Dr. Chung-Liang Tang (唐崇亮), 80, of Newton MA, passed away comfortably on April 18, 2020, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, and the COVID-19 virus.
He was born on October 7, 1939, in Sichuan, China, the son of the late Chuan-Chi Tang (唐傳基) and I-Chuan Ho (何逸娟). He spent his first 8 years in China, and his childhood in Taiwan, where he graduated from National Taiwan University with an undergraduate degree in 1961 and graduate degree in 1965. In 1965, aided by a letter from Senator Ted Kennedy, he came to the United States to further his studies. In 1971 he completed his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.
In 1971, he married Lorna Huang (黄瑩卿) in Davis, California. They lived in Syracuse, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; and Chicago, Illinois, where they stayed for 39 years. He worked at the University of Chicago Hospital, Medical Laboratories, until his retirement in 2005. They moved to the Boston area in 2015.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, commitment to fairness, and encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese literature. He could always be found singing, including his favorite Chinese operas. He enjoyed watching sports and debating philosophy. He strove for a life of honesty and simplicity.
He is predeceased by his parents and sister Alice (唐崇昭). He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lorna; brothers Chung-Shih (唐崇實) and Tsung-Fei (唐崇飛); children Florence and Michael; two grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held privately in the future at Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hebrew SeniorLife or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.