Dr. YAU Chi-hi, MD (WY68) passed away on January 18, 2010 in Toronto
(Picture of Chi-hi from the booklet of Expansive Club of WY68 – courtesy of David Mok)
Dr. Lo Chi-man (68) remembers him:
Chi Hi Yau was a
1968 Form 5 graduate from
H. K, S. J. During
secondary school he represented Wah Yan to compete at the Hong Kong Music
Festival in "poetry recitation" and won several honors for our Alma
Mater. He finished Upper 6 Science in 1970, also at Wah Yan, before moving to
to start college. He graduated from
with a baccalaureate degree
in 1974 and went on to study medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in
New York City
graduating with an M.D. degree in 1977. He completed his internship and residency
in Medicine at
and did his fellowship training
in nephrology in
He had a internal medicine practice in
. He passed away
unexpectedly after a brief illness several days ago. He is survived by his
wife, Matilda, an oncologist practicing in
, a daughter, Andrea, and a son Kevin.
Andy Ng added: Chi was the loving and caring father of his
kids, and uncle of his nephews and nieces (both Yau’s
and Matilda Ng’s families) providing guidance and help. He had a pleasant
personality, always wearing a smile. He was easy going but could be meticulous
in planning and could go for a perfect solution. Chi had a cruise and a trip to
last year and was planning a family reunion cruise this year. He was
professional as a doctor as he treated his fellow passenger during the cruise.
He was loved by his patients and they had high praises for him.
Lo Chi-man continued: Other than our classmates in
, I probably know
Chi Hi for the longest time, and definitely spent the most time by his side
during the formative years. I visited his home at
while still in secondary school, and got to know some of his family. His
brother, King Fei was Head Prefect who menaced us
when we were young and ignorant in Form 2. Another brother offered several of
us (I think the group included Doug Wong Ying Tak and
Angelo Yip Chun Tat) temporary employment after Form 5 for a project
"counting cars" at a street intersection. Several years later I
visited this brother of Chi Hi at his home, who told me he was working for a
"petrol" company in 1968. The "counting" project he
conducted was the first "field survey and marketing study" ever
. Another brother, King Wei, is a well known
Howard Hughes medical researcher at John Hopkins Univeristy.
King Wei was the one who first told me that Chi Hi has just passed on.
It was during Form 5 we grew closer. I
remember Fr. McCarthy commented the five Chi's (Yau
Chi Hi, Ma Chi Ming, Lai Chi On, Chan Chi Kueng and
me) sitting together simply confused him. Chi Hi told me the near misses of his
family. They lived in
during the deluge of 1966, and
during another rainstorm in 1972. I know some of the people who perished during
those disasters. The Yau's lived through those
nightmares with relatively little loss. I was also privileged to learn some of
the tragedies in his family. I got to know him more as a person. He simply
loved animals, especially dogs. He once owned a dog, a cocker spaniel I think.
He told me when his pet died, he cried for weeks.
He was interested in martial arts. He,
Vincent So Chung Yueng and I joined the Go-ju karate club in
after Upper 6. When we met again in 2007 after many years of drifting apart, he
wanted to do tai-chi push hands with me.
Our paths after Wah Yan took similar twists
and turns; I marched on at a slower pace. We shared a similar anxiety to be
applying to US medical schools with foreign student visa status. He was my
resident while I was a sub-intern in medicine. From 1979 to 1980 we shared an
learned about some of his romantic adventures, his first love and then the
later breakup. There were little details; we were both busy and rarely had time
to engage in any long discourse. Perhaps we were also trying to protect our
fragile egos. But he was definitely more courageous while I was particularly
timid about exposing the more vulnerable, emotional side of ourselves.
He had a taste for finer things in life:
fresh Italian bread from Bakeries along
in the Bronx, reading the
New York Times in a lazy Sunday afternoon, and shopping at the one and only
For me, a quick bite in Chinatown, with Chi Hi and George So Gee Foo (then a MBA candidate at
) in tow, was
He watched with amusement but kept quiet
while I was dating Esther during that year when we shared an apartment. When he
was leaving for
he encouraged me to "go for this nice girl". Esther and I were
married six months later, in December 1980.
I saw him again in person in 2007. He came
with Matilda to pick up their son
who had spent a summer at
. We discovered
we still shared many common interests: I still practiced Tai Chi alone by
myself while he was learning the art from a real master, and he and Matilda
were taking ballroom lessons as were Esther and I. We were moving to a
different house then, otherwise we could have flaunt our dance steps to one
another at my home. We did promise to do some push-hand the next time we meet,
Well, I lost that opportunity. I lost a great friend.
May God bless his soul and his family.