March 6, 1924 - September 20, 2013
Professor Wen Lung Chow, born March 6, 1924, passed away peacefully on the 20th of September, 2013. As a devoted husband, loving father, revered uncle and beloved grandfather, he courageously stepped out into a new world, he forged an innovative career, and he established and grew a family within the local community.
He blazed a trail. Despite economic and political uncertainty, Wen Lung courageously left China to pursue education in the USA, inspiring and enabling relatives to follow his path.
He forged a career. In his 50 year academic career at University of Illinois and Florida Atlantic University, he developed novel analytical and numerical methods to address complex fluid and gas dynamics problems, delivered practical and valuable solutions to the aerospace industry (including the US Space Shuttle program), and passed along lessons learned to interested colleagues and students of all ages.
He influenced a community. With his beloved Rhoda, wife of nearly 61 years (who preceded him in death by 3 months), they built a loving home to provide for physical and emotional needs of their diverse children, molding and empowering them with foundational truths for how to live, while building and encouraging the local community in Champaign-Urbana.
He leaves a legacy. In the hearts and minds of his remaining 2 sisters, 6 children, 12 grandchildren, and numerous others whom he quietly led, he will be sorely missed.
Ceremony details: A public visitation with family will be held Friday, September 27, 5-7 pm at Aria 19310 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX ph: 214.306.6700. A private service for family will be held November 9. A public celebratory gathering honoring both Wen and Rhoda will be held November 29, 2013, in Champaign, IL.
In lieu of flowers, if you are so inclined, please make any donations to the “Wen Chow Fellowship Fund” of the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering @ http://mechanical.illinois.edu/donate/making-online-donation or via address and/or phone.
Wen Chow Fellowship Fund c/o The University of Illinois Foundation • Harker Hall • 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL, 61801, ph: 217.333.0675.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.
Wen Lung Chow’s wife, Rhoda Chow, passed on June 17, 2013. Her obituary can be viewed here: http://www.ariacremation.com/obituary/1808/