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CHO FU LAI (Frank), beloved husband, grandfather, father, son and brother, passed away peacefully in his home at 7:00 p.m. on 27 February 2014. He was in the company of his family (his wife, Joan, his son, Yee-Ping and his daughter, Yee-Ann) and in the great care of his hospice provider, Vitas.
Consistent with his wishes and in the spirit in which Frank lived his life, he chose to donate his body for medical education and research through the Willed Body Program at University of California, Irvine / School of Medicine.
Self-taught, Frank played the hu-chin and was one of the founding members of the Chinese Opera Club in New York City. The club recently celebrated its 60th birthday.
An avid painter and collector of Chinese brush art, Frank studied with master C. C. Wang and opened Mi Chou, the first gallery in the United States to exclusively feature Chinese artists.
Tea importer and subject matter expert, Frank traveled extensively in search of fine teas that could be blended and distributed in the United States.
Frank's brother was killed by Japanese troops near the conclusion of WWII. In memory of Cho Huan-Lai, Frank's dying wish was to establish an endowed fund to support academic research at Macalester College.
This little, super low-res video was created years ago in iMovie to celebrate mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary, before videos became ubiquitous (and before I really knew what I was doing technically). I had some old films converted that were then combined with new footage that I shot on a digital movie camera. It's rough all over, but mom and dad were thrilled with it (they were an appreciative and forgiving audience).