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Frank K. Li

Frank Kuanghua Li passed peacefully on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at the age of 94 in his own home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. Frank was born in China on May 21st, 1920 near Shanghai. In 1939, Frank escaped Shanghai amidst the turmoil of the Second Sino-Japanese War with several classmates and started his first steps in his long journey to America by traveling 3000 miles through Vietnam and Burma to Kunming city in the interior of China to begin his undergraduate studies at Chiao Tung University. There during World War II he was inspired by seeing the American Volunteer Group's Flying Tigers to study aeronautical engineering. After the World War II, Frank won a government grant to study engineering in the United States and emigrated in 1948, fulfilling his lifelong dream. He received his MSE at University of Michigan and then his PhD in Purdue University in aeronautical engineering and was a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. Frank worked at GM and a series of leading aerospace companies over a 40 year career in such areas as automobile design, satellite systems, and airborne radar systems. He married his beloved wife, Dora Hu, in 1963 in Los Angeles, and is survived by his two sons James Edward, 49, of Moorestown, NJ and his wife Leigh, and Robert Andrew, 47, of San Francisco, Ca. Having lived a life of quiet adventure and hardship in his youth, Frank was determined to provide all the advantages of a life in the United States to his wife and family and continued to sacrifice to put both his sons through medical school. He was a devoted husband and father. Later in life after the passing of his adored wife Dora in 2002, Frank enjoyed spending time with his grandkids Chris, 18, Catherine, 17, and Francesca, 16, and was very active in the Palos Verdes Seniors Club where he was able to share many of his memories though his writings. Frank has requested to be at his wife's side at Green Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of donations, the family has requested that consideration be given to gifts to Peninsula Seniors (501c3 organization) at 30928 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90274. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 21, 2015
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