BLOOMINGTON, MN – Setsuo M. Kawanoue, MD passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Fairview Southdale Medical Center in Edina, MN. He was 81. Dr. Kawanoue was born in Kagoshima, Japan and graduated from Kumamoto Medical College. In 1966, he moved to the United States to complete his medical residency. Board certified in both anatomical and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career that included positions at Cook County Medical Center, Michael Reese Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Presbyterian-St. Luke’s (now Rush University Medical Center), and St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, among others. Dr. Kawanoue eventually settled in Homewood, IL where he and his wife raised two children.
Although he retired In 2004, he remained an active member of the American Medical Association and the College of American Pathologists. In 2006, he and his wife became American citizens and in 2016 they moved to Bloomington, MN to be closer to family. In his free time, Setsuo enjoyed playing Japanese chess, golf, and watching football and baseball, especially his beloved White Sox and Cubs. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Miyoko, daughter Paula (Brett) Talbott of Bloomington, MN, son Simon Kawano of Downers Grove, IL, granddaughter Lauren, brothers Hidemi Kawakami and Kiyomitsu Kawanoue, sisters Sakiko Tachiwada and Kachiko Inoue, and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family in Japan.
Memorial gathering 5:00–8:00 PM, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, MN 55431, 952-884-8145. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mayo Clinic.