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悼念化一

Shared by Bianjia Li on April 13, 2021
远处望山,特别能感受那山的雄伟和气派。做为化一的校友和秀玲的好朋友,在化一走后,总是有那远处望山的感觉。感叹化一学业的杰出和家庭的完满。

化一是中国科学技术大学(简称科大)774的毕业生。77代表是1977 年入校的。4代表是在近代物理系学习。

1977 年,在停止了十年之后,国内第一次举行了普通高等学校招生全国统一考试(简称高考)。是有史以来竞争最激烈的一年。那年570万人参加高考。27万人被录取。化一是之一。

科大做为当时国内前三所大学其中的一所,77年只录取了738名学生。化一是之一。

在科大所有科系中,近代物理系的录取分数是最高的。当时每年只录取二三十名学生。化一是之一。

由李政道先生倡导的”中美联合培养物理类研究生计划”(CUSPEA) 当时每年从全国挑选100 左右学生,赴美留学,攻读物理和相关领域的博士学位。化一又是之一。

好朋友秀玲,漂亮、伶俐、善良,格外的能干,且非常的肯干。化一与她组成了家庭,育有两个孩子,一男一女。这次,化一是全世界最幸福的人之一。

化一的一生,家庭幸福、学业和事业有成。就像座雄伟壮观的大山。远远望去,那大山郁郁葱葱、翠绿常青。


科大7911,Bianjia Li

Morning Joy!

Shared by Janet Bateman on March 21, 2021
Huayi is someone I will  never forget. I know he was a brilliant thinker and helped make Rennaisance what it is today. I will always remember his kind demeanor, his beautiful smile and contagious laugh. I was lucky enough to serve him breakfast each morning at Renaissance.  He never had to say a word, I knew what he wanted and tried very hard not to break that yolk every day!  If I did, I would beg his forgiveness and offer to make him another egg. He would flash thatsmile at me and of course refuse.   Then I would say, “Huayi, you are the best!”  Huayi was the only one that I actually delivered breakfast to, leaving the kitchen to present it on his dining table.
Huayi was my morning joy!  Taken too soon. RIP my sweet friend, till we meet again~

追忆张化一

Shared by Wei Gu on March 16, 2021
惊悉张化一离世,非常遗憾和难过。虽然知道他病重,但是想到他在秀玲的精心照顾下,同疾病頑强战斗了这么多年,这次也许可以挺过来。可惜世间还是没有办法能留住他,过早地让他离开了可爱的妻子和儿女。
大约20多年前我们住在长岛,在伟康和小明的引见下有缘和秀玲和化一相识。之后我们在长岛的几年孩子们经常在一起玩,女士们更是经常一起念念妈妈经。两个家庭结下了情分。聚会时化一给我们的印象是个很独特,睿智 和低调的人。对社会和生活很有独特的见解。每回相聚大家享用美食,相谈甚欢。我们还一起去过他们在New Jersey 的度假屋滑雪,度过了快乐的时光。回想起来那时候大家都年轻健康,真好!
我们离开长岛后两家女士一直经常自然而然地联系着,使两家的情分陪伴着我们一起走过明媚,晴朗和风风雨雨的时光。我们很敬佩化一捐赠大学医学研究经费和其他慈善的心行。我们也知道这些年秀玲为了治好化一的病,调解他的身体,让他生活得有质量,苦读中医,烹饪高质量健康食品,精心照顾,这让我们非常佩服和感动。化一有这么一位贤妻真是三生有幸!
家有儿女个个成才,今后他们的生活道路上父爱会永远伴随。
化一安息吧,天堂没有疾病和痛苦!
衷心希望秀玲,聆聆,奂奂节哀,保重。把以后的日子过好,是对化一最好的纪念。让化一在天之灵保佑你们,一切平安,健康,快乐,幸福!
                                     顾葳,吴铭,天石(Allen)

A cup of tea and a laugh

Shared by Kresimir Penavic on March 15, 2021
I first met Huayi when interviewing for position at Rentec back in 1992. I remember being impressed by his wit and rather dry humor, which I have appreciated ever since. It was of course only later - once we became coworkers - that I was struck by quality of his work.
Huayi was always thinking outside the envelope and taking on (and solving, of course) obscure and seemingly impossible to solve problems which always proved to be of significant importance and impact. On the personal side, I shall always remember his laugh and everpresent cup of tea - often served together in his office.

