Jun 11, 1922 - Jun 30, 2010
Mr. Chih-Yi Wang, Founder of the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation (SCCF), and long-time Sacramento resident, passed away on June 30, 2012 due to complications from kidney disease at age 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Pi â€“Chun, son James (Tari) , daughter-in-law Sydney, stepdaughters Dori Liang and Julia Gattoni (Todd) . He has 11 grandchildren: Jacob, Sarah, Seela, Mary, Mia, Taylor, Nicholas, Grant, Jack, Maxwell and Dillon. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Ken Wang.
Mr. Wang was born in China on June 11, 1922. He was appointed accountant and internal auditor for the Overseas Chinese Bank Corporation in Kunming, China, at age 23. As a member of Republic of Chinaâ€™s Army, he ascended from platoon leader to battalion commander of an armored division. For seven years, he was assigned as a high-level liaison officer in charge of personnel and administration between the Ministry of Defense and Military Assistance Advisory Group, USA. Through his efforts, the Committee for Armed Forces Veteransâ€™ Placement was successfully established to provide job placement services for retired soldiers. Mr. Wang retired from his highly-decorated military career in 1966. He came to the US to attend graduate school and earned his Masterâ€™s Degree in Accounting at SUNY, Binghampton. In 1969, he moved to Florida where he worked for the Lake Butler Inmate Reception and Medical Center. He moved to California in 1970, and worked for the City of Roseville as an accountant until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Wang was active in many Chinese community organizations and in 1986, established the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation to promote Chinese culture in the community. He selected the first board of directors, and his seed grant allowed the SCCF to flourish and enrich the community with educational programs, scholarships, and cultural exchanges to this day. Mr. Wang left a legacy of community service.
Visitation will be on Friday, July 6, 2012 from noon until time of service, at 2:00pm at the East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA. Per Mr. Wangâ€™s last requests, remembrances can be made to the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation, P. O. Box 160841, Sacramento, CA 95816.