My Grandmother – The Bridge Player

My grandmother died on September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. She was 107 years old. She was the most amazing person that I know, and perhaps will ever know. Now that she is gone, I have lots of thoughts about how my grandmother shaped my life and I also have lots of stuff on my computer about my grandmother.

This is the first installment. My grandmother was an avid bridge player. Furthermore, everyone in my family is an avid bridge player. In my family, there are three sons, and my parents. The highest level that a bridge player can achieve in competition is called Life Master. Both my parents and both of my brothers have achieved Life Master. I guess I am the black sheep of the family as far as bridge goes, although I know the basic rules so I can participate. Continue reading “My Grandmother – The Bridge Player”

100th Birthday Speech

My grandmother is an incredible woman! She turned 100 years old on June 6, 2003 and we had a very nice celebration for her on Sunday June 8 in Los Angeles. She was involved in every detail of the party including the restaurant, the menu, the attendees, and the seating chart.

I hope that I am so active if I ever make it to 100. Most importantly, she wrote her speech for the party. Here is the speech in its entirety. Continue reading “100th Birthday Speech”

Theodore Chen Memorial

I’ve been working on a rather special place on my web site for a special person. I am using a feature called WordPress pages, which unlike a blog is not updated. If you look at the upper navigation bar, you will see a special place to memorialize the life of my grandfather.

The collection was made by scanning numerous photos that I found in a shoe box after my grandfather passed away. In addition, I also found a floppy disk which had some interesting facts about his life.
A truly remarkable man.

The Chen Fellowship

My grandparents created the Chen Fellowship in order to help Chinese students study as USC into perpetuity. After my grandfather passed away in 1991, my grandmother has personally been managing the Chen Fellowship herself. Recently when looking through my things, I found this letter sent by my grandmother while I was working in South Dakota at Gateway. At the time she wrote this letter, she was 93 years old. It is amazing how lucid and clear she was at the age. Continue reading “The Chen Fellowship”