Molly Hua ISHAM

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Molly Hua Isham passed away on December 15, 2012 at 81 years old. She was born on November 1, 1931 in Tianjin (Tientsin), China. She graduated from Shanghai American School/Peking American School, China, in 1949 (maiden name: Molly Huang Hua Lu) and was admitted by Mills College, Oakland, California. But she could not go due to the Civil War in China. She instead attended St. John's University (which later became part of Fudan University) in Shanghai, where she received the Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Translation. She worked in a series of language-related positions in China, including English teacher in Anhui, English radio announcer at Radio Beijing, transcriber and translator of English documentaries, and high school teacher in Beijing. In 1982 she came to the U.S. and enrolled at Mills College 33 years after her initial admission and at the age of 50. She received the Master of Arts in English Literature and in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in 1984. She worked as a translator and interpreter for the United States Federal Courts in San Francisco and San Jose, the Municipal and Superior Courts of many counties in Bay Area, and was one of the official interpreters for the Immigration Court for many years. She also taught ESL and English Writing and Translation, and lectured on Chinese culture, the lives of artists in China as well as her personal experiences in China at National Association of Foreign Students Affairs, at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University, and at the Monterey County Office of Education, among others, until she retired permanently in 2005. She later moved to Champaign, IL to be close to her son's family. She is survived by her two sons, Ted Y. Xia and K. Jimmy Hsia, from her first husband Qingyun Deng, her four grandchildren, and also her late husband of 25 years Howard Isham's two sons, Mark and John Isham, and his four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on January 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the I-Hotel, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2012
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