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In Memory

Professor Kai-Ho Mah

September 11, 2012

Kai-Ho Mah passed away in the company of his family on Aug. 29, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Kai-Ho was born in China in 1928 and came to America in 1938. He studied art at Fresno State and three other art schools in Los Angeles and worked as an advertising artist from 1950 to 1956. He then earned a B.A. in French from UCLA. Kai-Ho continued his studies in French at the Sorbonne, Cal-Berkeley and the University of Illinois, earning his M.A. there in 1962, where he also met and married Nadine Wallace in 1963. He subsequently earned a doctorate from the University of Washington.

Kai-Ho taught at Colorado State University from 1967 to 2001. While there he taught 30 different courses (including 18 new courses) on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Subjects included French, Chinese, ethnic studies and international film. Kai-Ho went back to China in 1979-80 and taught French in Shanghai.

Kai-Ho had a life-long love of entertainment and all things theatrical. He was known for his singing, poetic recitations, dramatic recitations and general showmanship. He had committed large portions of Shakespeare to long-term memory. In addition, Kai-Ho delighted in his life as an incorrigible and incessant punster.

Kai-Ho had a passion for music, especially singing, and regaled his company with performances in full voice at every imaginable opportunity. He knew a song for every occasion and for every person (or at least for every female name), and he knew the words to all verses of every song. He was also a talented illustrator and calligrapher. His walls were lined with his portraits of dozens of friends and family members.

Kai-Ho is survived by his daughters, Carole and Eileen; granddaughters, Lisa and Erika; brothers, Walt, Glenn, Dennis and Carson; aunt, Lois; sisters, Helen, Ling, Git Sue, and Mayme. He is missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.

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