Dr. Francis Ping Hung Chan
Dr. Francis Ping Hung Chan At peace and without pain, Francis Chan passed quietly away at his home in London with members of his family at his side on June 14, 2013 in his 63rd year. He is survived by his beloved black Labrador retriever, Jet. Francis was predeceased by the love of his life and partner of 31 years, Timothy Hennessey Liddiard (2009). Together they had traveled to many corners of the world from the peak of Kilimanjaro to the depths of the Grand Canyon to the Serengeti plains and the rolling mountains of Ireland. Following Tim's death, Francis embarked on a pilgrimage, hiking the El Camino de Santiago trail to reflect. His wanderlust continued and he ventured to more places that he and Tim had aspired to reach: Antarctica, Mongolia, the Arctic, and Burma where by pure chance he met Aung San Suu Kyi. Francis' sense of adventure started early when at the age of 17 he traveled on his own from Hong Kong to Canada to pursue his post-secondary education. He landed first at a small town private college on the Niagara peninsula. Within days it was recognized that this was not the place for him and he learned that he had been accepted to Laurentian University so he boarded a bus to Sudbury to start his undergraduate studies. He later transferred to the University of Western Ontario completing his undergraduate B.Sc. in Anatomy in 1972 followed by a Ph.D. in 1976. He went on to post-doctoral studies in Montreal at McGill University before returning to UWO in 1978 to begin his long career with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. As an educator, Francis was widely respected by colleagues and students alike. Among his many awards and recognitions, he was most gratified to receive the Edward G. Pleva award in 1996, UWO's prestigious award for excellence in teaching, and was recognized in 2000 with the coveted 3M Teaching Fellowship, perhaps the highest teaching award in Canada. He was deeply honoured when the 2012 Schulich graduating class established The Francis Chan Distinction Award to annually recognize a graduating student. He cared deeply for his students' well-being, excelling in roles as a UWO Program Officer (1996-98) to support the welfare of international and exchange students, then at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry as Assistant Dean, Gender and Equity Issues (2001-2004), Associate Dean, Admission and Student Affairs (2004-2009), and finally Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (2009-2011). Francis will be deeply missed by his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and countless friends, students and colleagues from all corners of the globe. He was grateful for the care and compassion of Dr. Brian Dingle, Dr. Maria Parent, VON Nurses PJ and Pauline and other caregivers. The care and support provided by Dr. Jim Silcox and Dr. Kathy Ferguson helped Francis in navigating his health care needs. A memorial celebration of Francis' life will be held at the Great Hall, Somerville House on UWO campus at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Friends, colleagues, students, and neighbours are invited, together with their children to share their memories and stories of Francis. Memorial donations can be made to the Timothy Liddiard and Francis Chan Student Services Bursary. To make a donation, visit http://www.giving.westernu.ca or send your donation to Annual Giving, Suite 110, Westminster Hall, Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7.
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