Fumio Matsumura 1934-2012

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This memorial website was created to remember Fumio Matsumura who was born on Feb 5, 1934 and passed away on Dec 6, 2012.

Fumio Matsumura, 78, of Davis, California, died of complications stemming from pneumonia on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

Dr. Matsumura was a Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis from 1987 until the time of his death.  He wrote the seminal text Toxicology of Insecticides, and studied the molecular mechanisms of pesticide action, including unintended effects upon the environment and human health. He received the Founder’s Award, the highest award given by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Burdick and Jackson Award by the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Matsumura served as Associate Director of the Center for Ecological Health Risks, Director of the UC Davis Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Editor of the journal Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology and scientific counselor of the National Toxicology Program. A full Career Tribute can be found here.

He was born to the late Taga Oki Matsumura and Takashi Matsumura, Feb. 5, 1934, in Fukui, Japan. Fumio graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1957 and received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario in 1961. He married Teruko Akashi in 1965, and they lived together in Madison, WI and Okemos, MI, before relocating to Davis.

In the US, Fumio is survived by his wife, Teruko Matsumura of Davis CA, two sons, Ichiro Matsumura of Decatur, GA, and Miko Matsumura, daughter-in-law Elisabeth Jorgens and grandson, Jackson Matsumura all of San Jose CA. In Japan, he is survived by his older brother Takatoshi and younger sister Yasue. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Yasuo Matsumura.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a lecture series at UC Davis. Details are available here.

Burial will be privately held. A memorial service for friends and colleagues will be announced pending arrangements.

Please leave your condolences, messages and memories for Teruko, Ichiro, Miko, Lis, Jackson and the rest of the family and dear friends here.





  1. Annie Lin
    Dec 13, 2012

    This is a shocking news! I felt so sad. He really was a humble gentlemen. My deep condolence to Terri and her family. May God comfort you! Thinking of you!

  2. genevieve
    Dec 15, 2012

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  3. Carol J. Cannon
    Jan 11, 2013

    Dear Terri, and your family, as well–I am so sorry to hear that you lost your husband/father…. It is always a shock, but especially when it is so unexpected. I hope that all of your memories from your life together will sustain you through the hard times. I am praying for you and yours.–As always, Carol

  4. Guest
    Jan 30, 2013

    thank you Carol, ill pass this along to my mom

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