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In memory of Kwang Ping Chao

Born in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China in 1940, Kwang escaped Japanese Occupation in his townhome to Taiwan with his family in 1948. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Taiwan University and went on to study for his Electrical Engineering Masters at University of Minnesota and PhD at Purdue University. Jobs were hard to come by in the US in the late 1960s. Instead of completing his PhD, Kwang returned to China, where he participated in the Bao Diao (Diao Yu Islands) movement, to support China in regaining control over the islands from the Japanese. He married Ching Ju Liu after returning to the United States, where he began working at the United Nations as a Chinese translator in 1972. They had their first and only daughter, Emma Chao, in 1985. Kwang suffered a stroke in 1991. He then was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2009. The doctors were not sure of the type. He died on 12/15/12 from what doctors thought may be a heart attack. He will not be forgotten for his unparalleled brilliant mind, love for life, and tenacity to persevere. He will be missed greatly.



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