70’s and 80’s” -Dr. Diane Babcock


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About the author: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.