President Nakayama dies in Hawaii
Palikir, POHNPEI(FSM Information Services – March 31, 2007) –
The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, with great sadness,
announces that former President Tosiwo Nakayama passed away at the Hawaii
Medical Center West in Honolulu on March 29, 2007.
late President Nakayama was the First President of the FSM.
Nakayama had spent a life-time of public service in various prominent
positions and roles during the United Nation’s Administration of
the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. These positions and responsibilities
included key roles in the Congress of Micronesia and the interim Congress
of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Nakayama’s leadership, commitment and guidance during the nation’s
early efforts towards self-government earned him the respect of his colleagues
and the people of the Federated States of Micronesia. He is one of the
nation’s highly revered and deeply respected Founding Fathers.
In May 1979, Nakayama became the nation’s first President after
the FSM gained its independence as a sovereign nation and continued this
tenure for a second-term.
President Nakayama is from Chuuk and is survived by his children and grandchildren.
He was 75.
The FSM Government is currently in touch with the Nakayama family for
coordination of funeral arrangements.