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“中國園之友會舉辦籌款音樂會” 2006 年11月5日晚 7 PM-Please Support this Historical Event for building the Friendship Garden between Two Counties

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/CULTURALPERFORMANCE/20061005_182858.php

 

 

 

  (介紹于後) Chinese English Introduction

華府中園之友會為中國園舉辦籌款音樂會;演出時间定於2006 1157 PM.,地點在馬州蒙郡史翠斯摩音樂(Strathmore Music Hall). 希望集合大眾力量推動建園工程早日破土动工。

籌款音樂会名为“中国园之夜”,是一场是以中华民族传统乐器演奏为主,并含民歌演唱的民族音乐会,也是以中国苏州园林艺术为意境,突出江南丝竹风格特点的专题音乐会。 演出時间定於115,地點在馬州蒙郡史翠斯摩音樂(Strathmore Music Hall)演出形式包括笛、管、笙、二胡、琵琶、古箏、揚琴等七種樂噐獨奏重奏、二胡齐奏、乐队合奏、民歌联唱、合唱与乐队等有传统民间音乐、民謠,有古曲,及较现代的经典民族樂曲。此次演出由当地最具规模的“华盛顿中国民族乐团”领衔主演,并特邀美东地区著名演奏家、歌唱家加盟,將会是一場容豐富、水準高超的中國民族音樂盛會。

 

中國園之友會同仁呼籲各界人士鼎力襄助,除購票入場聆賞,並歡迎踴躍贊助,

樂捐或加入義工行列。票價分$50,$35,$20三種、贊助或捐款可抵稅。

 

联絡人;

中國園之友會顧問     陳旭昭   電話:703-978-7905; 電郵: nwbi1@yahoo.com

                     (贊助或捐款事項, 票務15% 優惠)

 

中國園之友會執行長   陳壯飛 電話:301-299-9313, 電郵:1cc001@aol.com

(贊助或捐款事項)

中國園之友會秘書長   明道廣 電話:301-229-1771, 電郵:taoming@verizon.net

(票務及其他)

 

China Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC.

 

              Fundraising Concert          

In a foreseeable future a spectacular classical Chinese Garden will appear at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC. It will be one of the largest Chinese Garden outside of China - a 12-acre garden on a prime location in USNA and will consist of as many as 15 traditional Chinese architectures, including an ornate two-story teahouse and exhibition hall overlooking a 1.3-acre lake, various rock formations, paths, plants winding through buildings and ornaments selected from the best of northern and southern Chinese classic gardens.

The garden will be a gift from the Chinese Government and people to the American Government and people. All the construction costs, building material and design costs will be provided by the Chinese Government. The US Government will provide building site preparation and future operation and maintenance costs. The China Garden is expected to be the best Chinese garden outside China. It will not only be a major tourist attraction, but will also support a research program on cultural, educational and scientific exchange between U.S. and China.

Due to current budget constrain, USNA is short of fund to break the Garden ground. The Friends of China Garden (FCG) is organizing a Fund Raising Concert for the China Garden at the Strathmore Music Center on November 5, 2006. The FCG is now calling for your generous donations and/or as Corporate Sponsors to support the China Garden Project. The FCG is a nonprofit organization. Donations to FCG are Federal tax deductible.

 

Sponsor category: The Donations to FCG are Federal tax deductible.

Gold sponsor $3,000 – entitled to one full-page ad in Program Book & 2 tickets

        Silver sponsor $2,000 – entitled to one half-page ad in Program Book & 2 tickets

        Honorary sponsor $1,000 - entitled to one quarter-page ad in Program Book & 2 tickets

     ( Please make check payable to: Friends of China Garden, Inc; Address:

PO Box 59232
, Potomac MD 20859)

Contact: Terry Wang, Advisor of FCG, Tel: 703-978-7905; Email: nwbi1@yahoo.com

         Dr. Jeff Chan, CEO of FCG, Tel: 301-299-9313; Email: lcc001@aol.com

         Dr. Tao Ming, Secretary of FCG, Tel: 301-229-1771; Email: taoming@verizon.net

         

MEDIA  ADVISORY--- Friends of China Garden (FCG) to Hold a spectacular Chinese Music Concert for support the USNA China Garden ground breaking Fund Raising

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Rockville---The Friends of China Garden (FCG), a non-profit organization calls for

generous supports from the public to its first fundraising event.  It will be a

spectacular Chinese Music Concert for support the USNA China Garden ground breaking.

