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Vol. LXIII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Chia-chen Chu Kang

Chia-chen Chu Kang

Chia-chen Chu (Cecilia) Kang, 86, a Princeton resident for 42 years, died June 22 at home. Born in Shanghai, China, she immigrated to the United States to get her advanced degree in chemistry. While at the University of Illinois, she met and married Chi Lung (Charles) Kang. At a time when women rarely had significant careers, she had a distinguished career as an analytic chemist with M.W. Kellogg, culminating in her becoming responsible for the analytic chemistry department of the company. She left the company to develop her ideas to increase the efficiency of converting coal to gas, and received multiple patents. Her success in her career enabled her to honor her father by establishing a fellowship at the University of Illinois so other Chinese women could have the same opportunities for success she had.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Chi Lung Kang, Princeton; two sons Jeff, West Hartford of Connecticut, and Ray of Orono, Minnesota; three sisters, Baofen Zhu of South River, N.J.; Jiaofeng Zhu of East Brunswick, N.J.; Jiacui Zhu of Shanghai, PRC; three brothers of Jiapeng Zhu, East Brunswick, N.J.; Jiakun Zhu of Piscataway, N.J., Jiahong Zhu of Shanghai, PRC; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by a reception at Shanghai Park Restaurant, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chia-chen Chu Fellowship Fund, c/o University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801. A memorial service will be held in Princeton at a future date. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

John Mislow

John Michael Kurt Mislow, 39, of Newton, Mass., formerly of Princeton, died June 11 in a tragic climbing accident on Mt. Denali, Alaska. His death prematurely ended a lifetime of ascent; mountains, medicine, and motorcycles alike yielded to his vitality.

The June 11 accident also took the life of Mr. Mislow’s longtime friend Andrew Swanson.

Born in Princeton, Mr. Mislow attended Princeton Day School, then graduated from Princeton University in 1992 with a BS in geophysical sciences. He worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, then at Harvard University as a research associate in cell biology before entering a joint M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. He received his medical degree and a Ph.D. in pathology in 2004, graduating with honors as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. At the time of his death, he had just finished his postdoctoral research in neuroscience at Brown University, and was about to begin his sixth year of neurosurgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of Harvard University’s training hospitals. His particular professional interests were clinical neurosurgery and research in neuroprosthetics.

According to his colleagues, he was destined for eminence in neurosurgery. Said Dr. Arthur Day, chairman of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, “John was a rising star in academic neurosurgery; he loved his family, surgery, and science.”

Mr. Mislow’s professional accomplishments were merely one facet of his gusto. Whatever he ventured, he mastered. Intrigued by fencing, he became a Junior Olympics épée challenger and captain of the Princeton University fencing team. His wide range of interests included skiing, fencing, photography, jujitsu, gourmet cooking, scuba diving, and fly-fishing, but his deepest love was mountaineering. During his university years, he climbed Chimborazo and Cotopaxi in 1998, and the Grand Teton in 2002. In 2000, he and his medical school classmate, Mr. Swanson, climbed Mt. McKinley for the first time, in the process earning the Denali Pro Award for “selfless assistance to other climbers in distress and safety consciousness.” He summited Mt. Everest in 2004.

To commemorate the excellence in his professional and personal life, two funds have been established in his honor. One, the John Mislow Memorial Fund, will support an annual neurosciences lecture to alternate between Brown University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Contributions may be sent to Brown University, John Mislow Memorial Fund, Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence, R.I. 02912. The other, the John Mislow and Andrew Swanson Denali Pro Award Memorial Fund, recognizes mountaineers who, like Mr. Mislow and Mr. Swanson, reflect the highest standards in the sport for safety, environmental practices, and selfless assistance of other mountaineers in distress. Contributions to this award may be made to the John Mislow & Andrew Swanson Denali Pro Award Memorial Fund, Talkeetna Ranger Station, P.O. Box 588, Talkeetna, Alaska 99676.

Mr. Mislow is survived by his parents, Kurt Mislow, Hugh Stott Taylor Professor of Chemistry, emeritus, at Princeton University, and his mother, Dr. Jacqueline Mislow, a retired internist; his wife, Linda Chung-Chin Wang; his two young sons, Max and Jack; and a brother, Christopher of Charlottesville, Va.

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