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適逢溫志達老師十二週年逝世紀念日,啓智網站接到69年文科校友陳淑萍寄來的『溫志達老師』紀念特刊,裡面有溫老師女兒 Lucille 親自執筆的文章 In Memory of Our Parents,以及『父親的一生』圖文並茂介紹。





每個明日懷念我  溫志達老師紀念畫冊               陳淑萍(啓智69年文科)









In Memory of Our Parents                   Lucille溫老師女兒

INTRODUCTION: I cannot recall a lot about our Dad’s childhood. My knowledge of his early life is based on his autobiography, “A Lonely Expedition”, which recounts how he was in Indonesia. At 13, he went to China with his parents and was raised and grew up there. He finished his University, obtained a teaching career and married our Mom. To my astonishment, at an age of over 90, Dad still remembered how to speak Indonesian with my friends who were from Indonesia. In fact, they were surprised that he was able to speak the native Indonesian that was very difficult to pronounce. This was a surprise to all of us. It was amazing that Dad might not remember something he did or spoke of only overnight, yet he would never forget something that was very important to him although the incidents might have happened many years ago! The following is what I could remember about our dear parents. The memories are unforgettable!

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS: Dad had a passion for literature at his young age. He had studied about 30 world famous books that were translated from English into Chinese. He had also translated Don Quixote by Cervantes and Iliad by Homer, from English into Chinese. He had also assisted me in translating “Look Younger, Live Longer” by Gayelord Hauser, which was published in the Chinese newspaper in S. Vietnam. He had taken thousands of pictures in the past. He had won several awards for his photo exhibits in both S. Vietnam and San Francisco. An American Reporter interviewed Dad in S. Vietnam, and wrote an article on his interests, work and his family. Dad enjoyed reading and writing. He would spend a considerable amount of time looking for a good book in the bookstore. He enjoyed reading books on nutrition, health, art, history and politics. He enjoyed walking every day, and that was considered good exercise for him. In his early years, he traveled with Jan frequently. He asked me to sing for him and to share my music books. He appreciated nature and beauty. He loved flowers and plants, particularly the Aloe Vera. He read a great deal about the miraculous cure that this plant could perform on human. At his age of over 90, he still loved to go to the concerts although he couldn’t hear very well. He had so many interests that his life was always occupied and exciting. When I was with Dad, I could learn a lot from him, not only his gentleness and kindness, but also his wisdom and patience. He enjoyed “life”, and he was a man who treasured simple things. In those things he valued he was truly wealthy.

GOAL AND CAREER: Dad had spent most of his life time working as a teacher in English and was entitled “King of Teachers” among his students in S. Vietnam. He always believed in one thing: “The most important thing in life is to live not for money or fame, but to live with a goal that could help others.” He had kept this goal as his promise to others all of his days on earth.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Dad had spent 13 years in writing a 1700-page book on Comprehensive English Grammar. With the great support by his student, Siu Fong Evans, and especially the review by the famous writer, Prof. Dao Zhen Zhang, the book was published at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in Beijing, China in late 1998. It received a great demand from people in China. Within a year, it was re-printed for five times. Mom passed away on September 29, 1997. It was with deep regret that she was not able to see this book!

THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHILDREN: In order to escape the tragic war in S. Vietnam, and to build a better life for the children, Dad and Mom had tried their utmost to send us, one by one, to China (before World War II), Taiwan, Hong Kong and America. I was sent to Hong Kong in 1969. At that time, I realized our parents had really worked so hard to provide their children with a better life of freedom. Without their support and loving gesture in hiring a lawyer to submit their application for my entry to America, today I should not have ever lived in this country! I owed them more than I could ever repay for their love. Never should I forget the moments of my deep sorrow amidst my hopes for the future when I had to leave our parents in S. Vietnam. You can imagine my great joy when I was again united with our parents in America in October 1977. Although the passing 8 years had added more gray hair and wrinkles to our parents, they were still healthy and happy to see me. Dad had prepared a big sign: “Welcome to America!” in the living room and I saw it as soon as I walked in. Considering their efforts and sacrifice, I am a very fortunate child!

THEIR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: Our parents had lived a simple and humble life. They loved to save every penny if they could. Never did they spend any money on something that was considered “expensive” or “luxurious”. On the contrary, they were happy to help their children in any way they could. Their love for their children was “equal”. Everything they did for the children was out of love and good intentions. Throughout their lives, they only played a role as a “giver”! When I was very ill in S. Vietnam, while Mom was practicing acupuncture in the village, Dad was so worried about my condition that he submitted a resignation to my employer to ensure that I could forget my job, and be able to rest. He paid a doctor to check on me at home every day. Dad was worried and did not sleep all night.

THEIR COMPASSION FOR OTHERS: Mom used to help the poor relatives and friends in S. Vietnam. She sympathized with poor people. In her early years in America, she was dedicated to her church. I was surprised to learn that Mom never missed her Sunday services and was always early. She used to enjoy the company of the children at the church. During her last years, she could hardly walk, but she still tried her best to cook for the members at the Church, which she enjoyed tremendously! Dad used to walk to China Town twice a day. He used to give money to the beggars, or used clothes to the homeless people. He thought those people were less fortunate than he was. He particularly sympathized with those aged people who needed to beg for money and were not cared for by their children. After Dad and Mom finished reading the Chinese newspaper in the morning, Dad would fold the paper neatly and return it to the man whom he bought the paper from, so the man could sell it to another customer for extra money. To others, this could be considered as “unworthy”, but to me, it showed they had a kind heart for people.

There is a Chinese saying: “Those who have done “good” on earth will be sent to Heaven during their passing.” I believe our parents should now be in Heaven where there are beautiful flowers, streams, oceans, mountains, libraries and churches. There are angels who sing hymns in praise of them.

Farewell, dear Dad and Mom, until we are together again. We miss you!





Teacher On and his wife spent Christmas in their daughter's home in San Jose



A happy reunion with three daughters and two sons during Christmas in 1991



Teacher On and his wife moved in a new home in S.F. as new immigrants



Focusing on reading!



Teacher On and his eldest daughter enjoyed sharing a gift



A happy couple enjoyed a sunny day in China



Teacher On and his three daughters enjoyed a Christmas time



A lunch birthday celebration shared by the family



劉鈴校友親自到溫老師家祝賀他的生辰 , 送上這張許多校友簽名的生日賀卡。





親愛的溫老師  祝您





旅居海外  啓智同學仝賀  2-22-2004




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