John Chen
John C. Chen
John C. Chen, 79, of Bethlehem, PA passed away on December 30, 2013 after a short illness. He was the son of the late Liang Fu and Rena Chen. John was born in China and came with his family to America at the end of World War II. He received his BS from The Cooper Union, MS from Carnegie Institute of Technology and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Univ. of Michigan. He worked in diverse positions in industry, national laboratories, and academia. His research involved applications to chemical processes, nuclear reactor safety, environmental technologies, and energy systems. He taught at Lehigh University for 34 years and supervised over 50 masters and 35 PhD candidates. John held positions as Carl R. Anderson Endowed Professor, Chairman of Chemical Engineering Dept., Director of Institute of Thermal-Fluids Engineering and Science, and Dean of the College of Engineering. John published over 200 journal articles and received numerous awards including the distinguished Max Planck Research Prize from Germany and the Max Jakob Award in Thermal Science from the United States. John was elected the 2005 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, biking, and photography. Survivors: John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Katherine; three children, Christopher, Lisa, and Peter; five granddaughters; and three grandsons. Services: Memorial service will be held on February 8, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John C. Chen Chemical Engineering Prize Fund. Contact Tracey Lopez at 610-758-4371.

Published by Morning Call on Jan. 26, 2014.
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Dear Kathy, Chris, and family,
I was saddened to hear of John's passing; he will be missed by many. I had the privilege to work with John at AIChE, on the Board, Government Relations Committee, and the Lehigh Valley Local Section.
My condolences; you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Phil Winkler
Philip Winkler
February 25, 2014
Thank you for letting John support me in my Silicon Valley ventures.
Rick Wilson
February 8, 2014
Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers.
Shirley Zingone
February 2, 2014
It was a privilege to claim as a friend.My condolences.
Matthew (scotty) Chalmers
January 27, 2014
Kathy My condolences to you and your family. I hope you are doing well. Tom Weidner
January 27, 2014
John was a great scientist and a wonderful person. He will be dearly missed. But he left his mark at Lehigh University and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. Arthur and Sheila Humphrey
Arthur and Sheila Humphrey
January 26, 2014
Kathy and family,
With heartfelt condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Trevor & Ruth Ann
Trevor Shellhammer
January 26, 2014
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