In loving memory of Huayi

Shared by Yong Lu on March 15, 2021
I met Huayi more than 18 years ago when I first joined the company. Huayi was one of the most senior and respected employees. Over the years I got to know him a lot better. I enjoyed listening to those stories about Renaissance's early days - they gave me perspective where this company came from and where it goes. We often had lunch together and lunch table discussions were wide-ranging - from trading profits to world events - we literally talked about everything. We agreed on many things. Even when we disagreed, Huayi was always friendly and diffused any tension with his laughter. Although Huayi was quite a bit older than me, I found him to be someone I could really relate to. I missed times spent with him outside of work whether it was attending his house party in the Fall, helping him get his boat back in the Spring or dinner conversations with Huayi and Siuling on annual Renaissance trips. Rest in peace, Huayi, you may be gone but will never be forgotten !

In memory of Huayi

Shared by QHenry Chen on March 14, 2021
When I joined the company Huayi and Siuling kindly invited Vincent Wong's family and my family for dinner. We spent a wonderful night, with Siuling's mother show and explain to us many of her Chinese paintings. It seems not a long ago and we were still young men then.
Even though we differ in age by a round of Chinese zodiac, our kids are similar in the age and often play together. It's amazing to observe the four boys/girls playing together intensively and show vast different personalities. Now they are all grownups and hope they can remain friends for life.
Huayi has always been strong and athletic and is very good at tennis and skiing. It's sad to watch him becoming increasingly emaciated with visible speed after the horrible strike of the disease.
Huayi is always the benevolent elder brother, always gracious, calm and smiling, even when debilitated by the disease. When he decided to retire fifteen months ago we expected a long and happy life for him ahead in the warm Naples sea breeze. It's so sad that he passes away so fast! 
You will forever be missed Huayi!
Shared by Robert Leong on March 14, 2021
When I started at Renaissance, it wasn't the legendary trading outfit it is today. The whole operation on Bennetts Road was housed  in a tiny two story building that would easily fit in one of the computer rooms of the current building. Trying to find a rectangular room was almost impossible. I remember when they installed these newfangled motion sensitive lights, the rooms would go dark if you didn't wave your hands wildly every five minutes. The place was far away from being a hot job destination. What profit was to be had was in the commodities. The equity side, where Huayi worked, had yet to show a profit.  It must have been a stressful time for him. 
But he handled it well. The Huayi I met in 1990 was calm, logical, and had a sly sense of humor. And, over the years, as the equity side ballooned into the huge success it is today, that person did not change a bit. 
One more thing. An earlier tribute talked about Huayi bargaining hard for an Eagle Talon.  The reason why Huayi was confident that the dealer would cave is because Huayi would take note of the odometer reading every time he went to the dealership. When the odometer reading did not change from week to week, Huayi could be sure that no one else was interested in the car. Like I said, calm, logical, and a sly sense of humor. 

Rest in peace. 

Godspeed Friend!

Shared by Emil Moshkovich on March 14, 2021
Huayi was my colleague at Renaissance. His office was right next to mine. I have known Huayi close to 20 years and in all that time I would always stop by to either discuss current events or to ask his view on various matters. Our brief discussions would many a time turn into a lengthy conversation. We both were immigrants in the United States and therefore shared a lot of views on many topics. Huayi would always provide his own take on the matter at hand and we would always part laughing. In fact, it is that laughter that I remember now as it was yesterday. I  am not even going into detail to all the contributions he has made to the company and to our group. When Huayi retired I did not say goodbye, but reminded him that we will once again have lunch with him in due time. The lunch table at Renaissance is an institution and Huayi never shied away from participating in the discussion of the day. It grieves me that I did not have the chance to once again break bread with Huayi. I miss you my friend and know that you will never be forgotten.

Forever missed

Shared by Zhenhai Ren on March 14, 2021
I get to know Huayi at Renaissance lunch table. During the lunch conversions for more than ten years I shared with Huayi at Renaissance, not only we become friends, he also becomes such a respectable figure to me. I share most of his views and opinions. And for many thoughts I have now, it is only through his words that they become clear. He was also such an easygoing person, always smiling and composed, even when arguing. I will miss his wisdom and smiling for the rest of my life.

感恩!

