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Jim Wong

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In Loving Memory of
Jim Wong
1955 – 2010
James S. Wong Resident of San Jose James died Saturday, February 6, 2010, at Stanford Hospital after a valiant, hard fight against thyroid cancer. He had overcome a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, with two open-heart surgeries at ages 5 and 46. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1, 1955, to Grace and William P. Wong, James was an outstanding scholar. He received his B. S. in Chemistry summa cum laude in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1981, both from UC Berkeley. In his professional life, he held various management and product strategy positions with IBM and Hitachi in the data storage industry. His accomplishments include numerous merit and scientific achievement awards, two patents, and many professional publications. He distinguished himself in his role as Board Chairman of ACHA (Adult Congenital Heart Association) and in his appointment to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Director's Council of Public Representatives. He loved golfing, skiing, and bicycling. He excelled in photography. Yosemite was his favorite place to visit and to photograph. James is survived by his loving friend, Yu-Sze Yen and her son, Adam; his brother, William G. Wong and his wife, Janice; his sister, Marian G. Wong and her husband, Michael J. Fitzgerald; nephew William B. Wong and nieces Christianna S. Wong, Diana L. Berger, and Lauren N. Park. The funeral service will be held at Sunset View Cemetery, Fairmount and Colusa Avenues, El Cerrito, CA on Tuesday, February 16, at 11:00am with interment following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ACHA or to the American Cancer Society.


Published in Contra Costa Times on February 12, 2010