Caroline Chin Yee
Aug. 12, 1944 - Feb. 21, 2013
Beloved Oakland educator Caroline Chin Yee passed away after an unexpected illness on February 21, 2013. She was born on August 12, 1944. The youngest of five siblings (Jennie, Janice, Jerome, and David), she attended Lincoln, Westlake, and Oakland Technical High School. She graduated from UCB and obtained her teaching credential at Fresno State. Gary and Caroline married in December, 1968.
Caroline taught in several Oakland elementary schools. She later became a principal at Hillcrest, Emerson, and Lincoln Schools, retiring in 2008. She received numerous awards for educational leadership, but she was proudest of those which honored the collective effort of the entire school.
Caroline was active in numerous community education activities, including Faith Network of the East Bay, Junior Center of Art and Science, Cantare con Vivo, Wa Sung Club, and the East Bay Children's Theater. Caroline was a member at First Presbyterian (Berkeley), Fruitvale , and College Avenue Presbyterian Churches.
Caroline is survived by husband Gary, daughter Lisa Ko, two adult children and their families- Chris (Laurel Joe, Sierra and Kayla) and Susan (Scott Hoshida, Twyla and Jiyo), her two sisters, her brother Jerome, and countless in laws, nieces and nephews. She was a caring educator of young and old, an enthusiastic performer with limitless energy, a brave community advocate, and a loving sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, in-law, and travel buddy.
A memorial service will be held on March 16 at 10am at First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, 2407 Dana St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the organizations listed above