The Concert will be play the Western and Chinese famous music with Chinese traditional Musical

 Instruments that include the Er-Hu (Violin), GuZheng (Chinese Zither), PiPa (Fretted lute), YueQi (Moon Guitar), YangQing (Chinese dulcimer), SanXuan(Three String Guitar), Drums, Gongs, Chimes, and Vocal Sining. The musicians are renowned in the field. They have been performed in various concerts halls including Kennedy Center last year.

 

Concert Date: November 5, 2006 at 7 PM.

Location: Strathmore Music Center, Rockville, Md.

Tickets prices: $50, $35 and $20.

(15% Discount when Call Terry Wang at 703-978-7905)

(The Donations to FCG are Federal tax deductible.)

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美國首府中國園介紹

一座名為「中國園」的古典江南庭園將會在美國首府的國家樹木園內出現。這座庭園是中國政府與人民贈送給美國政府與人民的禮物。中國提供設計、建材、建築費用及技術人員,美國提供建地及往後的維持費。

將建於華府國家樹木園(US National Arboretum) 內的中國園佔地12英畝,有一个1.3英畝的人工湖,15、亭、臺、樓、閣、榭、等建築,包活一幢两層樓高的臨湖館,園中假山、小橋、珍木勝景甚多,集中國各處名園之精華,建成後將会是中國境外最大最美的江南庭園。中國園佔地12英畝,有面積1.3英畝的湖,15座堅木建築,包括一幢兩層樓高的臨湖茶館。其他勝景有太湖秀石、通幽曲徑、嫣潤扶疏的東方花木,園中設計滙集中國名園精華,將會是中國境外最大、最美的中國庭園。

建園計劃是於2002年由已故知名植物家戴威亷博士發起,经前美國農業部副部長任筑山、前中國位駐美國大使楊潔箎,及中國林科院院長江澤慧和楊州市的支持下中美双方達成協義,於2004年簽署備忘錄。2006年初江澤慧率團來美,在樹木園內與各有關單位負責人,包括中國等駐美大使周文重美國農業部長麦可乔翰斯 (Mike Johanns)、樹木園園長艾理雅斯(Thomas Elias)等、舉行中國園奠基儀式。

 

至此萬事俱備,只等美方撥款动工。唯美國政府近年預算短缺,撥款較難,中國園之友會因而發起募款活動,舉辦音樂会是其第一步。

中國園之友會的前身是中國園後援会,是在建園、計劃初期由戴威亷博士與社區人士組成,在中、美雙方簽署備忘後正式定名為中國園之友會,並向政府立案為非營利機構,協助推中國園建園工程及以後的文化、教育等方活動。

 

 中國園建成後,不僅將成為華府的旅遊重點,同時將擔負中美文化、教育和科學交流任務。

最近由於美國政府預算短缺,國家樹木園缺乏中國園的啟動經費,為此中國園之友會訂於2006115日,假馬州蒙郡史翠斯摩爾音樂廳 (Strathmore Music Hall) 舉行籌款音樂會,協助中國園早日動工。

 懇請工商各界人士慷慨贊助或捐款,支持中國園建造工程。中國園之友會屬非營利機構,捐款可抵稅。

贊助種類:

 金贊助 - 3,000美元,獲贈免費全頁廣告及入場券2

 銀贊助 – 2,000美元,獲贈免費半頁廣告及入場券2張

榮譽贊助 – 1,000美元,獲贈免費1/4頁廣告及入場券2張

 (廣告將刊登在音樂會特刊內)

