Dr. Ching Hsiung Yang, 78, of Montville, NJ passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 2, 2021. Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, he was the eldest son of 6 children to Wan Wong Chen and Bu Yang.
Ching was the first one in his family to go to university and studied agricultural chemistry at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He was the first graduate from his class to come to the United States to further his education.
After serving in the Army of Taiwan, Ching moved to the U.S. in 1967 to attend the Tuskegee University in Alabama, where he earned a Masters degree in Biochemistry. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his PhD in Biochemistry.
After completing his studies, Ching began his career at Memorial Sloan Kettering where he conducted cancer research for almost 25 years. He then consulted for Jiaxing Honglin Leather Chemical Co. Ltd. in China prior to his retirement in New Jersey.
Ching enjoyed visiting museums and loved to karaoke. He also spent much of his retirement traveling around the world with family and friends and managed to visit 5 out of 7 continents. When Ching was not traveling, he loved to garden and would often conduct ‘experiments’ to find new ways to grow his plants and vegetables. He also experimented with different ways to deter deer and other animals from attacking his garden!
Ching is survived by Shwu Huey Yang, his beloved wife of almost 50 years; his daughter Teresa Yang and her partner David DiLaura of New York, NY; and his daughter Tracee Yang of New York, NY. In addition, he leaves his sisters, Hong Lang Yang and Hong Ching Yang, both of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as well as several nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Due to COVID-19, a private service will be held at the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home in Boonton, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in Ching’s memory to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.