751. A letter to the NTU 1962 ChemE Classmates/Wen-Ching Yang/2020/09

A letter to the National Taiwan University 1962 ChemE Classmates:

                                                                           Author: Wen-Ching Yang

With a heavy heart, I am writing to let you know that our classmate, Bob Cheng (鄭寶鼎), passed away on the night of September 20 at 11:50 pm due to colon cancer complications. A memorial service will be held on October 10 (Saturday) at 2:00 pm, location to be announced.  Because of Corona pandemic, the service will be outdoors with a limited of 50 people.  Those who are interested in attending, please get in contact with our classmate, Shen-Yann Chiu (949-903-0705).

Bob and his wife, Jean, are both devoted Christians and have performed countless community services.  Bob was an entrepreneur and founded FEMA Electronics Corporation, a display specialist for LCD & LED, at Dayton, NJ, shortly after graduation and made the adventure into a very successful business.  He was a well-known philanthropist in the Taiwanese American community and was a founder of T. A. Archives (www.taiwaneseamericanhistory.org) dedicated to preserving the history of Taiwanese Americans in the U. S..

Bob was one of two classmates who sent me off to the U.S. on Jan. 23, 1964, more than 50 years ago, and subsequently became my best man during my wedding on August 24, 1968, in Pittsburgh.  After that we pretty much lost our contact when we both were busy in our own careers until 2013.  In November 2013, my wife Rae and I visited southern California and took the opportunity to visit our 1962 ChemE classmates and high school classmates.  Bob did not show up for the reunion, but we did find a separate opportunity to get together.  His residence sits high up on the hill overlooking the Pacific ocean.  The scenery was so serene and peaceful, and the sunset was so beautiful, I could not resist taking a sunset photo from his back porch.  I did not realize then that was our last farewell.  Regrettably, I did not take a photo for us together for the last time.  Farewell Bob with a lot of memories.

Source from Wen-Ching Yang

Posted on 09/29/2020