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NWBI--US China Garden One Plus ($1+) Project 戴威廉博士 (Dr. William Tai) 起始促成美國首府“中國園” 奠基待建; 中國FCC,及 新世界雙語學院 NWBI 國際青少年領袖發動長期全球募捐


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Please read the Chinese /English information Details in the following:

“Friends of China Garden (FCG) / NWBI -- US China Garden One Plus ($1 +) Project”

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/CULTURALPERFORMANCE/20061005_184711.php

http://www.friendsofchinagarden.com;  (nwbi1@yahoo.com, 703-978-7905)

Introduction to The Classical Chinese Garden in the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA)

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     Be a Proud History Builder---  Friends of China Garden (FCG) / NWBI -- US China Garden One Plus ($1 +) Project¨   Dear Friends:   We are cardinally invite you to join us to move The Classical Chinese Garden in the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA)  program on schedule and ahead. So that we all can enjoy the beautiful Chinese Culture and be proud of this  best Classical Chinese Garden in the United States and the Western World ASAP.    

 

On October 15,  The New World Bilingual Institute (www.nwbi.us)  NWBI Champion Gavel students joined the Friends of China Garden (FCG, a (501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; www.friendsofchinagarden.com) fund raise project to raise funds to build the China Garden. NWBI has established an on-going NWBI -US China Garden One Plus Project¨.  The goal is to invite and involve the people in the world to support this extremely important Peace and Harmony Program in bridging the two continents with the cultural, educational and scientific exchange between U.S. and China. Any amount of Your donation are  welcome, and it is Federal Tax Deductible.   Please read the following links for details. Introduction to The Classical Chinese Garden in the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA):  

 http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/post.php?task=post  

 http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061019_111425.php   http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061019_120104.php    

 

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“Friends of China Garden (FCG) / NWBI -- US China Garden One Plus ( $1 + ) Project” (Tax deductible) (http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/CULTURALPERFORMANCE/20061005_184711.php;

nwbi1@yahoo.com,

703-978-7905)

 

With honor, I, _________________    (phone:                                 ) would like to pledge $_______ (Date_________)

to support The Friends of China Garden (FCG) and The New World Bilingual Institute(NWBI)

“FCG / NWBI China Garden One Plus ( $1 + ) Project” (501(c)(3), Federal tax deductible)

 to build The Classical Chinese Garden in the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA)

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The construction of the China Garden was proposed by late President of the Friends of China Garden (FCG, 501(c)(3) 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.

 

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 to the people of the United States. All the majority of construction costs, building material and design costs will be provided by the Chinese Government. 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 United States Government has agreed to provide the land, site work, utilities, and plant materials, the funding for the basic infrastructure of building site preparation and maintenance costs. The $8,415,000 USDA facility budget request for FY 2007 for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Building and Facilities account. It 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.

 

However due to current budget constrain, USNA is short of fund to break the Garden ground. Therefore, the Friends of China Garden (FCG, a (501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; http://www.friendsofchinagarden.com) carries Dr.Tai’s Legacy to promote and assist the USNA China Garden Program that including cultural, educational and scientific exchange between U.S. and China. In order to start the China Garden ground preparation as early as possible, FCG invited The New World Bilingual Institute (www.nwbi.us), a nonprofit education Institute, to join the efforts in planning and organizing many on-going projects and events to raise funds for USNA.

 

You could also write to the Congressman. We already have a letter ready for you   (http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061018_205419.php)

 

 just put your name sign, and send; or, you can write your own words.    FCG and NWBI invite and urge all of you kindly join hands with us to contribute and spread the good news for this historical life time education and achievement program. China Garden will be a jewel for Washington, D.C. and the nation, as well as an impressive symbol of friendship between the United States and China for generations to come.

 

Please take action for your help and support to build this spectacular China Garden. Be a Proud History Builder--- Together, we could make it happen. Your help and support are greatly appreciated!   We sincerely look forward to hearing from soon.

  All the best, Mrs. Terry Wang, DTM President, NWBI Advisor, FCG GMU International Education and culture Consultant  nwbi1@yahoo.com, 703-978-7905

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新世界雙語學院 The New World Bilingual Institute

                                         www.nwbi.us;  (nwbi1@yahoo.com, 703-978-7905)

 

新世界雙語學院 NWBI 校長陳旭昭女士( Hsu Terry Wang, DTM ) 應邀 中國園之友會FCG, 參與設立在美國首府華盛頓美國國家樹木園 內的"中國園" 推動工作, 積極宣揚中國文化,中美 交流.  陳校長領導 NWBI 國際青少年領袖協會

(NWBI Toastmasters International Champion Gavel Club ) 60 余位國際青少年領袖 已于上星期日1015日積極熱切的發動創立全球 "每人一元以上" 中國園長期募捐 運動 

"Friends of China Garden (FCG) / NWBI -- US China Garden One Plus ($1 +) Project"

 

懇切的盼望全校及校外各界學生家長共同支持此一中外和平,和諧為理念, 贊助中國園 募捐 運動. 詳情請看網站:

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061019_113242.php

 

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061019_111425.php

 

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061019_120104.php

 

開始展開向全球各中外學校, 組織, 公司, 及個人的邀請, 並鼓勵 大家寫信給美國國會促使美國布希總統對美國 政府"2007年中國園 " 預算提案.(寫信範例:

 

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/GARDEN/20061018_205419.php

 

新世界雙語學院培訓中外人士成千上萬國際領袖之中, 包括美國的法官,律師, 國際企業主管, 大學教授, 英文教師, 各階層專業人士, 學者, 行政, 老師及學生等,有教無類.  由于國際主持人青少年領袖會員繼續增長, 已成立員第二個

 

NWBI卓越國際卓青少年青領袖會.歡迎青少年參與這個能讓你充滿自信, 站立在國際高台,

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/TOASTMASTER/20060619_170900.php 

 

統領世界雋傑 的領袖會.請電: 校長陳旭昭 (  703-978-7905),

註冊Gloria (703-764-1154). 