Shared by Maiqing Wang on March 14, 2021
病魔夺走了化一的生命。但是,您永远活在我们的心中。
想想刚移民加拿大,每年我们都会去您家里新泽西洲和长岛,您和秀玲带着我们到处旅游,自由女神像、沙滩及各种景点。一到节日,我们就去逛商场,以及吃不同的美食,每次点餐就数您点的东西最好吃。给我影响挺深的是,您来加拿大蒙特利尔时,我们一起去冰钓,外面冰天雪地,白雪皑皑,我们几个在小屋里等着鱼儿上钩。虽然,我们没有钓到一条鱼,然而,我们都很享受整个过程。
回忆是美好的,记忆是深刻的。太多太多的事情在脑中浮现。此时此刻我词穷了。但是,有一点,我是非常清楚。感恩您这么多年的慷慨、无私的的帮助。 
我们永远怀念您!
弟媳

In Remembrance

Shared by Eugene Cheng on March 14, 2021
Huayi and I first met in 1996.  At the time, I was attending Stony Brook University.  My girlfriend, later wife, had gotten to know the wife of one of Huayi's co-workers at Renaissance.  We had been invited to their house for dinner one night.  As a student, it was inspiring to see the home of a successful Chinese professional.  Huayi and Siuling were gracious hosts and generous with their time.  


When I became colleagues with Huayi, I had the opportunity to get to know him better at various social gatherings.  I came to learn that he was a devoted husband and father.  That he was invariably friendly and unfailingly kind to all.  He had a quiet strength about him while dealing with adversity.  There were many lessons that I've learned from him.  He was with us for all too short a span, but I am forever grateful for the time I was able to know him.  You shall be missed, Huayi.  Rest in Peace.  


Remembering Huayi Zhang

Shared by Vincent Yang on March 14, 2021
On an October morning in 2011, two months after my arrival at Stony Brook, I got a call from the Dean of the medical school, Dr. Kaushansky, requesting me to meet him in my newly renovated research laboratory located in the Health Sciences Center Tower of the medical center. There I met Huayi for the first time who was accompanying the Dean. I was asked to describe to Huayi the design of the new lab space, how equipment in the lab works, and my plan for recruiting faculty physicians and investigators to Stony Brook. Later I came to realize that Huayi was considering a major philanthropic donation to Stony Brook University in a named Endowed Chair in Immunology, as part of a larger campaign spearheaded by Jim Simons of the Renaissance Technology (and as an appreciation of the generosity of the Renaissance family in supporting Stony Brook, the medical school was renamed Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University). Huayi was one of the earliest and major donors to the campaign, which fueled an ambitious and rapid growth of biomedical research in the medical school, partly evidenced by the recruitment of numerous expert investigators to the university. Philanthropy in the form of an endowed chair is one of the highest honors that a donor can bestow upon a faculty member. Huayi clearly understood the prestige his donation brings to the university and to the named individual.

Subsequently, Linda and I were introduced to Huayi and Siuling by a mutual friend, Mindy. We got to know them in a social setting. Huayi always strikes me as a man of deep faith with a formidable knowledge base. He likes to read with a special interest in current affairs. Despite being chronically afflicted by a rare autoimmune disorder, Huayi remained deeply committed to his family and career. On a trip to southern Florida three years ago, Linda and I visited Huayi and Siuling in their oceanfront apartment in Naples (see photo) as they explored the various options upon Huayi’s impending plan for retirement. He was looking forward to the beginning of the next chapter in his life and was the happiest that I have seen him. The relaxed atmosphere and mild climate in Florida were something that he found quite enjoyable.

Perhaps due to his own health condition, Huayi continued to be a strong supporter of medical research. I was extremely appreciative when he approached me a few years ago and expressed his and Siuling’s desire to donate a second Endowed Chair, this time in Rheumatology. We recently recruited from the Cleveland Clinic a new Chief of the Division of Rheumatology in our department, Dr. Yao, who is a renowned Rheumatologist best known for his pioneering work on several autoinflammatory disorders. This donation thus arrived in a most timely manner as Dr. Yao prepared to put together a first-class research and clinical program in Rheumatology at Stony Brook. Apart from the two Endowed Chair positions, Huayi and Siuling’s contribution also helped the recruitment of two young immunologists to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (formerly known as Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and renamed in part because of Huayi and Siuling’s support). These combined efforts provided the foundation for the development of a strong immunological and rheumatological research program at Stony Brook.

