John Uri Lloyd in Japan 1935
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John Uri Lloyd (1849-1936) was the oldest of three brothers born to Nelson Marvin and Sophia Webster Lloyd, who started Lloyd Brothers, Pharmacists, Inc, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1885. Born in upstate New York, he moved with his family to northern Kentucky when he was only 4 years old. Lloyd came to Cincinnati at the age of 14, and in the middle of the Civil War, to apprentice with William Gordon, a pharmacist. While no one could have imagined it then, Lloyd would become a well-known chemist and pharmaceutical researcher, and is considered one of the modern fathers of Pharmacognosy, the science of extracting medicinal properties from natural matter, such as plants, marine life, and more.

In the fall of 1935, Lloyd undertook a three-month trip to Japan (including travel time of one month on a ship both there and back). He thoroughly enjoyed it and seemed to come back in an improved state of health. While there, and through an introduction by University of Cincinnati Medical College Professor Shiro Tashiro, Lloyd became better acquainted with Hajime Hoshi, a Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer who had visited Cincinnati the year before. Hoshi escorted Lloyd around Japan, taking him to visit some of the more notable sites and introducing him to Hoshi's own colleagues.

Unfortunately, Lloyd's better health did not last and he died in April 1936 just shy of his 87th birthday. His friends in Japan were deeply saddened at the loss of their new friend, and in June of 1936 a memorial shrine was erected and memorial services held with more than 1,000 people attending. Some of the notable attendees included the physician to the Japanese emperor, several members of the Japanese cabinet, faculty from the Imperial University (University of Tokyo), as well as Red Cross officials and Japanese business associates of Lloyd. This was all arranged by Lloyd's friend and colleague, Hoshi. In honor of his passing, Hoshi arranged for a gift of several thousand cherry trees to the city of Cincinnati. These were planted in Eden Park.

The album you are about to explore was a gift to Lloyd from his Japanese friends, and it documents his experiences in Japan, accompanied by his daughter, Annie Lloyd Welbourn and her husband, Dr. O.C. Welbourn, from their arrival to their departure. A few subsequent images document the memorial service held in Japan following Lloyd's death.

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