The University of Arizona

Memorial Service for Henry 'Hank' I. Yamamura Scheduled

By Josephine Lai, Department of Pharmacology | September 19, 2008

Henry 'Hank' I. Yamamura was a noted pharmacology faculty member and researcher at the UA. He died Sept. 4.

A memorial service has been scheduled to honor the late Henry
A memorial service has been scheduled to honor the late Henry "Hank" I. Yamamura, a UA Regents' Professor in the College of Medicine who was internationally known for his scholarship.

A memorial service will be held this month to honor Regents' Professor Henry "Hank" I. Yamamura.

Yamamura passed Sept. 4 at the age of 68.

The service will be held Sept. 26 at DuVal Auditorium, located in University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The 4 p.m. event will be broadcast live on the Web and also archived.

Yamamura joined the pharmacology department at The University of Arizona's College of Medicine in 1975. He was internationally renowned and credited with more than 500 scholarly publications and 11 books.

Ranked among the top 100 most-cited scientists in the country, Yamamura focused on receptors – proteins responsible for mediating the actions of many medicines. His research has led to new approaches to treating anxiety, depression, memory loss, pain and addiction.

Yamamura is survived by his wife, Susan, and son, Mark.

The College of Medicine is honored by the establishment of The Hank Yamamura Endowed Fellowship in Pharmacology. The endowment is a tribute to Yamamura from friends, colleagues and family in honor of his contributions to pharmacology and to the lives of his students and colleagues. The endowment is designed to attract and retain promising graduate students in the UA's pharmacology department.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UA Foundation: Yamamura Endowment and mailed to UA College of Medicine, Development Office, P.O. Box 245018, Tucson, AZ, 85724-5018.

To learn more about the endowment, call the Development Office at 520-626-2827.

Visitors attending the memorial service can use visitors’ pay parking garage in front of the University Medical Center. Free special event parking is also available on the UA parking lot 2030 on the southwest corner of Martin Avenue and Mabel Street.

A live webcast of the event, and its video archive, can be viewed at