----- Original Message -----
From: Linda Chen
To:  Distribution
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 6:00 PM
Subject: Re: Jason's Article

Jason,

This is a lovely article.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Tim,

My dad said you are on your way back to Taiwan. Thanks for representing all of
us abroad to accompany Grandpa to Hsinchu grave yard to lie together with
Grandma.  I still remember you, more than 25 years ago (?),  holding stuff and
leading the group walking to Grandma's grave yard.  You were so little, but you
behaved so mature during the lengthy ceremony. This time it's you again to help
Grandpa. Grandpa must be very glad to have you accompany him.  Thanks a lot!

Love,
Linda
Reminiscences of Zhu-Shi-Fu-Xiao﹝ 竹師附小﹞: Page 37
In Memory of Grandpa Chow, Dr. Chow, Jason Wu's Grandpa, Tina Chow's Dad, Who Passed Away on April 1, 2008
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學醫與學佛--陳榮基部落格
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懷念我敬愛的岳父大人周炳煌居士
典型在夙昔
周照芳

父親走了,回首父親跟我們相處的這六十多年時光,點點滴滴又浮現眼前,父親
從小乖巧聰穎,就讀小學公學校時,因成績優異尚未唸六年級就跳級考上中學
校,中學成績依然亮眼,頗得日本老師賞識,最後以第一名成績保送總督府醫學
專科學校(亦即今日的臺大醫學系的前身),畢業後返回新竹故鄉開業,服務鄉
里,後又擔任新竹市醫師公會理事長及理監事等職務,父親將他的一生貢獻在醫
學領域中。

記憶中的父親總是不慍不火,無論扮演何種角色,他總是克盡職責盡好自己的本
份:對於病人,他從不忘記希波克拉底誓辭中的承諾,不管富貴貧窮的患者,他
一律視病猶親同等對待,每天早起晚歸,即使已拖過用餐時間,他還是堅持看完
最後一位病人才肯離開診療間去吃飯,救活無數病人、病童,對於付不起醫藥費
的病患,他也是悉心看診且不收任何費用,也許是他的仁心仁術在患者間流傳開
來,常有桃竹苗遠道而來的病患前來父親的診所看病,所以父親的診所常擠滿病
患,父親即使每天面對這麼多的病人,他還是耐著性子一一為病人詳細解說病
情,常常半夜被病人家屬喚醒,父親還是不敢怠慢,連忙起身治療病人,甚至有
一次半夜叫人力車到病人家看診,看診完發現病患家中身無長物,於是父親不但
分文未取,甚至自付人力車費。早期父親的診所是內科、小兒科皆有看診,因此
大人、小孩常充斥著診間,有一次有一位鄉下媽媽帶著小孩前來求診,拿藥時匆
匆忙忙的,還來不及聽解說就將藥包拿走趕回鄉下,父親發現她拿錯藥時,連忙
趕到苗栗三塊厝,在稻田間找到這戶人家,將正確的藥包交回給她,才化解一場
危機,就是這種認真的態度,讓病人對他始終懷抱著感恩的心。

父親是個虔誠的佛教徒,若是遇到新竹佛教僧侶們前來求診,他都免費治療,對
僧侶也經常供養,除了每個月贈送白米給廟宇及窮人家之外,每週末還邀請印順
法師來家廟「證善堂」講經念佛很多年,讓佛光普溢人間。

卸下白袍的他,繼續扮演慈父的角色,從小他對於我們六個姐弟的課業都十分重
視,讓我們接受最好的教育,擁有一技之長,因此我們幾位兄弟姊妹就在父親嚴
格的督促下,陸續完成大學學業,甚至出國留學,也在社會上各有所成;除了課
業之外,他對於我們非常的疼愛,對健康也很注重,每天利用忙碌的診療空檔,
撥冗帶我們幾個孩子去新竹南寮海水浴場、公園或是城隍廟散步遊玩,回憶兒時
總是洋溢歡樂氛圍,及長,當我們陸陸續續離開新竹,父親因年事已高,體力無
法負荷過多的看診量,因此在七十二歲那年,經過多方考量下,「新竹周小兒科
醫院」終止看診,也結束時代性的意義。

回顧父親的一生,接連跨越兩個外來政權的統治,面對大環境的更迭,他仍然兢
兢業業面對自己的人生,「哲人日已遠,典型在夙昔」,彷彿昨天他才到車站,
送我們北上就學,送我們考聯考,如今他卻撒手西歸,儘管他的有限生命已畫下
句點,但他留給後世的精神象徵卻是永恆的,六十餘年的親子歡聚,今天就此訣
別,在此輕道一聲:「爸爸,慢走,我們永遠懷念您!」

