King L. Howe
AGE: 85 • Wilmington
King L. Howe, age 85, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully at home with his family on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Born in Shanghai, China, on September 4, 1928, he was the son of A.F. Howe and T.S. Fang, and the fourth of five children. He left China at the time of the Communist revolution, working at the Royal Observatory in Hong Kong until a scholarship from Dartmouth College allowed him to emigrate. After graduating with a B.S. from Dartmouth, he earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. His 38-year career as a DuPont polymer chemist resulted in several patents. The breadth of Dr. Howe's intellectual interests was remarkable, his thinking always marked by rigorous logic and searching curiosity. During his retirement years, much of his energy was devoted to studying the financial markets. An avid amateur photographer, he loved camping and hiking with his family. He was a founding member of the Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin, and served many years on its board of directors. His calm, diplomatic leadership played an important role in the growth of the organization.
He is survived, and remembered with great love by his wife of 54-years, Chin; his children, Carol and Ken; his son-in-law, Eugene and daughter-in-law, Soyoup; his grandchildren, Ty, Sophie, Maya, Louisa, Emmet, and Ellis.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 18th at 4:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Road. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Kennedy Disease Association, P.O. Box 1105, Coarsegold, CA 93614-1105 (559) 658-5950.
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