Dzu-Fang Ho, Ph.D., Stanley
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Stanley Dzu-Fang Ho, of Scarborough, New York, passed away on December 5, 2013, at the age of 100. Born in Shanghai, June 26, 1913, he is survived by his wife, Margaret, and eight children: Grace; John and wife, Mary Scelba; Stephen; Peter; Anne Marie and husband John Lucak; Marguerite and husband, Fabián Guevara; Elizabeth, and Nancy. Pre-deceased children are Thomas and Jeannette. Grandchildren are Daniel, Julian, Mercedes, Julia, Joaquín, and Natali.
Stanley graduated from Shanghai University in political science in 1936 and obtained his doctorate from Princeton University in 1946. For 26 years, he served the United Nations as a Political Affairs Officer, first joining the Secretariat at Lake Success as a Conference Officer, then rising to First Officer in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs in New York City in 1968. In 1972, the year he retired, Stanley was appointed U.N. Special Coordinator of the first Chinese Table Tennis exhibition at the U.N., following President Nixon's visit to China. He considered his contribution to facilitating U.S.-Chinese relations his greatest career achievement.
While on a peacekeeping mission in Greece in 1948, Stanley traveled to Rome, where he married Margaret Wu, whose father, John C.H. Wu, was the Chinese ambassador to the Holy See. They wed in Vatican City on April 21, 1949, and in 1951 moved to the U.S. with their first child.
His passion for food led Stanley to open the Shanghai Inn with two brothers-in-law, Stephen and Theodore Wu, in Tarrytown, New York, which was a popular dining establishment for more than 25 years. Stanley frequented worldly circles yet was never too humble to work supplemental jobs. His family will forever appreciate his contributions, optimism, and devotion.
Memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, 4 - 8 pm: Coffey Funeral Home, 91 N Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Half the Sky (halfthesky.org). A funeral mass at Transfiguration Church, 268 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY, at 9:00 AM with reception following will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Coffey Funeral Home, Inc
91 North Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 8, 2013