Yung K. Chin SAUGERTIES- Mr. Yung K. Chin passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in the comfort of his home. He was 92 years old. Mr. Chin was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Shanghai, China. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1943, from St. John’s University in Shanghai. He came to the U.S. in 1946, to continue his education. He earned a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan, in 1948, and a Master of Science in Soil Mechanics from Harvard University, in 1951. He had a distinguished career and was recognized in his field as one of the world’s leading engineers. He was the Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Department Head for Harza Engineering Company in Chicago from 1975 until his retirement in 1990. Prior to that time, he worked for six other prestigious engineering companies. Mr. Chin designed, planned, and supervised major projects in 19 countries which included foundations for bridges, buildings, piers, wharves, as well as earth-rockfill and concrete dams for hydroelectric power and water supply. Some of his local projects included the Throgs Neck Bridge, Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Chase Manhattan Bank Headquarters in N.Y.C. He was a member of the US and International Committees on Large Dams and a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his leisure, Mr. Chin traveled to 34 countries and spoke 5 languages. He enjoyed cooking, world history, classical music, and ancient Chinese poetry. He also followed the financial markets daily. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his granddaughters. He will be remembered as a man of high moral character; noted for his intelligence, generosity, and kind heart. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Giannone; two daughters, Lauren Kleine and Rachel Chin; two granddaughters, Janvier Kleine and Avian Kleine; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are private. Interment will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Buono Funeral Service, Inc. Condolences for the family can be offered at www.BuonoFuneralSer vice.com.
Published in the Daily Freeman on Jan. 31, 2014