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戴威廉博士起始促成美國首府中國園" 奠基待建;

中國園之友會 FCG, 新世界雙語學院 NWBI 國際青少年領袖發動長期全球募捐

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設立在美國首府華盛頓美國國家樹木園 內的中國園"  的起始促成者為中美知名植物家戴威廉博士( Dr. William Tai), 他來自中國大陸與台灣.  為實現一生追求的夢, 他極盡發揮畢生熱愛中國文化名園的專業精神, 1988-1996年間,負責編寫英文本中國植物誌巨著, 1998任馬里蘭大學全球華人事務中心主任, 期間(1998-2002)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! 2002 年開始發起在美國興建一個集中國名園精華,最大最美的中國古典園林,作為中美和平,和諧友誼的象徵, 及中美文化交流的橋樑!經戴博士多年的努力, 終于促使中美雙方達成協議,於2004年簽署建立中國園備忘錄。在2006 年元月實施中國園奠基待建方案.

 

 戴威廉博士並創立了在美國正式立案的 501c3 非營利 組織 "中國園之友會 Friends of China Garden"(FCG, http://www.friendsofchinagarden.com;  捐款可抵)榮任創始會長,集合此地中、美、台三方的朋友及才俊. 共同努力. 不幸, 2006 514日戴博士因操勞過渡而病危,他臨終時還全心全意牽掛著中國園的開發, 經過好友 孫伯泉先生(Mr. Peter Sun) 的肯定說明 "中國園之友會" 繼續不懈的使命與系列任務, 戴博士很安慰地閉上眼,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對"中國園" 的熱愛與期望.

 

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,為此中國園之友會已訂於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。

 

有鑑于戴威廉博士起始促成美國首府中國園" 的執著, 及敬仰戴博士的千秋萬世創舉, 新世界雙語學院 NWBI 校長陳旭昭女士( Hsu Terry Wang, DTM ) 應邀 中國園之友會FCG, 參與"中國園" 推動工作, 積極宣揚中國文化,中美 交流.加倍努力去完成 戴博士的遺願!除了舉行籌款音樂會之外,新世界雙語學院 的卓越國際主持人協會 的青少年領袖協會 (NWBI Toastmasters International Champion Gavel Club ) 60 余位成員 已于上星期日1015日再創紀錄, 60 余位國際青少年領袖成員 再創紀錄, 發動長期全球募捐.

由會長 蘇文博WenBo Su 動議創立全球 "每人一元以上" 中國園 募捐 運動   "Friends of China Garden (FCG) / NWBI -- US China Garden One Plus ($1 +) Project"

群體 立即熱烈復議, 經過 積極熱切的討論與擁護之下, 一致通過, 青少年領袖們立即將身上的錢捐獻放入樸滿, 每天繼續增多.目前, 所有會員已開始展開向全球各中外學校, 組織, 公司, 及個人的邀請, 並鼓勵 大家寫信給美國國會, 促使美國布希總統對美國 政府"2007年中國園 " 預算提案.(寫信範例: http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/CULTURALPERFORMANCE/20061013_230210.php )

 

懇切的盼望各界以中外和平,和諧為理念, 贊助 中國園 募捐 運動.

詳情請 看網站:

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/CULTURALPERFORMANCE/20061005_184711.php

http://www.nwbi.us/nwbi/TOASTMASTER/20060619_170900.php 

 

 新世界雙語學院培訓中外人士成千上萬國際領袖之中, 包括美國的法官,律師, 國際企業主管, 大學教授, 英文教師, 各階層專業人士, 學者, 行政, 老師及學生等,有教無類.  由于國際主持人青少年領袖會員繼續增長, 已成立員第二個 NWBI卓越國際卓青少年青領袖會.歡迎青少年參與這個能讓你充滿自信, 站立在國際高台, 統領世界雋傑 的領袖會.請電: 校長陳旭昭 (  703-978-7905), 註冊Gloria (703-764-1154). 

 

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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士,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,如今仍記憶猶新!

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!

 

                  ﹝5/27/2006戴博士追悼會講稿﹞

                                                            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士,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,如今仍記憶猶新!

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!

 

                  ﹝5/27/2006戴博士追悼會講稿﹞

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Dr. William Tai

March 9, 1932 – May 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

USDA-ARS

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Memorial Service for William Tai

Comments by Dr. Gary Bauchan

 

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 9 a.m. 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 midnight. When he would wake up and go to his study and work until 3:00 a.m. 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 midnight.  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.

 

 

 

 

Dr. William Tai

March 9, 1932 – May 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

USDA-ARS

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

Memorial Service for William Tai

Comments by Dr. Gary Bauchan

 

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 9 a.m. 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 midnight. When he would wake up and go to his study and work until 3:00 a.m. 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 midnight.  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.