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.
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.
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