(子女將於97年4月5日10:00假台北市第二殯儀館景仰廳為父親周炳煌居士設奠依
佛制啟建浄業道場彌陀佛事迴向諸有情上品上生西方極樂世界。懇請眾親友同聲
念佛。)
My grandfather passed away today.  My earliest childhood
memories are from his house in HsinChu, Taiwan.  He was a great
doctor and loved to play golf.  His medical practice was actually
connected to the house.  I remember all the nurses around.  He
had six kids, the youngest being my mother.  I remember when
he was younger he would travel from place to place, visiting all
his kids.  Some stayed in Taiwan, some were in California, one
was in Michigan, and one was in Texas.  As he got older he
traveled less and less.  Eventually I got to see him less and less
often.

He had a sharp mind long into his old age.  Since my mind is not
as sharp, I can only speculate from what I remember that we
share the same love for vanilla flavored ice cream.  Forget all
those other fancy flavors.  I  know I carry the Chow family nose
and I take his special walking style to an extreme.

I know Grandpa’s legacy will go on.  His children became a
surgeon, head nurse at the largest hospital in Taiwan,
pediatrician,  computer scientist, great mothers.  His
grandchildren have covered an even wider array, with multiple
attorneys, computer scientist, business gurus, marketing
magicians, musical artists, engineers, psych majors, and
hopefully a doctor to carry on your legacy of medical service to
others.  All of us respect him and hold him in high honor.

If I had to describe my grandfather in a single word:  Kind.

He was non-confrontational, giving, careful, smart, but above all,
he was kind.
Grandpa Chow
Posted by Jason Wu on March 31, 2008
Email from Tina Chow
----- Original Message -----
From: Tina Chow
To:  Distribution
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 9:22 AM
Subject: Jason's Article

Dear all:

Please go to http://www.quad4x.net/  Jason wrote an article about Grandpa and
some pictures.

Chao chao
Email from Krista Chow
----- Original Message -----
From: Timothy Chow
To:  Distribution
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 5:11 PM
Subject: RE: Jason's Article

Such a great article.  And your focusing on his
kindness was absolutely right on.  T
--- Krista Chow <chowkrista_@hotmail.com> wrote:
Email from Tina Chow
Email from Rong-Chi Chen 陳榮基
----- Original Message -----
From: Rong-Chi Chen
To:  Distribution
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 5:03 AM
Subject: Re: Jason's Article

http://profrongchichenmd.blogspot.com/
I have put Jason's article and Telu's article about Grandpa on my blog above. I
borrowed Jason's photo of Grandpa, too. Hope it's ok for Jason.
RC
Email from Dewberry
----- Original Message -----
From: Dewberry Dewberry
To: Bill Lee
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:50 PM
Subject: April 3rd

Dear Bill,

Tina Wu (Chow Chao Chao)’s Dad passed away on April 1st.

Tina’s oldest brother went to Chu Shi Fu Xiao with you.

Her (their) Dad was the best pediatrician in Hsinchu for many decades.  Dr. Chow
will be missed by all of us.  

Do you remember Dr. Chow?

Dewberry
Message from Bill Lee 李偉宗
I remember Dr. Chow well. I was a student at Zhu-Shi-Fu-Xiao from 1948 through 1954 in Hsinchu and Dr. Chow was one of the most
famous doctors in that Windy City at the time.

He will be remembered and missed much by his family and friends. Our sincere condolences and best wishes!
Email from George Chen
----- Original Message -----
From: George Chen
To:  Distribution
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 8:39 AM
Subject: Re: Jason's Article

Dear Jason,

Thanks for the great article and those wonderful pictures.
Every time I said hello to Grandpa, for the last 30 years, Grandpa always
answered me with a warm smile, no matter if he was in a good condition or
not.
And I also saw that smile from Grandpa to every little kid in this big
family.
Thank God and Buddha for giving me the best grandpa on earth who is just
like a warm sun, full of energy but always delivering it in a warm way.
Truly want to be in that warm sunshine again,
but also truly glad that Grandpa can finally be with all the ones he loved
in heaven again and this time they can together, just like little kids with
all mighty power,  visit all the wonders in this vast universe and beyond
with not a single burden and obstacale forever.
Thank God and Buddha for that we all will see Grandpa again in the future
too.

George
Chia-Chih