支票抬頭請寫:Friends of China Garden, Inc., P.O.Box 59232 Potomac, MD 20859

聯絡人:

中國園之友會執行長:陳壯飛 電話:301-299-9313

              電郵:lcc001@aol.com

中國園之友會秘書長:明道廣 電話:301-229-1771

                           電郵:taoming@verizon.net

 

Introduction to The Classical Chinese Garden

  (http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/ClassicalChineseGarden_USNA.html )

. This spectacular classic Chinese Garden will be one of the largest Chinese Gardens outside of China: a 12-acre garden on a prime location. It is to be built inside the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC. It is a joint project between the governments of the United States and China. The classic Chinese Garden is a gift from the Chinese government, the People's Republic of China to the people of the United States. All the construction costs, building material and design costs will be provided by the Chinese Government. The United States Government has agreed to provide the funding for the basic infrastructure of building site preparation and maintenance costs.

 

The Chinese government will provide the majority of the cost of constructing this garden, including all of the main structures (a total of 24 structures), 15 traditional Chinese architectures, including pavilion, parlor, chamber, rockeries, plants, furniture, art objects and waterside kiosk. It will have an ornate two-story teahouse and exhibition hall overlooking a 1.3-acre lake, various rock formations, paths, plants winding through buildings and ornaments selected from the best of northern and southern Chinese classic gardens. Thus it is expected to be the most beautiful and the best Chinese garden outside China.

 

 Professor Peng Zhenhua, well-known and respected garden designer at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, heads the Chinese design team. The Chinese team is working closely with their American counterparts headed by U. S. National Arboretum Director, Dr. Thomas S. Elias. Together they are developing a concept for an outstanding Chinese garden that will be unmatched in the Western World. The U. S. will provide the land, site work, utilities, and plant materials for the project.

 

The estimated cost of the Chinese contribution is at least $50,000,000.  In addition, many of the rockeries and art objects are not commercially available at all in the United States and are truly impossible to value.

The USDA budget request for FY 2007 will provide design verification, utility enhancements to the site and ground preparation.

Once completed, the new "China Garden" at the Arboretum will be the best Classical Chinese Garden in the United States and the Western World. It will be a jewel for Washington, D.C. and the nation and will serve as a wonderful cultural, research and education site, as well as an impressive symbol of friendship between the United States and China for generations to come.

 

 The construction of the China Garden was proposed by late Dr. Williams Tai, a famous botanist. With the supports from Dr. Ren (Under Secretary of US Department of Agriculture), Mr. Yang (former Chinese Ambassador), Madam Jiang (President of Chinese Academy of Forestry Sciences) and the Government of Yangzhou, the Memo of Understanding on China Garden was signed in 2004 by the Chinese and American Governments. In early 2006, Madam Jiang led a delegation to attend the China Garden Ground Breaking Ceremony at USNA, which was attended by Chinese Ambassador Zhou, Secretary of USDA and USNA Director Dr. Ellias. Thus the progress on the China garden project went well. However due to current budget constrain, USNA is short of fund to break the Garden ground. The FCG decided to organize a Fund Raising Concert as the first step to raise funds for the China Garden. The FCG is a nonprofit organization to promote and to assist the China Garden project, including cultural, educational and scientific exchange between U.S. and China.  You can help build the best Classical China Garden in the United States and the Western World!

 

 

This 12 acre garden is a cooperative building project between the government of the People's Republic of China and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The garden is a gift from the Chinese government and people to the U.S. government and the American people.  The Chinese government will provide the majority of the cost of constructing this garden, including all of the main structures (a total of 24 structures), rockeries, plants, furniture, art objects and draftsmen.  The estimated cost of the Chinese contribution is at least $50,000,000.  In addition, many of the rockeries and art objects are not commercially available at all in the United States and are truly impossible to value. The USDA budget request for FY 2007 will provide design verification, utility enhancements to the site and ground preparation.

