Victor Chang was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, colleague, and friend. He left the world too soon on December 8, 2020 at the age of 71.
Victor was born to Han-Chuen and Rai-Jane Chang in Taipei, Taiwan on July 14, 1949. Victor was the second eldest son and had two brothers and three younger sisters. After graduating from Tamkang University in Taiwan, he continued his education and immigrated to the United States to pursue his passion for science. He received his Master of Science in Chemistry at Cleveland State University in 1975. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Polymer Science at University of Akron in 1979 and worked as a post-doctorate for a year before leaving Ohio.
Victor and Lily’s families had known each other their entire lives, but they never met until Lily’s uncle introduced them in 1974. It was love at first sight and even though they only had a few months together before Victor went to Ohio for graduate school, they continued to write love letters to each other. They were married on December 6, 1977 in Taipei and shared 43 wonderful years of marriage. Together, they have two daughters, Debbie and Kathy.
Victor had the opportunity to travel and live in many different states throughout his career, including Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland. Most recently, he enjoyed working at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia as a Patent Examiner and was looking forward to celebrating his 20-year anniversary next summer and retiring. But more than his love for work, he cherished his family. He deeply respected his mother and father and did his best to serve and selflessly provide for his entire family.
Victor was an amazing cook and showed his love through the food he made. He will be missed for his famous wonton dumplings (a family recipe) and Chinese vegetables. He enjoyed playing Mah Jong and weekly breakfast trips to Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s. He taught us to be kind to others and to treat our children as our best friends for life.
Victor will be deeply missed by his wife Lily and two daughters, Debbie and Kathy, their spouses, Andy and Stephen, and four granddaughters, Addison, Kara, Makena, and Olivia, and all of his other family and friends.