Established in 1965, The University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry offers a fully accredited dental program with a proud tradition of excellence.
In addition to teaching and service, the college has a strong commitment to research. Innovative learning, research, and clinical experiences are provided for students during the academic year.
It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Kunio Komiyama which occurred at Royal University Hospital on Monday, September 26. Kunio received his DDS from Osaka Dental College in 1966 and went on to complete his PHD in Oral Microbiology and Immunology 1970. On April 1, 1974 he joined the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry where he remained a presence for over 40 years. He was granted Professor Emeritus status at the U of S upon his retirement in 2006, but continued teach courses until recently.
At the College, Kunio taught Oral Microbiology, as well as Immunology and Physiology and Infection Control to dental students, and for a brief period of time also did some teaching in Endodontics. Kunio was noted for his contribution to developing a “solar-powered” toothbrush. He coordinated a course for 4th year in which he had numerous faculty from the College of Medicine give interesting and informative lectures to enhance multidisciplinary teaching. Kunio was always interested in his students and loved hearing of and talking about their professional and personal accomplishments. Students appreciated his kindness and interest in their lives and pending careers. He enjoyed playing softball with the Dentistry summer softball team, and socializing with the students, faculty and friends. He loved baseball, and was one of the Blue Jays’ first and most dedicated fans. He was a dog lover, arriving in Saskatoon in 1974 with two large German Shepherds (“Winnie” and “Mannie” - named after “Winnipeg” and “Manitoba”). Later in life, he “downsized” to smaller dogs, and more recently a cat.
Kunio remained a constant ambassador and advocate for the College and the University till the day he passed, one of the most recognizable faces associated with the College of Dentistry. A kind, gentle and considerate human being, generous to a fault, his positive attitude and ever present full face and eyes grin will remain indelible for all who knew him. Simultaneously complicated and simple, confusing and clear, flawed and perfect, Kunio dedicated his life to the people and the program he loved. In addition to his grin, his laughter will echo throughout the halls of the Health Sciences and Dental Clinic buildings for years to come.