SAD NEWS from Woodstock, Maryland. We have lost a mentor, scholar and friend with the passing of Professor Tao-chung Ted Yao, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Ted had retired in 2012 due to his medical condition, but continued to present lecturers at various universities and organizations. His textbook, Integrated Chinese, first published in 1997 is still being used by many universities including UHM. He joined the Department in 1995 as a full professor and trained many of our graduate assistants and mentored Ph.D. students who are currently in professorial positions at various universities on the US mainland. He was awarded the status of Emeritus Professor in 2014. Our heartfelt condolences to Yao shimu, Kuang-tien, and son James, daughter-in-law Vicky, and grandchildren Alexa and Dylan.
Professor Yao’s life and achievements are memorialized at this site:

Proposed by his close friends and with the permission of his wife, the national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) Board of Directors has decided to set up a memorial fund named after him: The Tao-chung “Ted” Memorial Fund. The fund will be used to support graduate students in the U.S., following his wish on his deathbed. Donations to the Tao-chung “Ted” Yao Memorial Fund can be made at


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