Chih-Min "Jim" Yen
Chih-Min Yen, 87, of Vestal, died at home on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He is survived by Ping, his loving wife of 63 years; his son, David; his brother, William; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was born in Wu Tai, Shanxi Province, China. He was the fourth of five sons of Marshal Yen Hsi-shan, governor for many years of Shanxi province in China. Jim and Ping met and married in China before immigrating to the U.S. in 1949. He graduated from Union College in 1953 and received a Master's degree from the University of Rochester in 1962, the same year that they both became U.S. citizens. They moved to the Triple Cities in 1963, where he worked for IBM in Owego for many years. After leaving IBM he was president of Chenango Products before becoming a consultant until he retired. Jim and Ping helped found the Triple Cities Chinese School and were active in the Chinese Arts Association and other community organizations. He was a grandfather figure to many of his friends' children.
A Memorial Service will be held at noon at Allen Memorial Home, 511 E. Main Street, Endicott on Saturday, March 20. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Entombment will be at the Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Civic Society, 131 Front Street, Binghamton NY 13905.