 

China’s rich flora and long history of garden development has had a profound influence on horticulture and garden design throughout the world. Chinese classical gardens represent a harmonious blending of man and nature. The careful balance and blending of man-made structures, stones and rockeries, plants, water, and art results in a beautiful place for people to enjoy, learn, and rest. The Classical Chinese Garden at the U. S. National Arboretum will be the finest example of a classical Chinese garden in the United States due to several factors. It will be an originally designed garden located in an idyllic setting just two miles from the Capitol of the United States. This garden takes the best features of several well known gardens in the famous Chinese garden cities of Zhangzhou, Shuzhou, and Hangzhou and incorporates them in an original design.

The garden will provide an opportunity for visitors, nationally and internationally, to see and experience a true classical Chinese garden and learn about the culture of China. This will be a setting for people to learn about Chinese culture and its traditional arts and crafts of China. It will be a key location for important meetings and special events for high-ranking officials, the business community, and organizations. At the same time, it will be used to support the Arboretum’s research programs in the development of new and improved ornamental and floral plants.


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 The 3-D model of the future classical Chinese garden is now displayed in the Administration Building at National Arboretum.  We encourage you to visit Arboretum to have a preview.

Please click here  to join this effort, write a personal letter to the Congress for their support for the future classical Chinese garden!   

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@Classical Chinese Garden at U.S. National Arboretum

For the first time in history, The Chinese and U.S. governments have agreed to build a Classical Chinese Garden on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum.

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Under Secretary Joseph Jen recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Yang Jiechi, ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United States, and Madam Jiang Zehui, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry and leading member of the State Forestry Administration of China, for the construction of this classical Chinese garden.

The 12-acre Jiangnan-style garden will be based on an original design developed by a joint team of designers from China and the United States. Though the details are still being finalized, the garden will include 15 traditional Chinese buildings with Ming- and Ching-style hardwood furniture, calligraphy and painting scrolls on the walls, and a traditional boat house adjacent to a 1.3-acre lake.

This garden will bring a unique experience to the 500,000 to 700,000 annual visitors to the National Arboretum and will provide an in-depth exploration of the contributions the Chinese have made to the history and development of gardening and to world horticulture.

Classical Chinese garden at U.S. National Arboretum.  

  

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﹝我所知道的戴威廉博士

孫伯泉

                                                 

我是戴威廉博士的老同學和老朋友,自從1952年相識,那時我們都是台中農學院的學生,一齊打橋牌、下圍棋、寫校園報紙,至今已有54個年頭了!我知道很多關於戴博士的故事,很欽佩他,當然非常懷念他!他是一位真君子,學者,和高水平的科學家,我認為戴博士的人生可以概括在:三個地區、三個愛好、三件大事及一個美麗的夢。

 

這三個地區他曾居住過分別是中國大陸約17年、台灣12年以及美加地區35年。他是1932年出生在中國的揚州市,一個古老富庶而美麗的城市,有許多中國園林。由於戰亂,他去上海上小學,回揚州唸中學,以後去台灣完成大學,(那是台中農學院,後來的中興大學)1961他來美深造,得到猶他州立大學的碩士及猶他大學的博士,主修作物、育種、遺傳及分子生化科目。畢業後曾在密西根州立大學及加拿大的莫尼托巴大學任教約20年,成為知名的教授及植物學家。1963年他與沈心勤女士(Nancy)結婚組成美好家庭並培育了四位傑出的子女。這三個他曾居住過的地區有不同環境及時代與文化背景,孕育成戴博士獨特的風格也渡過他多采多姿的一生!