Huayi’s health has not been well in the last year. It has also been a difficult year for Siuling who is totally devoted to caring for him. Yet they remained incredibly strong and hopeful, while at the same time Huayi embraced his fate with grace and courage. As we mourn his loss, Huayi’s legacy will forever live in our memory. We are eternally grateful to his contribution to mankind.

Vincent W. Yang, MD, PhD
Simons Chair of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Physiology & Biophysics
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

March 2021

Huayi, We'll miss you forever! Your kindness will be always remembered!

Shared by Jianping Zhao on March 14, 2021
I have known Huayi for over twenty years as a colleague and a friend. When I first joined the company, he had already been there for more than a decade. He became like a big brother to me, providing me with valuable advice over the years. It's amazing that we share a lot of the same interests. Both of us love classical music and both of us love sport cars. We even once drove cars with the same model and color. The difference was that he never drove over the speed of 70mph. I guess that's because being a life time researcher, Huayi loved to take risks but he also knew how important it is to control risks.
 
What I'll never forget about Huayi is his kindness and generosity. Whenever we spoke, he was always smiling. He'd ask me how things were going and if I needed any help. As a Buddhist, Huayi believed life was simple and life was good. He lived a happy life. On March 5, my wife and I visited him at his home and we witnessed how courageous and gracious Huayi was when he was in his final days. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to sit together and chat with him. Before we left, we naturally shook hands like before without realizing that we broke the covid-19 protocol. Afterwards, Huayi told me seriously that I should wash my hands as soon as I get back to home. That's how caring Huayi was: he always cared for others even when he was seriously ill himself.

Huayi believed that life should be not only about yourself, but about humanity and the society as a whole. Throughout his lifetime, he donated a considerable amount of his fortune to education and medical fields for a better future of the society.

Huayi, we'll always remember you and will always dream of your smiling face! Rest In Peace.

怀念化一 Remembering Huayi

Shared by Fuwei Zhang on March 14, 2021
张福伟,曹育松 (2021年3月13日,写于休斯顿)

By Fuwei Zhang & Yusong Cao (March 13th, 2021, Houston)

我们和化一的夫人秀玲是华南理工大学造船系的77级同班同学,福伟和秀玲还是同宿舍的闺蜜。最早知道化一是通过秀玲在广州的父母并从照片中看到了他和秀玲一起留下的幸福时光。与他的见面直接交流是我们也到了美国之后。三十多年了,我们几乎在他们家的每处住所都做过客。由于持相同‘政见’,所以有很多共同语言,也从他对美国的宪法,制度,以及各个时期时事政治的深入思考和分析中得益匪浅。

We both were classmates of Huayi’s wife Siuling in South China University of Technology’s Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Siuling and Fuwei were also roommates and best friends. The first time we heard about Huayi was from Siuling’s parents. Through the photos they showed to us, we saw Huayi and Siuling’s happy times together. Since we came to US, we met Huayi in person and knew him more through each time we visited them. In the past more than 30 years, we’ve been to almost every home of theirs in different places. Through the communications, we found out that we shared very similar understanding and appreciation of the principles of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. We also found out that he was a deep thinker with broad knowledge. He cared seriously about US Constitution, the political system, economic policy and major events of various times. It’s very beneficial to listen to his insightful analysis.

2005年我们在新奥尔良受到飓风后的决堤水灾后,化一和秀玲在第一时间不仅送来问候,还寄来雪中送炭的无息无期限的支票帮助我们重建家园,令我们至今难忘。在得知化一帮助了许多科大的贫困学生以及在几所大学捐赠资金支持医学研究的消息时,我们并不奇怪。因为这就是他的人品,爱心和奉献公益精神的必然所在,而且他做得非常低调。

A lasting memory of him is his generosity and providing the help without being asked. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and caused the levee breach and city-wide flooding. Huayi and Siuling immediately contacted us to make sure that we were safe. They also mailed checks to us to provide the fund without interest and time limit for our home repair project. We were not surprised when we later learned that he also had helped needed students in China and set-up several endowed chair professorships in leading US Universities to support medical research in order to help more people with diseases with cure. He had a big heart to help others. He was also very humble and always kept low profile while making big contributions.

