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“Mrs. Bambi Rae is a legacy left behind by the Late Jeffrey Chuan Chu. Never had the opportunity to meet the Late Chuan but my encounter with the Raes...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Bennett Yaw Quist-Awumee - Accra, MD

“In Memory of Jeffrey Chuan ChuBy Jin Weion behalf of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, andShanghai Jiao Tong University Foundation of AmericaJuly 16,...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jin Wei - Friend

“We are very proud of Jeffrey Chuan Chu's many contributions to science and humanity including his efforts to foster cooperation between China and...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Yan Ping Xu

“Memories of our Father Parents are the backbones of our biographies. As I was growing up, I knew that Father was one of the most important...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Memories of our Father

“Jeffrey -We are of an age and were blessed by common friends.My sincere condolances to the family and us all for our loss.Dr. John ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: John Heibel - Santa Cruz, CA

“Hi , my condolences to the family of this great scientist. Mario. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Mario de Sá Vera - Moutain View, CA

“Dear Loretta, I have written emails to you via Chuan's email address, so you may not have received them. I am so sorry about Chuan's passing....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Anna Pai - Davidson, NC

“Dear Mrs. Chu,It was such a pleasure getting to know Mr. Chu and you. I will always treasure our time together and our trips around Greater Boston. ...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Tom O'Leary - Weston, MA

“Dear Loretta and Family, We shared several trips with Chuan and Loretta: Tauck's Germany and Tauck's Spain. Our trips were much enriched because...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Jensen - San Leandro, CA


Jeffrey Chuan Chu, beloved husband of Loretta Yung Chu, passed away at his home in Lincoln, MA on June 6, 2011, at the age of 91.

Known as Chuan to family and friends, he was born into a family of scholars in Tienjin, China. He received his BS from the University of Minnesota and his MS from the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania. Chuan was a core member of the engineering team that designed the first electronic computer, ENIAC, in 1946.

As a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, he helped design several improved versions of large-scale computers, until the 1950’s when he became Chief Engineer at Univac for the LARC project, one of the earliest all-transistor computers. He continued to be a leading figure in the computer and electronics industry as microchip technology allowed computing devices to become smaller and more personal, becoming Director of Engineering and Vice President of Honeywell Information Systems, Senior Vice President at Wang Laboratories, and Chairman and CEO of Sanders Technology (Santec). He also served as Senior Advisor at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and at Data Resources, Inc. (DRI). Most recently, he held the position of Senior Advisor and was a member of the Board at BTU International.

In the 1970’s, Chuan returned to China for the first time in nearly 40 years and discovered the cause that would become his passionate mission for the rest of his life. He became an active participant in the effort to modernize China. Meeting with Deng Xiao Ping and serving on various State boards, he brought his technological expertise and knowledge of Western business practices to China, and advised American companies seeking to do business in China. As a lifelong scholar himself, it was his greatest pleasure to serve as visiting professor at several universities in China. He personally established a scholarship for Chinese students to study English at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and he facilitated the establishment of a partnership between Jiao Tong University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Inspired by his years of living in the U.S., Chuan promoted the idea of public service as being an essential ingredient of a successful modern society. It was his self-appointed mission to inspire individuals to help those less fortunate, and to serve a cause beyond themselves. He advocated this ideal in his many public speeches in China, and he established a Campus Civility Award for public service at Jiao Tong University. However, he taught best by his own example. A man of tremendous vigor and vision, he spent his long public life in service to both his countries.

Chuan is survived by his wife Loretta of Lincoln, MA; his brother Zhu Chuan-yi of Beijing, China; his sister Zhu Chuan-yi of Tianjin, China; his daughter Lynnet and husband Noel McDermott of Santa Cruz, CA; daughter Bambi and husband Michael Rae of Naples, Italy; daughter Deidre and husband Fanul (Bodhi) Kocica of Miami Beach, FL; and stepson Van Tsai and his wife Paula of Hanover, NH. He leaves 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by four sisters, Zhu Tao-le, Zhu Shang-rou, Zhu Chuan-xun, and Zhu Chuan-rong, and by his granddaughter Lauren Tsai.

Donations in memory of Jeffrey Chuan Chu may be made to the Wharton-Penn China Center Fund by contacting Jeffrey Sheehan, jsheehan@wharton.upenn.edu.

Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord.

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