Dr. Stephen P. Shao|
Virginia Beach - Dr. Stephen Pinyee Shao, 89, former eminent professor of statistics, management information systems and finance at Old Dominion University for nearly 40 years, passed peacefully away on September 5, 2013, among loving family members. He was well-known worldwide for publishing more than 50 successful college textbooks and manuals written on various business topics and his autobiography entitled, "Memories in Two Nations." He just completed a second autobiography entitled, "My Extraordinary Life" that will be published in the near future. He was known throughout Virginia in the mid-1980s for running for the United States Congress. He was proud to be the first Chinese American whose name was placed on the official ballot as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was the admiration of his family and friends throughout the world. He was born in Zarkow, China in Jiangsu Province on January 24, 1924 as one of eight children. His proud father served as mayor of his hometown while his sweet mother worked tirelessly to raise their children. At the age of 24, he moved to Waco, Texas to obtain his master's degree in business administration from Baylor University in 1949 and his doctorate degree in statistics, management, transportation and economics from the University of Texas at Austin 7 years later. In between degrees he worked as chief accountant for the Texas State Government. His academic career spanned more than 40 years at Bluefield College in West Virginia, College of William and Mary in Norfolk, and Old Dominion University.
While his professional accomplishments were well-documented, there was nothing more he was proud of than his personal impact on so many lives. In 1953, Dr. Shao married Betty Lucille Outen Shao, a native of Bethune, S.C. They had four children, all of whom attained their doctorate degrees in various fields of business. They are Stephen Pinyee Shao (University of Maryland at College Park), Dale Hilton Shao (Georgia State University), Lawrence Peter Shao (University of Tennessee) and Alan Terence Shao (University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa). In 1966, his beloved Betty passed away at the tender age of 33. Her departure left a permanent empty hole in his heart. He was proud though that during their lives together, they earned three graduate degrees, wrote eight books and manuals, and began to raise four young sons.
He remarried in 1970 to Priscilla Griffin, and enjoyed 43 years of love together in Virginia Beach. They had four children, all of whom obtained college degrees in business administration and engineering. Their loving children are Patricia Sue Dine (J.D. from the University of Richmond), Christina Lynn Rule (ODU), Aron Eastwood Shao (ODU) and David Zachary Shao (ODU MBA and pursuing a doctoral degree in Information Technology). He and Priscilla are widely known throughout the Tidewater area for their frequent visits to local restaurants and Costco. Dr. Shao always felt that his greatest accomplishment was his family. His brother, Pin-tsung Shao; His daughters-in-law (Carol Ann Shao, Beth Shao, Alicia Dawn Shao, Shona Margaret Shao and Sabrina Beach Shao), sons-in-law (Thomas William Brady Rule and Richard Dell Dine) and nine grandchildren (Stephen Pinyee Shao III, Matthew Edward Shao, Sarah Kathleen Shao, Janine Adell Lucille Shao, Victoria Kathleen Shao, Alan Terence Shao II, David Lawrence Shao, Cai Zen August Rule and Luke Stephen Shao) all will sorely miss him. He lived and breathed love throughout all of his family members' lives.
His unending love for his ancestors, children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law and both wives were at the root of his happiness. His family members will always live their lives with partially empty hearts as the centerpiece of their lives have left them to rejoin family members in Heaven. He left the world a much better place, from his eight children, more than 50 books and manuscripts, 11 graduate degrees achieved from his children, and most of all his relentless ability to impact others' lives through his advice, example, and love that can never be replaced.
Two services will be held to honor this loving father and friend. On Sunday, September 8, a viewing for family and friends will be held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home-Bayside Chapel on Independence Boulevard from 1 to 3 p.m. On Monday, a viewing and service will be held at 11 a.m. at Bayside Baptist Church on Pleasure House Road, followed by a burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk to lay him down to rest.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 8, 2013