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TCHANG, PAUL K. Paul K. Tchang, age 90, died at his residence in San Diego on Sunday, January 27, 2013, after a long illness. Born December 3, 1922, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, to Pang Han and Tsing Hwa, he attended high school in Paris, France and received his B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1947. In 1955, Paul became a U.S. citizen and began his version of the American Dream by starting his own construction company in Stamford, Connecticut. He subsequently moved west to California to avoid the harsh winters. Under his leadership, his company, Techbilt, has built nearly 15,000 homes, from entry-level to luxury homes. Paul had a passion for his business, working six days a week well into his 70s. Paul served on the board of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County for 25 years and was awarded the Lee Hubbard Award for his service. He was a 2001 Honoree of the Hall of Fame at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. He also served on the boards of the California Building Industry Association, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Francis Parker School, the Museum of Man and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. He was active in the downtown Rotary Club for many years. Paul, through the Tchang Family Foundation, helped fund a program through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management to train MBA faculty at Yunnan University in Kunming, Paul's hometown. Paul's father helped found the University. The project brings Chinese faculty to MIT Sloan to work with MIT Sloan faculty and take classes with MIT Sloan MBA students. This program has helped propel the University's business school to be one of the top business schools in China. Paul loved staying fit. He participated in the adult fitness program at San Diego State, regularly swimming a mile several times a week. He loved jogging Mission Bay Park, playing tennis, biking, fishing, skiing, listening to classical music, and spending time with his grandchildren. Paul was always very generous with his time and resources in helping family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Rose Sun Tchang; his children Lorna (Steve) Alcala, Jenny (John) Frost, Ted (Alice) Tchang; grandchildren Matthew Alcala, Luke and Alex Tchang, Katie and Gracie Frost; brothers Daniel (Gladys) Chang and Felix (Marjorie) Tchang and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Tchang was preceded in death by his brother Peter Chang, his sister Jacqueline Chan, and his sister-in-law Dagmar Chang. Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, Attention: Alexander Chuang, Director. Thanks to the staff at the Care Center at the Vi La Jolla and the staff and volunteers at Seasons Hospice for their help and support.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 3, 2013
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