Celebrating the life of Sam Fujisaka
This morning we received the sad news that DAPA team member, and great friend, Sam Fujisaka passed away. Over the past 8 months he battled pancreatic cancer, but it got the better of him this morning.
Sam worked with us in CIAT for over 20 years, and we all will remember him very fondly. He was probably the smartest guy around here, and to many, was a mentor, a friend and a source of enormous fun. His commitment to his work was tremendous, and his real belief in the power of science to make our world a better place was contagious. His own research over the years has undeniably contributed to improved wellbeing across many regions of the world. His insightful strategic mind, and his capacity to synthesise complex issues also helped countless colleagues and friends do the right thing on both a personal and professional level. He’s influenced a whole generation with his unique mind, personality and outlook on life.
Sam is survived by three daughters, Dana Zsofia, Nicole and Claire. And his spirit will live on in many of us. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Love ya Sam!
Please leave a comment if you knew Sam, and perhaps share a Sam-story – we all have them!
Below a photo which Alexandra Walter refers to in comment number 43. Sam happy after having made his own salad in the hospital: