April 5th, 2005


Gabriel Chin 1920-2005

The father of my high school boyfriend, who was also my Tai Chi instructor, died last week. He'd been in and out of the hospital for a few months and had a couple of strokes. He was a very complex person and a dear man, who had a great sense of humor and a wide open heart. I feel very lucky to have known him as I did, and studied under him.

Gabriel Ching (Liang Chou) Chin

Chin, Gabriel Ching (Liang Chou) Ann Arbor, MI Gabriel Ching Chin died
at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital March 31, 2005. He was born in Shantung
Province, China, September 28, 1920, the third child and first son of Chung
Shu and Ching Cheng (Liu) Chin. He was raised and educated in Lin-yi,
Shantung, China, where his mother was a mathematics teacher and dean of a
mission supported school. He received a B.S. in military science from the
Central Military Academy of China, Nan Cheng, China, during the Japanese
occupation. After accepting his commission in the Chinese Army (Kuo Ming
Tang), he remained in the army for ten years, rising to the rank of
battalion commander. After leaving the army in 1952, he worked as teacher,
translator and interpreter, at the Overseas Missionary Society Seminary in
Taichung, Taiwan, and at T'unghai University, also in Taichung, until 1968,
after which he worked with Hai Yuan Trading Corp. in Taipei, Taiwan, until
1971, when he moved to Ann Arbor. In 1970 he married Janet Allen, in Taipei,
Taiwan. She survives him, along with their children, Elleanor (Andrew
Chang), of Cleveland Heights, OH, Peter (Cynthia Shaff Chin), of Port land,
OR, Miriam, of Ypsilanti, MI, Harriet (Dominic) Held, of Ann Arbor, MI, and
three granddaughters, Daille and Dorothy Held, and Sophie Chin. He is also
survived by one sister, Anna (Andrew) Wang, of Portland, OR, adopted brother
Hung-wen Hao, of Taiwan, and many nieces and nephews, in the US, Taiwan and
China. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother,
and two siblings in infancy. Gabriel's love of Chinese classical literature
was expressed in numerous poetic compositions and essays. His love of music
led him to sing in the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, the
University of Michigan Choral Union, the choirs of Bethlehem United Church
of Christ, and First Congregation al Church in Ann Arbor. His lifelong
devotion to the practice and teaching of tai chi and chi gung leaves
numerous students all over the US and abroad. His love of cooking and his
expertise made his catered banquets and his cooking classes memorable.
Gabriel's body has been donated to the University of Michigan Dept. of
Anatomical Research, by his specific wish. Donations and gifts in his honor
and memory may be made to: Organ Fund, Bethlehem United Church of Christ,
423 S. Fourth Street, Ann Arbor, 48104, or to the University of Michigan
School of Music. A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Church,
Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends at home, at 408
Hamilton Place, Ann Arbor, immediately following the service. Arrangements
by Muehlig Funeral Chapel.
Published in the Ann Arbor News on MLive.com on 4/2/2005.