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OBITUARY

Edwin Din Loh

January 21, 1948June 7, 2019

Edwin Loh was born in 1948 and passed on June 7, 2019. He was first and foremost a dedicated family man and educator. He will be remembered for his gentle personality and calm demeanor, qualities which lent naturally to his love of family and teaching. His contagious laughter spread joy over numerous meals which he loved to cook for and share with family. Edwin was born in Suzhou, China in 1948 before immigrating to the United States at less than one year old. He grew up in Blacksburg, VA with his sister and three brothers where he acquired a life-long love for the pursuit of knowledge, for sharing that knowledge, and for family. He attended Caltech then Princeton where he met his wife Joyce at a cooking club. Together Joyce and Ed have three sons, with each of whom he had a strong and personal relationship. As an educator at Michigan State for 31 years, Edwin taught thousands of students to which he emphasized empowering their ability to think critically and independently more so than committing textbook content to memory. In doing so, he influenced a generation of scientists, teachers, and professionals.

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Dave Chapman

June 17, 2019

Joyce and the entire family: I want to grieve and celebrate with you. I always knew Ed as a kind, gentle person, with a keen intellect and yet a very calming spirit. I particularly recall his becoming very animated when sharing science (and the process of science) with a receptive audience- how he smiled and enjoyed that. And as a science educator myself, I appreciate the impact he had on the many, many students and colleagues he had over his very significant career. - Dave Chapman (Okemos High School)

Shawna Prater

June 14, 2019

I worked with Ed in the Astronomy department for 17 years. Dr. Loh was a gentle soul, ever so friendly and caring. Ed was very helpful to his students as a mentor and astrophysicist. He will be greatly missed.
Shawna

Horace Smith

June 13, 2019

Dear Joyce and family,
Debbie and I are very sorry to learn of Ed's passing. We will miss his way of looking at things, which was always original and always a little different from the ordinary. He will be missed as well by the students he encouraged to do their best. You have our sympathy and condolences,
Horace and Debbie

Laura Chomiuk

June 12, 2019

Dear Joyce and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Ed's passing. You are in my heart, and I know that all of Ed's colleagues in the astronomy group at MSU are sending you strength and sympathy during this hard time. Ed will be missed---he always expected the best of people, and through his gentle application of high standards, he helped the folks he worked with grow and improve.
Sincerely,
Laura Chomiuk

Felicia Berryman

June 12, 2019

I had Ed as a professor twice and then later worked with Joyce for a few years. This is very sad news. I never knew they met in a cooking class. What a great story. Ed will be missed. My heart goes out to Joyce and the family.

Jack Bass

June 12, 2019

Dear Joyce and Sons,
Joanne and I were stunned and saddened to hear of Ed's death. He was a kind and friendly person who made major contributions to the MSU Astronomy group and to the SOAR telescope system. He will be missed.
Please accept our condolences and our best wishes,
Jack and Joanne Bass

Danita Brandt

June 12, 2019

So saddened to get this news. Our thoughts are with you and your sons.

Jeff Kuhn

June 12, 2019

Janeen, Jill, Joel, and I have precious memories of our families growing up in Princeton and E. Lansing. Ed is a great man who will be remembered from those times.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY