In memory of
FU HAI LIN
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In memory of
FU HAI LIN
Fu Hai Lin, 92 Feb. 15, 1926 - April 30, 2018 Fu Hai Lin passed away peacefully at the Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center on Staten Island, N.Y., on April 30, 2018. Fu Hai, or Frank as he was also known, was born on Feb. 15, 1926, in Zhang Zhou, China. He was the middle son of three boys born to his father, Quan, and mother, Wang Lin. He also had four sisters. He fled from mainland China in the early 1950's during the Communist revolution and received his bachelor's degree in biology from National Taiwan University. He married his wife of 62 years, Ruth Li Hen Chen, in Taiwan. Their first two children, Nancy and Alan, were born in Taiwan. Three other sons, Boris, Calvin, and David, were born later in the U.S. In 1958, Fu Hai immigrated to the U.S. to study at West Virginia University, where he received a master's degree in biology. Following his graduation from West Virginia, he worked at Boyce Thompson Institute, Yonkers, N.Y., to earn enough to help his family immigrate to the U.S. in 1961. Fu Hai earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from Rutgers University in 1965. After graduating from Rutgers, he worked as a medical researcher at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He joined the staff of the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Staten Island in 1968, and worked there for over 30 years. Fu Hai was a research pioneer and was an early discoverer of a protein called reverse transcriptase, for which some of his contemporary scientists received the Nobel Prize. The discovery of this protein revolutionized the biomedical field and is still used in research on HIV, Alzheimer's, measles, and certain cancers. He also served his community as one of the founders and president of the Chinese American Club of Staten Island, and as the first principal of its Chinese School. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; five children; son-in-law, Clifford Mark Smith of Winchester, Mass.; daughters-in-law, Yvonne Lin of Commack, N.Y., and Courtney Lin of Zionsville, Ind.; and seven grandchildren, Marquessa Kate, Alexander, Brianna, Rebecca, and Emily and Anna and Sophie. An open house and memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Casey Funeral Home, 350 Slosson Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to any of the following organizations to the attention of the Fu Hai Lin Memorial Fund: Staten Island Chinese School, Inc., P.O. Box 140492, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314, or Chinese Society of Staten Island, Inc, 614 Richmond Rd., Staten Island, N.Y. 10304, or Staten Island Chinese Christian Church, 159 Schmidts Lane, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314. Casey Funeral Home 350 Slosson Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10314 (718) 447-4242
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