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  1. Elizabeth Wilson
    05 March 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    A beautiful, thought-provoking, and moving account.

  2. Marjorie Pendleton
    06 March 2015 @ 9:57 am

    What a great tribute to a great man, from a great son I have appreciated Dr. Chen Sr. since the late ’40’s when I was in grade.school with his children. Reliving his untimely death brought tears to my eyes Thanks, Sammy, for sharing. Jesus, come soon!

  3. Dellas Weeks McCan
    06 March 2015 @ 1:45 pm

    A wonderful man, father and teacher. He taught me to like chemistry. Thanks for posting this account of his life and death. God bless your family.

  4. Pastor Bob Grady
    06 March 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Hi Sam! What a beautiful and meaningful tribute to your loving father and mother. It is not God’s original plan that any of us should suffer and someday in that glorious hereafter all of the problems of this life will be over. We will rejoice then over the wonderful salvation that our redeemer has provided for us! What a day that will be!!! I want you introduce me to your beloved parents there
    too!

  5. Mary Lou Doty Santos
    06 March 2015 @ 8:52 pm

    Your Dad was pretty special and so was your Mom…so thankful to have known your whole family…many memories…can’t wait for the day when we will see our loved ones again. Thank you for sharing, Sam.

  6. Don Madison
    10 March 2015 @ 7:33 pm

    Of course, I knew both your father and mother, Sam. To me, your father was my chemistry professor. I had a tough time in chemistry. He gave me A’s in all his courses, although I had the feeling I let him down—by not being (it would have to have been acting) more enthusiastic over the subjects, particularly qualitative analysis. I remember him most clearly seated in his office chair just adjacent to the chemistry laboratory at AUC, reading one or another chemistry journal. Of course, I would have loved to have seen him perform his magic tricks, but I never had that pleasure. Your mother, I knew mostly in the library, where I spent a couple hours most days in the late morning or early afternoon transferring my Zoology or Chemistry notes into a readable, understandable outline that I could review later. She was always so welcoming to me. That wasn’t all I did in the library. It was also where I introduced myself to social thought that I attempted to merge with Christian thought, at least with the version of Christian thought that I was working through. So, the library was where I spent another parcel of time on the latest issue of The Nation, or The New Republic (not today’s version—this was circa 1960), or The Christian Century. Your mother, I thought—or I imagined—knew what I was about and maybe it pleased her. I’ve read many, probably most, of your brief essays. This is, I judge, the best of them. Ottilie Stafford would also have awarded it an A; I’m sure of it.

  7. Betsy Wertheimer
    11 March 2015 @ 7:44 am

    Your experience with the end of life medical decisions that you as well as you father were faced with is reminiscent of my readings by Atul Gawande, Being Mortal.

    I am saddened that for both you and your dear father that his passage was so difficult.

    Thank you for sharing such a warm and loving tribute of your Dad. He was an outstanding human being. As are you.

  8. Robert Irwin
    11 March 2015 @ 10:46 am

    What a heartfelt as well as informational picture of a great man. I feel like I know your most inner thoughts today greater than at any of the 50 years of friendship. Don’t waste any time on shame but leave that to the Monday morning quaterbacks. I hope that my son will be able to appreciate my efforts when I am gone.

  9. Pinpin Yu
    20 March 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    Hi Sam,

    Thank you for your writing. I am moved by your writing.
    God bless you and your family!

  10. Interested Friend
    04 April 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    When I attended AUC Dr Chen was shown as a Prof and I seem to recall he was on some sort of service and not present during the time I was there.

    Your depiction of your mother reminds me of my own wife who has been outstanding in her consideration of my needs as I went thru and survived a serious illness.

    Such women as your mother and my wife are sorely needed in modern day Israel.