化一在退休前就开始为退休地点做筹划。他先租下Naples的海边高层单元实际体验,也和秀玲一起来我们所在的休斯顿实地考察。记得我们一起去看一个在建的高层顶楼单元时都被24英尺高屋顶和180度视野的玻璃墙所震撼。化一在环顾了周围后说:‘这个单元现在是很不错,可是如果旁边的空地上再建一栋更高的楼,就会挡住部分视线而优势不再了’。后来果然那里又起了一栋更高的楼,使化一的预见成了现实。我们后来也到他们租的Naples住处体验了一周,感觉到那里更适合他的退休生活,并为他的最后选择而高兴。没想到的是他向往的退休生活才开始不久就中断了。

Before his retirement, he started to look for places to be his final settlement to enjoy the retirement life. The two options were Naples, FL and Houston, TX. He first rented an ocean front high-rise unit in Naples, then he companioned Siuling to Houston. We were with them for house hunting and we all impressed with a new high-rise building’s penthouse unit for its 24’ high ceilings and glass walls with 180 deg. Park-city views. Huayi looked around and noticed an unused lot nearby. He then told us that if a taller building were built in that lot, then the view would be blocked and the current unit’s benefit would be temporary. Now a new high-rise building has been built and taller than the one we saw and proved that Huayi was right. We later visited them in their rented unit in Naples for a week, and truly understood and believed that it’s the best place for his retirement. We were very happy for Huayi and Siuling finally settled down in Naples in a home to call their own. But unfortunately, their dream retirement life was cut short.

回想起和化一的许多交谈,觉得他始终是头脑最清醒的那一个人。他会认真地听完每个人的话,然后点出议题的关键。每次的交谈都非常愉快,然后就期待着下一次。可惜这个下一次没有了,但化一的音容笑貌会成为我们的永久纪念。

Recollecting our conversations with Huayi through the years, one conclusion is that he was always the one with the clearest mind. He was attending, patient, and listening to all the people points, then express his view like hitting the nail on the head. We enjoyed every minutes of the conversations with him. Everyone ended with a good lough, expecting another one at next time. It’s so sad that there is no more next time now. We will forever miss him, miss his wisdom and miss his lough.

愿化一在天堂安息。愿秀玲和孩子们节哀。

May Huayi rest peacefully in heaven.
May Siuling, Ling Ling, and Huan Huan draw strength and comfort from Huayi’s memories.

Remembering Huayi Zhang

Shared by Xiaodong Huang on March 14, 2021
It’s such a shock when I heard the sad news that Huayi passed away that I could barely believe it.

Last time I saw him was when he was about to retire from the company where we worked. His wife Siuling and he told us about their retirement life that they were envisioning, and various plans they had in Florida.  It was easy to spot their genuine excitement and happiness and we could only express our well-wishes from the bottom of our hearts. He invited us to visit them at their Florida home when we had a chance, and we really looked forward to it. Nobody expected it would be the last time we ever saw him.

Huayi was my colleague. When I first joined the company, there was this group of employees who came from the same cultural background that had lunch together regularly. Huayi was part of it and I was introduced to him this way. Soon afterwards I met his family during an employee family trip to a Carribean island organized by the company. My initial impression was that Huayi was a poised father figure.

We got to know each other better, after having lunch sitting at the same table and taking walks after lunch together day in and day out, attending company events and getting together at other occasions. Huayi joined the company early on, when it had only a few employees. He would tell us about the history and what the company went through over the years when we asked him about it. Being more experienced in many things, he gave me valuable suggestions and recommendations on various matters.

Huayi was a good-natured gentleman. We used to talk about all kinds of topics, and inevitably diversified views popped up. But he never let differences of opinion get in the way of friendship, and that is a rare and true virtue when I now reflect on it. Huayi was a big supporter of our community and society at large, and gave to educational and other institutions. But he was also someone who was extremely low-key. I remember that before his retirement I wanted to follow our tradition and organize a send-off lunch for him with some of his close colleagues at the company attending. He refused because he did not want to draw attention to it. We ended up buying a gift card and a retirement card for everyone to sign. When I gave them to him, he was surprised and thanked us repeatedly, as if we were doing something extraordinary for him.

