Yukio ’41 and Toshiko Nakayama visited Duke often during the 60 years they were married. Their visits always took them to Duke Gardens—their favorite place on campus. In their later years, they enjoyed stopping by the Nasher Museum of Art. The Nakayamas gave frequently to financial aid, proud to support what they thought were the finest students anywhere.
The couple planned for years to give their entire estate to Duke. Now that their ashes rest in the Memorial Garden at Duke Gardens, their $7.37 million estate is helping students and supporting the places they loved. Forty percent of the gift created the Yukio and Toshiko Nakayama Financial Aid Endowment, 40 percent went to the Yukio and Toshiko Nakayama Art Museum Endowment, and 20 percent to the Nui Kono Nakayama Gardens Endowment.