Edward Chiu Tseng
June 16, 1934 – March 4, 2018
Edward Chiu Tseng was born on June 16, 1934 and passed away on March 4, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California.
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Edward Chiu Tseng
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March 12, 2018
I will always remember Dr. Tseng for his kindness, encouragement, generosity, and humor. I first met Dr Tseng in 1984 when I transferred to (then) California Lutheran College as an undergraduate. It did not take me long to identify political science as my chosen major, due to the enormously interesting lectures which he crafted. He was a uniquely gifted professor who recruited other exceptional educators to CLC. None, however, could match his creativity and spontaneous wit.
One of my favorite memories goes back to an upper division political philosophy course. Dr Tseng had arrived at the lecture that afternoon wearing a new pair of jeans. He had temporarily hemmed the pants with staples. This did not go unnoticed by one of the less inhibited students in the class, who promptly made the following comments:
"Oh, look .. how cute! Dr. Tseng, you stapled your pants ! You and Mrs. Tseng remind me of the couple in that famous painting >> you know, the farmers holding the forks? [american gothic] I can just imagine you and Mrs. Tseng selling your own preserves."
At this point, my classmates and I were just about rolling on the floor, we were
laughing so hard. I suppose many professors would have been horrified to hear such remarks, but Dr. Tseng just laughed with us so hard that most of us were in tears.
Dr. Tseng opened the world to his students through travel courses which he led during the "Interim" semester, visiting places as disparate as Manhattan, Bangkok, Singapore, and Beijing. For many of us, he and his sister's philanthropy via the establishment of the Kwan Fong Institute made it possible to attend these educational tours and to complete undergraduate and even postgraduate degrees.
Dr. "ET" Tseng was a man who truly embodied the Ericksonian principle of generativity: giving unfailingly to future generations, in order to make the world a better place for all. He will forever be in my heart and fondest memories.
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