Huayi was also my friend. Now when I remember our time together, many fond memories emerge. I remember the time when he took us on a boat ride not long after he bought his new house and also acquired the boat from the previous owner. My recollection of the sea, the sunny day, the blue sky and the gust of wind that afternoon still feel so fresh. I remember that time when my toddler son who didn’t know how to swim jumped into his swimming pool out of overly excitement, I had to jump in with my clothes on to pull him out, and later Huayi gave me some of his clothes to change out of my wet ones. I remember the occasion when he mentioned that his daughter who was still in junior high school at the time travelled to Japan all by herself to attend a summer camp, and could hardly conceal his pride in her. And I remember the affectionate way he talked about his son’s street-smartness and easy-going personality.

Twenty-seven hundred years ago, a Chinese poet wrote: “Those virtuous gentlemen, will be truly and forever remembered”. I believe that’s how people who got to know Huayi feel too.

Rest in peace, Huayi.

From Huayi's friend Jasper Wu 吳孟瑜的回憶

Shared by Siuling Zhang on March 14, 2021
I first met Huayi at the beginning of 1990. I was just graduated and started working for Kepler, and Huayi also just joined Renaissance slightly earlier. We worked at a small 2-story house in Long Island; Kepler was on second floor and Renaissance was on the first floor. Huayi and I quickly became good friends and he was like a big brother to me, teaching me valuable life lessons. He was always calm, but with a quiet confidence, assertive, decisive, and persistent.

At the time, we were both very interested in a nice little turbo-charged sports car, Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was also sold as Eagle Talon: same car different brand, with Eagle Talon a little cheaper than Mitsubishi Eclipse. He went to a car dealer to see an Eagle Talon one day and offered a very low price for the car. The dealer refused. And Huayi smiled and said, “OK, see you next week!”, and left. Next week, the same thing happened. Finally, after a few weeks, the dealer caved in, and Huayi got the car at the very good price he wanted.

That’s what Huayi was: calm, assertive and persistent.

悼念张化一君

Shared by Xiaodong Huang on March 13, 2021
猝闻化一去世的消息,一开始怎么也不敢相信。

上一次见到他的时候还是前年底他即将退休前,听他和太太秀玲给大家讲述他们即将开始的退休生活,在佛罗里达渐次展开的各项计划,兴致勃勃,言笑晏晏,让人从心底为他高兴和祝福。他邀请大家有空去佛罗里达盘桓,大家也都由衷充满了对再见的期待。不成想轰然间已天人永隔。

化一是我同事。我刚加入公司时,周围已有不少华人同事,化一跟我分属不同部门,但大家工作午餐都在一起吃,一来二去算是认识了。我一去就赶上了公司组织员工家庭去加勒比海岛国旅游,就此认识了秀玲,也见到了那时大概还未满十岁的他的女儿和儿子,接触中感觉化一是个稳重耐心的父亲,一家子其乐融融。

一起吃工作午餐,饭后一起散步闲聊,加上参加公司组织的各项活动和交往,各种机会使大家的互相了解不断加深。化一是元老,三十年前就加入了公司。有时我们好奇问起来,他就给我们讲些公司的历史和掌故,让我们了解一些有趣的轶事。除此之外很多工作和生活中的实际问题也蒙他指点,受益良多。

化一是品性谦和的君子,大家谈天说地,有时涉及到有分歧的话题,各抒己见,他从来都是不为已甚,不以议论之异同而害私谊,值得学习。化一热心公益,为社区和社会做了不少事情,但他本人是个谦退低调的人。他退休前我张罗想给他搞华人同事例行的欢送聚餐,但他不想张扬所以就拒绝了,最后是大家联合赠送他退休致贺卡和礼品卡了事。

化一也是我朋友。回想与化一相处的日子,有很多温馨的记忆。还记得他搬新家后,带大家坐他顺便买下的原屋主的船在海上兜风时丽日蓝天、海风劲吹的情景。还记得才几岁的犬子不知轻重跳进他家泳池里水没头顶,我情急之下不及脱衣就跳下去把他捞上来,事后化一给我找来自己衣服换上的事情。还记得他提起当时还在读初中的女儿独自远赴日本参加夏令营时掩饰不住的骄傲神情,和对儿子练达灵活的欣赏。

