鄭家駿 Chia-Chung Cheng is the Founding President of CCGKC in 1972. He passed away on December 2nd, 2016. We received the following photos, biography, and eulogy from his family.
Chia-Chung (C.C.) Cheng was born in Tianjin, China on May 5, 1925, and the only child of Chiu-Wan Chien and Ke-Liang Cheng. At the age of 13. he met the girl who would become the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Katherine. They attended. middle school, high school, and university, where they shared a common iove 0 music, chemistry and sports.
After graduating from Chekiang University in 1949, CC. left his homeland for graduate studies. At the end of a 17-dayjourney on the SS President Wilson, he arrived at Pier 41 in San Francisco and then made his way to Austin, Texas. Katherine arrived in 1953, and they were married in the small Texas town of Anderson. C.C. earned a PhD in Chemistry in 1954 from The University of Texas at Austin.
He completed post-doctoral work at New Mexico Highlands University where he helped to synthesize Allopurinol, used to combat gout. A second postdoctoral role at Princeton University led him to his first job directing a team of scientists at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City in 1959, where they lived for the next 40 years. Subsequent to the passing of his beloved mother in 1963, he dedicated his life’s work to finding a cure for cancer. Among his many accomplishments, one compound he synthesized, Mitoxantrone, is still used today for treatment of breast cancer and non-lymphoid leukemia. C.C. spent 20 years at MRI and finished his illustrious career in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he served as a professor and director of the cancer center for many years.
After retiring at the age of 74, CC. and Katherine moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where they enjoyed time with new and old friends at the Chinese American Community Center. He continued to pursue his life-long interests in photography and music. In 2004, they relocated back to Texas, where they spent many more happy years with children and grandchildren in Sugar Land.
C.C. was widely known by family and friends as someone with an unparalleled sense of humor and a penchant for storytelling. He was generous in spirit and service. Every holiday, he and Katherine opened their hearts and home to countless students from China and Taiwan.
C.C. symbolized love, strength and resilience, and conducted himself with grace and
gratitude. His reflections about the past and learnings from the present were built upon integrity and humility. He found a balance between his adopted country and his native one, appreciating the beauty and opportunity within America while remaining passionate about Chinese history, literature, poetry and culture.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Katherine. He is survived by his four daughters: Amy (Anthony Stella) Vollmer of Wilmington, DE; Anna (Joel) Catalano of Sugar Land, TX; Alice (Christopher) Beukers of Singapore; Audrey (Robert) Trevino of Sugar Land, TX, and eight grandchildren: Jeffrey (Brooke Stevens) Vollmer, Katherine Vollmer, Carson (Michael) De Fries, David Catalano, Alexandra Beukers, William Beukers, Maya Trevino and Sofia Trevino.
Summarizing 91 years in 10 minutes seems impossible. Our father, to us, was larger than life, and it’s hard to find words that even come close to how I feel. But I’ll try.
As I began to wn‘te this eulogy, i realized that many of you here didn’t know our father until he moved to Houston. In fact, many of you never saw him without his wheelchair. Certainly most of you didn‘t know him before the age of 60.
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