February 5, 1928 - November 15, 2016
Dr. Louis Shih-Yen Shiao passed away November 15th, 2016 in Dallas, TX. Louis Shiao was born on February 5th, 1928; raised by a prominent farming family in the province of Hebei, China. He had three brothers and a sister. Louis’ parents encouraged Louis to follow Catholicism and become a priest, rather than pursue a life of farming. At a very young age, Louis had a passion for education and was fascinated with the ancient Philosophers, Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Winn Tian Shiang, and Yao Fei. Taught by Catholic priests throughout grade school, Louis excelled in Chinese literature and composition. He took the initiative and learned Latin, English, French and Spanish; later to become very instrumental in his educational career.
At 21 years of age, Louis entered Fu-Jen Catholic University in Peking, which was founded in 1925 and now listed as one of the world’s top 500 universities; internationally known for philosophy, sinology, linguistics. 3 years later in 1949, the Communist Red Army took over China, and the Fu-Jen University bishops quickly alarmed the students to escape China immediately. Communism rejected Roman Catholic doctrines. At that moment, Louis was in a dormitory study hall, and had no choice but to follow his colleagues and make the long trip to Hong Kong by ship. He was not given the option to say his final farewells to his surviving mother, brothers and sister, and had to make the difficult decision to leave; not realizing that he would never see his family again. In Hong Kong, Louis stayed at Rosary Hill, upheld by the Dominican Monastery.
In 1953, Louis read in the local paper that one his favorite authors and Philosophers, Ch’ien Mu, who is considered to be one of the greatest historians and philosophers of 20th-century China; and Tang Chun-i, considered to be one of the leading exponents of New Confucianism, were founding a new school in Hong Kong called New Asia College. Excited and enthusiastic, Louis visited the new school, met with Ch’ien Mu and Tang Chun-i, and was offered a scholarship to study at the new school. At that time, Louis turned down an offer from his Catholic priests he travelled with to pursue priesthood in Rome. This was a significant turning point in Louis educational career. While at New Asia College, Louis was taught and mentored in philosophy by Tang Chun-i. New Asia College was adopted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1963, where Tang Chun-i later became the chairman of the Philosophy Department. Tang Chun-i’s works were later published in 30 volumes.
After 2 years at New Asia College, Louis was offered a scholarship to complete his studies at University of the Phillipines where he obtained his BA in Philosophy.
Louis then returned to New Asia College and received his Masters in Philosophy.
Shortly after, Cardinal Paul Yu Bin, then the Archibishop of Nanking, offered Louis a scholarship to attend the University of Madrid for his PhD which he completed in 1959. The title of his doctorate studies was “The Relationship Between Faith and Reason.”
After receiving his PhD at the University of Madrid, Louis returned to New Asia College and was promoted as an Assistant Professor where he taught several classes in General Studies and Philosophy. This is when he met his current wife, Anne Lan-Ching Chiang. Louis and Anne married and had two children in Hong Kong, Tanny and John.
Louis then received a scholarship to attend the University of London for continued studies in Linguistics as well as a scholarship to attend the University of Louvain, Belgium.
While studying in London, Louis was offered a Professorship at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids Iowa. In 1966, Louis and his family left London. While teaching at Mount Mercy, Louis and Anne gave birth to their 3rd child, Grace.
2 years later, Louis received an offer to teach at St Mary’s University in San Antonio. While teaching St. Mary’s, Louis and Anne gave birth to their 4th child, Tommy. Louis continued teaching Philosophy at St Mary’s University, St Phillips College, San Antonio College, and Lackland Air Force Base. He also taught Chinese at University of Incarnate Word.
Times proved to be difficult in San Antonio. While Louis was between jobs, Anne started in retail to help provide for the family. The Shiao family spent over 20 years making a modest living in retail.
Louis was invited to teach Chinese at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. With the support of his wife, Louis is was very satisfied with this part time job.
Tommy moved Louis and Anne to Carrollton, TX, for their final retirement years in 2012. Louis passed away peacefully at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas Texas. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne Shiao, his two sons, John and Tommy Shiao and two daughters, Tanny and Grace Shiao. Louis and Anne have 10 grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
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