《诗经·小雅·鼓钟》篇有言,“淑人君子,怀允不忘”,我想这是很多与化一交往过的人的共同感受。

化一,一路走好。

                                                                                                黄晓东  2021.03.13 写于长岛

有缘千里来相会

Shared by Junyi Liu on March 13, 2021
1986年是我人生的又一个转折点,我被Virginia Tech建筑系录取了。我怀着兴奋且忐忑的心情从上海飞往美国。抵达Roanoke机场时,我以为是一个叫周晨的来接我,可来的是化一。我还记得他迎上我,“屠军艺吧?周晨临时有事,让我来接你...”。当时竟然没一丝警觉意识,就屁颠儿屁颠儿地跟着化一走了。一路上化一和我是以问答式在“聊天”,自然是我问他答, 最重要的信息是他也是上海人...倍感亲切...虽然他不说上海话。到了Blacksburg, 化一的车停在一个townhouse前面,第二个迎我帮我卸行李的是壮一。他的第一句话是“又来了个上海人”,  是用上海话说的, “总算有个会说上海话的...“。
化一是我到美国认识的第一位校友,还是第一位请我吃汉堡包的校友, Burger King 的 WhopJunior, 生平第一次。当时受不了pickle的味道,而且也不懂吃汉堡包时的拿法,夹在面包里的菜和酱汁一个劲地往外掉,吃相十分狼狈。
那时的化一给我的印象是属于“军师”类的, 平时不怎么开口参与聊天, 不象周晨滔滔不绝,我还真有点“怕”他,很少主动搭讪,觉得他太冷, 面部表情很少,用现在的话算是耍“酷”。后来有一件事改变了我对化一的印象,他应该说是个外冷内热的人,用现在的话叫“闷骚”。
那是一个event, 我们圈里的人都动起来了,为周晨和小谢准备婚礼。也不知是谁出的主意,要我和化一在他们的婚礼上跳双人舞, 结果选跳“音乐之声”中男女主人公跳的那个。记得我们反反复复看那段录像,一段一段地琢磨练习, 花了不少时间呢,最终还真是照猫画虎地搞出了个模仿秀, 在周晨和小谢的婚礼上出彩了一把。学生时代的记忆总是那么的美好...
在茫茫人海中,我结识了化一,这是缘分,这种缘分滋润了我们两家的友情直到他的最后时刻。化一虽离开了我们,但我知道,会永远出现在我们的聚会里...

庐州回首40秋 - 追忆张化一的科大岁月

Shared by Eric Liu on March 12, 2021
在春回大地的1978年3月的合肥,9号是个特殊的日子 - 科大77级报到的最后一天,从那一天起,来自全国各地的95位莘莘学子开始了科大774的学习生涯。从此大家的人生道路,由于这段共同的校园生涯,而产生了交集。整整43年后的2021年3月9号,有10个往日的同学 (汪洋,刘刚,李明祥,邓要兵,林建成,方渡飞,许非,何堤,吴士明 和 刘欢)相聚在Zoom 视屏会议上。 因为24小时之前,他们的科大老同学, 张化一,经过与疾病数年抗争,已经进入弥留状态。大家聚在一起为化一祈祷,希望奇迹出现。同时回忆一下40年前化一在科大校园上留下的点点滴滴。

当时化一给同学们的印象是有思想,有见地, 有阅历,有哲理。话不多。但对于熟识的同学或朋友,尤其是在探讨人生,憧憬未来,文学经典等方面,他却能够侃侃而谈,表达自己的观点和见地。他心态沉稳,遇事淡定。有一个例子可以说明。林建成方渡飞还记得1979年夏的一天, 下午4点江苏溧阳发生了地震, 合肥有震感。所以大家有点紧张。晚上不知谁喊了一声地震了, 大家一起从宿舍往外跑。刘亚东还把脚都割破了。但是大家回去一看, 化一还在床上睡着。

舞台剧 -《半夜鸡叫》

化一的自学能力很强, 很多东西自学的。比如英语。通过入校摸底考试,他是当时系里允许免修英语的两位学生之一。他用他的英语优势自编自导了一个英语舞台剧 - 半夜鸡叫。(演员表: 许非-高玉宝,汪洋-长工1,徐纪华-长工2,肖持进-周扒皮,郑家林-地主婆)这个节目代表4系参加了全校文艺表演。方渡飞,作为专业编剧二代,对化一改编的英语剧本高度赞扬。(不知道上述演员能否披挂上阵,再演一场, 作为对化一对那段时光的缅怀)除了编导舞台剧,化一还组团了一个男生四重唱。经常表演“河里的青蛙”等曲目。(演员表:张化一, 刘刚, 苏环宇, 康向东,手风琴伴奏 何堤)

