Edward C. Chiang, 76, a resident of Houghton, passed away suddenly at home Friday evening, Sept. 18, 2009.
He was born on July 4, 1933, in Shanghai, China, a son of the late Kein Chiang and Sheng-Wen Cheng. As a young adult, Edward immigrated to the United States to pursue his education. He received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.
On Sept. 2, 1988, he was united in marriage to Myra (Wirtanen) Walman.
Dr. Chiang worked for a short time in Columbus, Ind., before joining the faculty at Michigan Technological University, where he taught for 30 years in the Mechanical Engineering Department, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of the ASME and the SAE International. He was also a member of the Houghton Lions Club for many years and served as president for one term.
Edward loved animals and supported the Copper Country Humane Society. In his retirement he also enjoyed keeping up with the world news on his computer, especially in the areas of Taiwan and China.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard.
He is survived by his life partner of 24 years, Myra Walman of Houghton. Also surviving are his brothers, Tom, Jack and Robert; and sisters, Yi-Jun and Hen-Jun, all of Taiwan; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.