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LIU--Chun-Jo, Chun-Jo Liu, 90, Professor Emerita, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota, died on September 24 in Minneapolis. She was born in Beijing and was the daughter of Liu Liang-Xun (Ti-Yi), of Jiangxi, and Huang Qing-Xian, of Hunan. She attended St. Mary's Hall, Shanghai, St. Paul School, Hong Kong, and Nankai Secondary School, Chongqing, and received her B.A. from National Southwest Associated University (Tsinghua University), her M.A. from Occidental College, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 1963, she taught at the University of Wisconsin, Brooklyn College, Vassar College, the University of Florida, Lasell College, Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of British Columbia. She was a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, and taught Chinese in summer language programs at Middlebury College and Indiana University. She authored and edited several books and contributed to a variety of academic and other publications. She was instrumental in the creation and continuing success of the China Center, enabling U.S.-China scholarly exchanges, and the East Asian Languages and Literature Library, both at the University of Minnesota. A passionate teacher, mentor and scholar, even after retirement at age 70, she stayed in contact with many former students and colleagues and active through colloquia and otherwise. She served on various advisory boards, was an active member of her church, and pursued her great love of music by playing piano and cello, in a musical trio, and singing in the St. Mark's Cathedral Choir, until her death. She is survived by her sisters Faye Chun-Hwei Liu Chang and Chun-Chuan Liu Wang (James), her brothers Chun-Mai Liu (Youkang) and Ted Chun-Peng Liu (Rebecca), eight nieces and nephews and seven grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Liu Chun-Sue, Professor Emerita, Mathematics, Beijing University. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12 at 1pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, MN 55403. Donations may be made in her memory to The St. Mark's Music Series, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, MN 55403 or The University of Minnesota China Center, 160 University International Center, 331 17th Ave., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (

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Published in New York Times on Oct. 7, 2012.
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October 18, 2012
A life as rich and fulfilled as Professor Liu's should be the model for all of us. I was fortunate to be under her guidance through my graduate studies and after. She led by example and taught me how to be strong, passionate, genuine and caring. Her legacy and memory will live on. Professor Liu, I will always remember you...
Maiheng Dietrich
October 15, 2012
Rest in peace, dear CJ. Heaven is richer for your presence.
Harriet McCleary
October 15, 2012
I will always remember her smiling face at St. Marks.
John Legeros, Winston Salem, NC
John Legeros
October 11, 2012
Professor Liu is my favorite professor and also is my university' good friend. Professor donated her all collections to my university and my colleagues and students benefit a lot from the books. Yongping Zhu
Yongping Zhu
October 11, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.
October 10, 2012
CJ was a model of brilliance and scholarship. Her enthusiasm for the work of students and colleagues was a shining light. Rest in peace.
Vivian Ramalingam
October 9, 2012
Dear CJ: You are one of the nicest persons I know. Shall miss you.
Chung W. Shih
October 8, 2012
You are loved and missed. Rest in peace, dear lady!
Robert Sunderlin
October 8, 2012
She was a rare light of beauty and grace.
Sharon Yang
October 8, 2012
I am very glad I was able to meet you CJ... a fantastic person. R.I.P.
Brian Manlove
October 8, 2012
Thank you CJ for your spirit, example and vitality. You remind us all of the need to continue to do what we can to live our lives fully to the very end. May angels lead you to paradise.
Carol Adele-Jewett
October 8, 2012
A wise elder and a dear friend, she will be missed profoundly.
Bell Yung
October 8, 2012
CJ, a beautiful person.
Jennifer O'Neill
October 7, 2012
Rest in peace, dear and treasured friend. There is music in heaven . . .

Jane Eschweiler
Jane Eschweiler
October 7, 2012
Known as C.J. here at loren on Park, she was an amazing woman, who taught me how to enjoy each day. I will miss her for her strength,humor, and joy that she brought to my heart. She will be missed. My condolences to her family and her many friends. Jodey Olson
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