The University mourns the loss of a dear colleague and a special friend of many, Ms. Janet Chow, Director of Institutional Advancement, who passed away on 3 January 2020.
Ms. Chow obtained both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from CUHK. In 2001, she began working for her alma mater as Director of Clinical Sciences Administration at the Faculty of Medicine. In 2010, she was appointed Director of Institutional Advancement and had since been soliciting donations for the strategic development of the University and overseeing the University’s fundraising matters.
In an interview with the CUHK Newsletter published in April 2015, Janet spoke fondly of what she had learned from her job: ‘I have handled many donation cases during the past years. I believe destiny is at work in each case: when the University needs funding for a project, there is always someone willing to support it financially. It feels like destiny that the right support would come.’
CUHK Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rocky S. Tuan expressed his deep sorrow for losing ‘a highly valued, loyal, and dedicated member of the University’. ‘Those of you who were close to Janet know of her professionalism, conscientiousness, passion, and caring for others…. Her dedication and desire to be of service to the University, even during her darkest days, touched us all. We will miss her sorely.’
Ms. Chow is survived by her husband and two daughters. A memorial service will be held later on campus, with details to be announced in due course.
May you rest in peace, Janet.
This article was originally published in No. 551, Newsletter in Jan 2020.