Jiang Luh

June 24, 1932July 8, 2015
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Jiang Luh, PhD, 83, of Raleigh died July 8, 2015 at Rex Hospital. Dr. Luh was born on June 24, 1932 in Hai-ning, Zhe Jiang Province, China. He came to the United States in 1957 with just $20 and many dreams, and has lived in Raleigh since 1968. He earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan, and was a Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University from 1968-2002. He had many hobbies including, solving Sudoku puzzles, watching sports, traveling, writing calligraphy, listening to classical music, and collecting stamps. He was a man of integrity and character. He was patient, caring, and generous to others and yet frugal to himself. He was a humble man who could find humor even in difficult situations. His lightheartedness and congeniality made him a favorite at family gatherings. His positive attitude was contagious due to his contentment with life and because he always considered himself fortunate beyond his imagination. Dr. Luh was both a loving and lovable husband, father, and grandfather, who always put his family first. Under his wisdom and guidance, his family is left with a legacy of generosity and scholarship. They will miss him greatly. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Tsu-yunn Luh of Raleigh, his eldest brother, Kuai Luh of Taiwan; his eldest son, Albert Luh, daughter-in-law, Ling-yunn Shiue Luh, 2 grandsons, Kyle and Colin of Longview, WA; his eldest daughter, Ellice Luh, son-in-law, David Godbey, grandson, Griffin Godbey, and granddaughter, Mia Godbey of Bel Air, MD; his youngest son, Michael Luh, daughter-in-law, Priscilla McMaster Luh, granddaughters, Elizabeth, Zoë, and Joy of Cincinnati, OH.

A memorial service to celebrate and honor his life will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St. in Raleigh. A reception will follow at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

University of Michigan Department of Mathematics 530 Church St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109


North Carolina State University Department of Mathematics 2108 SAS Hall PO Box 8205 Raleigh, NC 27695


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Sergio López-Permouth

March 15, 2016

Dr. Luh was my doctoral advisor; I am very saddened to hear about his passing. I am forever thankful to him for his wisdom, encouragement and friendliness. I would like to send my sincere condolences to his family. I have very fond memories of my time at NC State and working with Dr. Luh is a highlight of those wonderful years.

Naihuan Jing

July 29, 2015

I am so sorry to learn the news. I first heard of Dr. Luh when I was a graduate student. 5 years later I met him at a conference in Raleigh, and Dr. Luh treated all of the Chinese participants at a local restaurant. Later when we became colleagues 20 years ago, he has been a mentor and friend. At many occasions his advices helped me greatly. He shall remain in our memory!

July 24, 2015

Jiang Luh was my colleague from 1969 until his retirement. He was one of the most pleasant people that I have known. He was an outstanding advisor and teacher and member of our department. Most of all, he was a wonderful friend. I am fortunate to have known him.-Ernie Stitzinger

July 19, 2015

We are so sorry that Professor Luh passed away so unexpectedly. He was a wonderful person, wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Liang Hsueh
John Allan and LanChien Tallant

Kwong Chung

July 18, 2015

In 1970, 45 years ago, I took an offer from the physics department of NCSU. Physics and Mathematics both belong to the same college, so naturally Jiang Luh, a professor in Mathematics, is one of the first Chinese I got to know in NC.I was a newcomer, he extended a very helpful hand and we became good friends.

In 1975, Houming Chang and I began to think about making some investment in real estate. Although we were ambitious, we have very limited amount of capital. We have to gather several friends in order to do something. The very first person we thought of is Jiang Luh. Also, by the help of mutual friend, we had She-shin Wu join us. This started the 40 years of brother-like friendship. Danny Tai joined us a little later. In these 40 years, we had many success as well as some failures. Good or bad, we took it all in stride. We did not have any ill feeling in any occasion. I am very proud of this brother-like kinship because I do not know any other investment groups can make the same claim after four decades.

In the many projects we have undertaken, some involve large numbers of limited partners. To ensure the integrity of the projects, we need a clearheaded person, good at number as well as keeping records. Jiang Luh is the most qualify person for this job. This is a tedious job with no compensation. Jiang took up the responsibility with grace. In the 40 years, among dozens of projects, I did not recall a single mistake was made.

For years, we have Jiang done all these jobs without giving a second thought. Now with his passing, I realize there is one important thing I failed to do. I should have told him how much I appreciate his effort, how much I admire his integrity and how lucky I am to have a friend and partner like him. Losing him is a very big lost for me in the most personal sense. I shall miss him, always.

Li-Jin & Craig Chung

July 18, 2015

Dr. Luh was my PhD advisor. He held my hand throughout my difficult journey for five years. This was a time when I was in the United States for only one year and I was still struggling with a new language and new life style. He always welcomed me to his office with a smile, even when he was still eating lunch.
Most significantly, while I was working on paper with him to be published all the ideas came from him. When I got stuck he would explain to me very patiently. He was never critical with any sign of Impatience. We published several papers together, yet it is fair to say that he gave them to me including my PhD degree.
He invited his students to his house regularly. This was very special to me especially when I was still encountering the culture shock. He gave me the sense of home away from home. I felt safe and peaceful when I saw him and was with him. He was so loving, so friendly and so helpful.
My husband, who also took a few courses under Dr. Luh, and I visited Dr. Luh a few times after I graduated. We shared life and many laughs. We will always miss him and be grateful to him for being a very important part of our lives. Li-Jin & Craig Chung

John & Sandy Rhoades

July 15, 2015

The Luh's welcomed my Family onto their wonderful street in Springdale 10 years ago. Mrs Luh watched our 3 young girls one night to give us a much needed night out, which upon returning we learned how "crafty" kids can be. Mr Luh opened his arms as only a grandfather could, esp with my loving daughter Katie, as they shared a passion for math. Mr. Luh's kind and peaceful soul will live in our hearts. We will miss Mr Luh very much. Though we are sad to see Mrs. Luh move off our street, we are happy for her as she will be closer to Family. My wife and I will smile and think of the Luh's daily walks, often holding hands, proving 59 years of marriage is a daily Joy.

Frank Mellage

July 15, 2015

My wife and I have been next door neighbors to the Luh family for 30 years. My son Brian was in many of his classes at NC State. He always spoke highly of Dr. Luh and enjoyed his sense of humor in the class room. He will leave a huge void in our little neighbor hood in Springdale.

We will miss his always smiling face and good humor. His care and loving way with his wife. His interest in and concern for others.

Please know he had an impact on many lives and will be remembered fondly. We will pray for Mrs. Luh that she be given peace and have a good life with her son and grandchildren in Washington state.

We have made a donation to the NC State Dept. of Mathematics in his honor and memory.

We unfortunately cannot attend the funeral service but our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

The Mellage family
8909 Woodvine Court

Christin and LA Gilliam

July 14, 2015

Prayers and Thoughts are with the entire Luh family as they grieve a wonderful man, father and grandfather who touched so many. His amazing character has shaped the lives of so many and will be carried on through the generations.
God Bless and Prayers, The Gilliam Family

Ching Sung & Tina Teng

July 12, 2015

We dedicate this original seven-word poem written in the classical Chinese form to commemorate Professor Luh's life and friendship.


Dr. Jiang Luh June 24, 1932 - July 8, 2015


Military service for Republic of China - Air Force


Military service for Republic of China - Army


Military service for Republic of China - Navy


Married in 1956 in Taipei, Taiwan


Young graduate student at University of Nebraska in Lincoln 1958


In Chicago, Illinois 1959


Receives Masters Degree from University of Nebraska 1959


Receives PhD from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1963


Graduate student at University of Michigan with two children 1961