 

至於他的三個愛好:一是愛好大自然,包括山水、樹木、花石及清風明月;二是酷愛中國的文人文化,包括琴、棋、書、畫、京劇、茶藝及詩情畫意的生活方式;三是熱愛中美友誼及文化交流,他經常往來於中美各地,中、美朋友很多,對推動中美文化交流活動,不遺餘力。

 

他除了是名教授外,還做了三件不平凡的大事:第一件是1988-1996年間,負責編寫英文本中國植物誌巨著。這是本有128卷圖文並茂的大作。在學術上及應用上均有巨大貢獻。他跟我們說過,在中國有約三萬種土生植物,而美洲只有18,000種,歐洲更少只有8,000種。可貴的是,所有在中國的土生植物,均可引進至美國栽培發展,如中國的月季花,及杜梋花,引進美國後,對美國的花卉改良,影響很大。

 

第二件大事是出任馬里蘭大學“全球華人事務中心”主任期間(1998-2002)密集地舉辦各種會議,研究項目或交換學者,使全球華人精英,不論是大陸、港台及其他地區常能聚集一堂與西方學者共同研討中美文化藝術課題,影響深遠!

 

第三件大事,則是近年在華府發起興建“中國園”。他找到了理想的園址,在華府國家樹木園內。他也找到了中美政府間的有力人,出面推動,並成立了中國園之友會,擔任創始會長,集合此地中、美、台三方的朋友及才俊,經三年的努力,終於在今年元月使“中國園”奠基待建。

 

至於戴博士一生追求的夢是什麼呢?那就是他要在美國興建一個最大最美的中國古典園林,作為中美友誼的象徵及中美文化交流的橋樑!他終於做到了,那就是他的第三件大事。諸位想必都有所聽聞。

 

戴博士一直認為許多美國朋友對中國文化的暸解仍很有限。如吃的文化,以前只知道炒麵及什錦菜,以後才知道有川菜與粤菜等更好吃的。中國的音樂及藝術亦如此,只知道在中國城看舞龍舞獅、敲鑼打鼓、放鞭炮,其實中國的文人文化更美更好,如琴、棋、書、畫、茶藝、盆景、小橋流水、假山、亭台,而這些景物均可體現在一個中國園林中。如果能在美國有一個或多個這樣的中國園林,則對華裔來說可傳承中國優美文化,教育子孫後代,而對美國朋友來說可以進一步了解中國文化的博大精深,使中美文化交流更上層樓而流傳久遠!

 

 

    這便是戴博士的理念,也是他平生追求的一個美麗的夢。其實這個夢才是他人生的精髓所在,也是他的三個地區、三個愛好、三件大事的有機結合,在這個夢裡,有他三個地區的人與物,有他三個愛好的內涵,以及他三件大事的目標。這是一個3+3+3+1成為十全十美的人生!正是戴威廉博士的人生!

 

的確,這個美麗的夢是老戴臨終仍念念不忘的牽掛。

 

  記得是五月十四日上午,戴夫人(Nancy)來電說:老戴病危了,我和內人急忙去看望他。我們見到他很清瘦的半躺在臥床上,見面後他緊緊握著我的手,睜大著眼晴看著我並末說話。我知道他在等我向他說說他所牽掛的中國園近況,我簡單扼要地說了,他很安慰地閉上眼,然後慢慢地吸一口氣又慢慢地睜開眼來,吃力的說“謝謝,請大家繼續努力”!說完後他的手便慢慢鬆開了,我意識到他很累了!我們便離開了他,那便是我們的最後一面,今仍記憶猶新!

威廉兄,請你放心,我們大家會加倍努力去完成您未竟的遺願!

 

  最後,我想用16個字來總結我對戴威廉博士生平的感受,那就是:

   

  典範長存,美夢成真,

芸芸眾生,能有幾人!

 

願戴博士他在天之靈安息喜樂,我們會永遠懷念他!