情感专家, 爱情顾问

774女同学们对他的印象是整天文质彬彬笑眯眯地迈着外八字的步伐。跟女生并不多话。可是从科大开始,他逐渐发展出情感问题的咨询能力。虽然那年科大学生总体年轻,化一进校的时候, 在班上属于年长的。由于他的思想和阅历,处于青葱年代的别人当遇到感情困扰时(主要指爱情)常常会去找化一释疑。每每遇到这种情况, 化一总会认真帮忙分析,解决。发挥一个老大哥的作用。由于当时科大男女比例失调,为了更好的给大家提供一些机会, 化一通过他姐姐的朋友,(当时在毗邻的安徽大学外语系上学),亲自组织了好几场安大外语系和774的联谊舞会并后续活动。通过这些活动,成功的促成了两校同学的友谊,至少有一对爱人成了终身伴侣 (吴伟康-万小明)。作为这方面的专家顾问, 化一很有自信。有时不用见人也行。刘刚出国前在云南谈了个女朋友,就是下不了决心。专门找化一分析分析。基于什么呢?就基于刘刚的口述,对方的回信和照片。经过分析,结论是绝对错不了,赶紧下决心追。四十年过去了,他们夫妻琴瑟和谐,恩爱如初。后来出国几年以后,刘欢跟他一起回去他读研的学校度周末,还见到他情感咨询,热心帮助他的同学。

学习

化一进校之前,自学了很多东西。起点比较高。但他并不是只顾课本对分数看的很重的那种学生。邓要兵至今记得化一在一次讲演中说到爱因斯坦的小提琴比他的物理好。李明祥记得有一次微积分开始复习时,他请化一给他解答一道题。化一给他仔细教会。考试时, 果然有这么个题,李明祥幸运答对。可后来发现化一自己反而失误。遇到这种情况, 化一一笑置之,只要他帮助的人答对了他就高兴。在大学上了三年以后,化一提前考取了留学的两个名额之一。成了同学们膜拜的榜样。


心系科大,爱心助学

虽然化一生于上海的一个高干家庭,但是他在平日生活中完全没有表现任何的优越感。相反,他特别想帮助贫困学生。化一是当时科大海外校友基金会发起及最大捐资人之一, 也是1997年11月发起的科大“爱心行动”捐款最多的校友。据科大海外校友基金会(USTCAF)曾经的会长张上游(771)说早在89年张化一就想给科大贫困生捐款了,那时还没有一个合适的渠道。92年他知道有USTCAF这个组织了,就打电话给张上游,问能否为科大学弟学妹做这件事。95年刘冬子负责AF工作,化一也给刘冬子打电话表达捐款意愿,并如愿地数次为科大母校慷慨捐赠。

那个年代

八十年代是一个特殊的年代。是个思想大解放大变化的年代。青年大多充满了对未来的憧憬, 对远方,对外部世界,的向往。

刘刚出国前最后一晚到化一上海的家做客,化一推荐给他一本他一个朋友写的手抄本小说。书名 《城市之光》。 说的是几个城市青年开车到某个乡下,车坏了。他们被困到乡下呆了一天。通过他们的一些行为, 比如穿泳衣池塘里游泳,在保守封闭的乡下引起了极大的文化冲击!在村里年轻人心里播下了骚动的种子。城市青年见识了乡下的保守思想的落后。书的结尾,车修好了, 城市青年的车沿着公路渐渐开远了,消失在车轮扬起的尘雾中。这条路通向县城, 县城又有更大的路通向省城,省城还有更大更宽的路通向首都,首都又有无数公路,铁路,和飞机通向世界更大更多的城市..... 小说结尾的这段话使他们印象深刻,正好反映了他们即将出国,走向世界更多更大的城市时的心情。


尾声

大家你一言我一语,将近两个小时很快就过去了。带着对化一的祝福和祈祷, 大家各自休息。但他们当时并不知道,等待他们的将是第二天一早的噩耗。2021年3月10号,伴随着第一缕晨曦,在化一第一次踏入合肥中科大的大门的43年零一天以后,他的心脏永远停止了跳动。R. I. P.

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