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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Alex Chiahuei Kuo

October 20, 1949December 1, 2019

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Dr. Alex Chiahuei Kuo, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and devout Christian passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. Dr. Kuo was born on October 20, 1949 in Taipei, Taiwan to Mr. Wang Kuo and Mrs. Siouchin Chou Kuo. Dr. Kuo received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1972. After two years of military service, he emigrated to the United States to study at West Virginia University. There, he earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering in 1978.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Kuo made many significant contributions in the field of chemical engineering. He was the President, CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors of Taiwan-based Oriental Union Chemical Corporation (OUCC), until his retirement in 2012. During this time, Dr. Kuo also served on the Board of Directors of a number of corporations, was the Executive Director for the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, and was inducted into West Virginia University's Academy of Chemical Engineers. Under his leadership, OUCC built chemical plants in Taiwan and China, transforming the company from a basic chemical maker to a diversified specialty chemical producer. Before joining OUCC in 2003, Dr. Kuo was a recipient of the prestigious Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, had a number of publications, and was an inventor credited with 7 patents during his 25 years with Union Carbide Corporation and Dow Chemical Company.

While a student at West Virginia University in 1974, Dr. Kuo married the love of his life and soulmate, Mrs. Eva Tienkee Kuo. Together, they raised three children; sons, Jeffrey and Benjamin, and daughter, Angela. Dr. Kuo and his wife have also helped raise two young grandsons, Skyler and Casey. In 1997, Dr. and Mrs. Kuo were baptized into the Christian faith and became devout followers of Christ. Dr. Kuo previously served as a deacon and beloved church elder at Evangelical Formosan Church. They are currently active members at Lakeview Christian Center. He was known for his love of God, love of life, love of adventure, and most of all, love of family. His intellect and charisma were unparalleled, and these traits have been passed along to his children and grandchildren. His passions were vast and included traveling with his wife, fine dining, preaching, ancient Chinese opera, classical music, sports including football, tennis, volleyball and golf, Wei Chi, Mahjong, and even wrestling with his grandsons.

Dr. Kuo is preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his loving wife Eva Tienkee Kuo; two sons Dr. Jeffrey Kuo and Dr. Benjamin Kuo; daughter Angela Kuo; daughter-in-law Dr. Jamie Do Kuo; two grandsons Skyler Kuo and Casey Kuo; three brothers Eric Kuo, Chris Kuo, and Fred Kuo; sister Julie Kuo; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124. Visitation begins at 12pm and the service begins at 2pm with a celebration reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E330780&id=1) in Memory of Dr. Alex Chiahuei Kuo.

Services

14 December

Visitation

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124

14 December

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124

14 December

Committal Service

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Metairie Cemetery

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124

14 December

Reception

3:15 pm

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ma Kibg Way

December 5, 2019

Dear Mrs Kuo:

I am Ma King Way ( 馬敬威 ) Business Director (ret), EO Catalyst and Process Licensing , Shell Singapore. I met you along with Dr Kuo at the Shell GEOTEM in San Francisco circa 2006.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolence on the ultimate passing of Dr Kuo. It is difficult for me to convey to you how saddened I and others at Shell on hearing this very sad news.
Dr Kuo was a good, honest and kind person. Always so pleasant and fun to do deals with him. And I was so very fond of him since his first day at OUCC. Such fond memories too. I can still remember the great business dinners we had at Taipei Really Good Seafood restaurant (真的好)-his favorites are 澎湖絲瓜 和七星班. Also I can still recall so vividly that his face lighted up with his usual warm and unforgettable big smile as I opened the Chateau LaGrange to celebrate the successful conclusion of one of many EO Catalyst contracts. He was a smart and fair business negotiator.
I will always treasure the wonderful times I spent with Dr Kuo. I am going to miss him a lot.
With sincere sympathy and condolence.

馬敬威

Steve Osborne

December 5, 2019

I hold Alex in high regard. My first extended time with him was on a job near Beijing. Alex took his family so they could gain some appreciation of their ancient heritage. What was most impressive was not the fine job Alex did for our clients, but the extra effort he gave to his family. I appreciated the aid he gave me, but I appreciated more the joy and care he showed for his family. Over the years since, he remained jovial even during trying family circumstances. I'm proud to have known Alex. And, for those who think people of Chinese heritage are inscrutable, they never met Alex. He always showed he was real people. I will miss him. Although it is not a good photo, Alex looked good in a tux, too.

NO EFC

December 4, 2019

Elder Alex was greatly loved by many, and was a wonderful servant of God at EFC-New Orleans. We will certainly miss him here, but know we will see him again someday.

Youping Lin

December 4, 2019

Hey, Alex, you know what I would miss you most?
Your sermons !!
You let us see the Glory, Mercy and Love of Lord,
Thanks.
Bye now.
I will meet you again in the Lord's Big, Big House one day.

Hunter wu

December 3, 2019

We all knew him had a genuine love and respect for him.
Revelation 14;13
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
聖靈說:是的,他息了自己的勞苦,做工的果效也隨著他。
Enter Eternal life into joy.
Sincerely. Brother Hunter Wu

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