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Houcheng Wu

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Houcheng Wu, a resident of Boulder, Colorado passed away peacefully June 10 at the Boulder Community Hospital after fighting lung cancer for several years. Mr. Wu was born on February 26, 1927 in Beijing, China to Wu, Shichang and Meng, Tietang. He had been a soccer player since elementary school, and later played for his university soccer team. He graduated from the Catholic University in Beijing in 1948 and taught physical education classes in the Shidai High School in Shanghai. He also coached the school's volleyball team and his team won the Shanghai high school championship nine times and the Shanghai city championship twice. He trained many famous volleyball players, including four Chinese National Men's Volleyball team players and twenty one professional volleyball players in China. His achievement as a coach was highly recognized nationwide and the Shidai High School was named as the "cradle of volleyball' by the General Administration of Sport in China. He was co-author of several books of volleyball training and physical education. He became the principal of the Shidai High School in 1980. He was recognized by his students as "the teacher of the year" multiple times and he received many letters, phone calls and e-mails from his students all over the world. One of them, Jiazhen Li, traveled to Boulder to visit him in April 2014. He married Wang, Yongcun on February 2, 1950 in Shanghai, China, and together they raised two children. He was a great husband and excellent father, and he immigrated to the U.S. with his wife in order to be with his children after his retirement. Survivors include his wife Yongcun Wang; his daughter Jiang Joy and her husband Martin Walter in Boulder; his son Elton Wu and wife Ting Jiang as well as grandson Julian Wu in Weld county; and his two younger brothers and one younger sister and their families in China. He was preceded in death by three older sisters and one older brother. Visitation and gathering followed by a reception will be 11:00 a.m. on June 14, 2014 at the Crist Mortuary at 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder, Colorado. Donations can be made to: Lung Cancer Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital Foundation, Mail Stop F485, 12401 East 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

Published in The Daily Camera on June 13, 2014
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