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Dr. William Tai

March 9, 1932May 18, 2006

Dr. William Tai was born in mainland China on March 9, 1932. When Dr. Tai was in his teens his family fled China and moved to Taiwan.   Dr. Tai moved to the United States in 1961 to study at Utah State University where he received his Masters degree under the direction of Dr. Doug Dewey.  Bill married his wife Nancy in 1963 and moved to Salt Lake City to the University of Utah where he received his Ph. D. in 1967 under the direction of Dr. Robert Vickey.  Dr. Tai was a post doctorial fellow with Dr. Peter Raven for 2 years at Stanford University and was hired by Michigan State University in 1969.  I was a graduate student of Dr. Tai’s from 1978-82.  Dr. Tai was one of the youngest full professors at Michigan State University.  In December of 1981, Dr. Tai left Michigan State University for an endowed chaired position at the University of Manitoba, Canada.  In 1987, Dr. Tai left Canada and became the director of the Flora of China at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO were he rejoined Dr. Peter Raven.  He retired from that position in 1998 and moved to Maryland and was the Director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs (IGCA) at the University of Maryland for 3 years. Dr. Tai then joined The Institute of International Development and Education in Agriculture and Life Sciences (IDEALS) in Beltsville, MD were he worked in developing relationships between the U.S. and China.  He fully retired a couple of years ago although he was still teaching general biology at Montgomery College twice a week before his health declined.  Dr. Tai was one of the first U.S. scientists to travel to China in 1979 when President Nixon normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China.  He has traveled extensively throughout China (he traveled to China about twice per year since 1979) trying to help relationships to grow between the United States and China.  Dr. Tai is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 43 years, daughters (Cindy and Carla) and son (Dean and the late Danny).  

One of Dr. Tai’s life long ambitions was to help build a Chinese Garden in the U.S.  He worked with both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chinese government to join together to built a 12 acre Classical Chinese Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.  In Dec. 2004, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Anne Veneman, and Ambassador Yang Jiechi of the Peoples Republic of China signed a memorandum of understanding to build the Chinese Garden.  For more information about the Chinese Garden which will be constructed at the U.S. National Arboretum see www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/ClassicalChineseGarden_USNA.html.  In honor of Dr. William Tai, his family requests that donations be made to Friends of the China Garden, Inc.,

P.O. Box 59232, Potomac, MD 20854
. 

Dr. Tai was always a good friend and a constant teacher.  He will be greatly missed.

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Dr. Gary Bauchan

Graduate Student of Dr. William Tai

Research Geneticist

Hello, my name is Dr. Gary Bauchan and this is my wife Francine.  Bill Tai was not only my major professor at Michigan State University but also a good friend.  I was Ph.D. student at Michigan State University from 1978 to 1982.  Dr. Tai was a full professor in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department with a joint appointment in the Genetics interdepartmental program.  Dr. Tai was an extremely gifted cytogeneticist and that is what attracted me to his laboratory.  Dr. Tai always had an open door policy. Anytime you needed to talk you could walk in, although he did keep some rather odd hours.  He came to work everyday at presented a lecture in the morning and twice a week led students in the laboratory.  Then he would go home eat dinner with his family and after the kids were asleep he would take a “power nap” until . When he would wake up and go to his study and work until then sleep until it was time to go to work.  I discovered this odd schedule when I was finishing my Ph. D. dissertation.  He was not able to work on my dissertation at the university I had to come to his house after .  All graduate students hope for one-on-one time with their major professors but this sometimes comes with a cost.  I would arrive at Dr. Tai house and was always greeted by his lovely wife Nancy, who directed me downstairs to Dr. Tai’s office.  As I would walk down the stairs I could hear what sounded like someone strangling a cat.  It was not, it was Dr. Tai listening to Chinese Opera, which he loved.  I came to Dr. Tai’s house several times to complete my dissertation before he left for Canada. 

 

While working in Dr. Tai’s laboratory I not only learned a lot about science I also met my wife Francine.  Francine had arrived at Michigan State University two years before I did working towards her Masters degree.  She was also the graduate teaching assistant for cytogenetics.  When we were in the same laboratory the two of us were constantly going into Dr. Tai’s office to complain about each other.  Dr. Tai thought we were “hated enemies” the way we would fight for lab space and time on the microscope.  Little did Dr. Tai know that we were just “practicing” for married life.  In the early summer of 1980, Dr. Tai took his whole family back to China to visit the place where he was born and raised.  His family spent almost 3 months in China.  While they were in China, Francine and I were married.  He and Nancy were totally shocked when they discovered we had gotten married.  Nine months later when our first son was born, Dr. Tai’s daughters became our babysitters. 

 

As I said Dr. Tai was not only my major professor but also a good friend.  When Dr. Tai moved to Canada I completed my Ph. D. and moved to Maryland with a job in the USDA in Beltsville.  I kept track of Dr. Tai as he moved to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and traveled back and forth to China.  One snowy December, Dr. Tai gave me call and said he was coming to Maryland for a job interview at the University of Maryland.  Francine and I met him at a hotel as we had not seen him face-to-face since our days at Michigan State, before he interviewed for his position as the director of the Director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs.  The next month we discovered that Dr. Tai had accepted the position and was moving to Maryland.  My oldest son, whom his daughters had babysat back in Michigan, helped move Dr. Tai’s furniture into his apartment.  It’s a small world. 

 

Usually the student follows the professor; in this case the professor followed the student. The proudest day of my career as a Research Scientist at the USDA came when Dr. Tai came to my Laboratory at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.  He was so happy to see me following in his footsteps as a plant cytogeneticist.  I brought tears to my eyes looking at him sitting in my chair in front of my microscope and have him say “Good microscope – I taught you well.”  Over the ensuing years we had lunch several times.  He helped me on a trip I took to China and I helped him by teaching his classes when he was going on one of his many visits to China.  Dr. Tai better known now as just Bill was always smiling, teaching and friendly.  I will miss my dear friend, my wife will miss him.  I will always be grateful for all he has done for me.  I have only one thing to say to you Bill – Well Done – Shay, Shay – Thank you.

 

               ﹝5/27/2

5/27/2

Dr. William Tai

March 9, 1932May 18, 2006

Dr. William Tai was born in mainland China on March 9, 1932. When Dr. Tai was in his teens his family fled China and moved to Taiwan.   Dr. Tai moved to the United States in 1961 to study at Utah State University where he received his Masters degree under the direction of Dr. Doug Dewey.  Bill married his wife Nancy in 1963 and moved to Salt Lake City to the University of Utah where he received his Ph. D. in 1967 under the direction of Dr. Robert Vickey.  Dr. Tai was a post doctorial fellow with Dr. Peter Raven for 2 years at Stanford University and was hired by Michigan State University in 1969.  I was a graduate student of Dr. Tai’s from 1978-82.  Dr. Tai was one of the youngest full professors at Michigan State University.  In December of 1981, Dr. Tai left Michigan State University for an endowed chaired position at the University of Manitoba, Canada.  In 1987, Dr. Tai left Canada and became the director of the Flora of China at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO were he rejoined Dr. Peter Raven.  He retired from that position in 1998 and moved to Maryland and was the Director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs (IGCA) at the University of Maryland for 3 years. Dr. Tai then joined The Institute of International Development and Education in Agriculture and Life Sciences (IDEALS) in Beltsville, MD were he worked in developing relationships between the U.S. and China.  He fully retired a couple of years ago although he was still teaching general biology at Montgomery College twice a week before his health declined.  Dr. Tai was one of the first U.S. scientists to travel to China in 1979 when President Nixon normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China.  He has traveled extensively throughout China (he traveled to China about twice per year since 1979) trying to help relationships to grow between the United States and China.  Dr. Tai is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 43 years, daughters (Cindy and Carla) and son (Dean and the late Danny).  

One of Dr. Tai’s life long ambitions was to help build a Chinese Garden in the U.S.  He worked with both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chinese government to join together to built a 12 acre Classical Chinese Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.  In Dec. 2004, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Anne Veneman, and Ambassador Yang Jiechi of the Peoples Republic of China signed a memorandum of understanding to build the Chinese Garden.  For more information about the Chinese Garden which will be constructed at the U.S. National Arboretum see www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/ClassicalChineseGarden_USNA.html.  In honor of Dr. William Tai, his family requests that donations be made to Friends of the China Garden, Inc.,

P.O. Box 59232, Potomac, MD 20854
. 

Dr. Tai was always a good friend and a constant teacher.  He will be greatly missed.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dr. Gary Bauchan

Graduate Student of Dr. William Tai

Research Geneticist

Hello, my name is Dr. Gary Bauchan and this is my wife Francine.  Bill Tai was not only my major professor at Michigan State University but also a good friend.  I was Ph.D. student at Michigan State University from 1978 to 1982.  Dr. Tai was a full professor in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department with a joint appointment in the Genetics interdepartmental program.  Dr. Tai was an extremely gifted cytogeneticist and that is what attracted me to his laboratory.  Dr. Tai always had an open door policy. Anytime you needed to talk you could walk in, although he did keep some rather odd hours.  He came to work everyday at presented a lecture in the morning and twice a week led students in the laboratory.  Then he would go home eat dinner with his family and after the kids were asleep he would take a “power nap” until . When he would wake up and go to his study and work until then sleep until it was time to go to work.  I discovered this odd schedule when I was finishing my Ph. D. dissertation.  He was not able to work on my dissertation at the university I had to come to his house after .  All graduate students hope for one-on-one time with their major professors but this sometimes comes with a cost.  I would arrive at Dr. Tai house and was always greeted by his lovely wife Nancy, who directed me downstairs to Dr. Tai’s office.  As I would walk down the stairs I could hear what sounded like someone strangling a cat.  It was not, it was Dr. Tai listening to Chinese Opera, which he loved.  I came to Dr. Tai’s house several times to complete my dissertation before he left for Canada. 

 

While working in Dr. Tai’s laboratory I not only learned a lot about science I also met my wife Francine.  Francine had arrived at Michigan State University two years before I did working towards her Masters degree.  She was also the graduate teaching assistant for cytogenetics.  When we were in the same laboratory the two of us were constantly going into Dr. Tai’s office to complain about each other.  Dr. Tai thought we were “hated enemies” the way we would fight for lab space and time on the microscope.  Little did Dr. Tai know that we were just “practicing” for married life.  In the early summer of 1980, Dr. Tai took his whole family back to China to visit the place where he was born and raised.  His family spent almost 3 months in China.  While they were in China, Francine and I were married.  He and Nancy were totally shocked when they discovered we had gotten married.  Nine months later when our first son was born, Dr. Tai’s daughters became our babysitters. 

 

As I said Dr. Tai was not only my major professor but also a good friend.  When Dr. Tai moved to Canada I completed my Ph. D. and moved to Maryland with a job in the USDA in Beltsville.  I kept track of Dr. Tai as he moved to the Missouri Botanical Gardens and traveled back and forth to China.  One snowy December, Dr. Tai gave me call and said he was coming to Maryland for a job interview at the University of Maryland.  Francine and I met him at a hotel as we had not seen him face-to-face since our days at Michigan State, before he interviewed for his position as the director of the Director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs.  The next month we discovered that Dr. Tai had accepted the position and was moving to Maryland.  My oldest son, whom his daughters had babysat back in Michigan, helped move Dr. Tai’s furniture into his apartment.  It’s a small world. 

 

Usually the student follows the professor; in this case the professor followed the student. The proudest day of my career as a Research Scientist at the USDA came when Dr. Tai came to my Laboratory at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.  He was so happy to see me following in his footsteps as a plant cytogeneticist.  I brought tears to my eyes looking at him sitting in my chair in front of my microscope and have him say “Good microscope – I taught you well.”  Over the ensuing years we had lunch several times.  He helped me on a trip I took to China and I helped him by teaching his classes when he was going on one of his many visits to China.  Dr. Tai better known now as just Bill was always smiling, teaching and friendly.  I will miss my dear friend, my wife will miss him.  I will always be grateful for all he has done for me.  I have only one thing to say to you Bill – Well Done – Shay, Shay – Thank you.

 

               ﹝5/27/2