Dr. Jianming Li passed away on June 12 at the age of 58 in his home in Eagan, MN. Deeply loved by his family and highly respected by his friends and colleagues, Dr. Li lived life to the fullest with compassion for everyone around him, dedication to his career, and an infectious curiosity for the world. 

Born on September 24, 1962 in Jilin, China, Dr. Li graduated from Nanjing University with a B.S. degree in biochemistry in 1982. The following year, as one of the sixty students selected for a US-China CUSBEA Exchange Program, he went to the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center to study biochemistry and received his Ph.D. in 1988. After earning his M.D. from McGill University in 1995, Dr. Li finished his internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and returned to the University of Texas, Southwestern on a cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship. In 2002, Dr. Li joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Department of Cardiology at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Li was the Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at VAMC and Professor of Medicine at the U of M. 

Dr. Li received many professional accolades over his two-decade-long medical career,  including the “Outstanding Contribution Award” (2013) from Chinese Heart Rhythm Society; the “American Heart Association Hero Award” (2013) for his outstanding contribution to cardiovascular care and research;  and the “Teacher of the Year Award” (2014) in Cardiovascular Medicine at the U of M. He was also past president of the Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians and Chinese American Heart Association. 

Dr. Li whole-heartedly embraced the simplest moments in life with childlike wonder and deep appreciation. He loved biking and taking adventurous road trips with his family, a tradition started when he met his wife in Montreal. Dr. Li also enjoyed travelling, taking pictures, and learning about anything and everything. A food enthusiast, he relished the meals thoughtfully prepared by his wife and the baked goods with which his daughters experimented.

We will miss Dr. Li’s youthful energy, loving presence, and keen eye for beauty, all of which lifted the spirits of everyone around him. Our loving memories of Dr. Li and the legacy he left behind will inspire us to work together to make the world a better place.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on August 1, 2020
Posted by Greg Olsovsky on July 13, 2020
Full of joy. Three words that best describe Jimmy. I had the honor of being his fellow from 2006-2007. The comments on this website speak volumes to how many he impacted, me being one of them. I could not have asked for a better mentor or role model. He always maintained a pleasant mood no matter the situation, he cared deeply for his patients, and his passion for teaching and learning was contagious. I will never forget how he would boast of his family during cases, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.
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Posted by Delin Qu on July 3, 2020
JM’s 3 warnings

Nowadays, social media overwhelmed the usual friends talking. Two years ago, JM and I caught up at the repast of a prominent neurology pioneer. As we are in different professions, medical versus legal, it is always interesting to learn from the other, particularly with good advice.

We played volleyball as one team many years ago, JM advised me to refrain from eating eggs. That day I told JM that I would have no more than 6 eggs over-easy for breakfast when I traveled abroad. JM laughed and laughed and kindly warned me again.

Before that, we had not met for several years since I joined the New York firm. I told JM admiralty stories about ransom negotiations and compared Somali amateurs to Malaysia professionals, two areas where pirates still exist. When JM heard I would routinely stop in three continents over the course of 48 hours, he seriously warned me on the jet lag disorder to which I would still try to cope with, if not the COVID-19 thing.

JM’s 3rd warning came when he learned that I was assisting foreign companies in dealing with US’ unsettled SEC regulations on Cryptocurrency, JM warned me not to gamble on such, and I assured him that I would absolutely not to but legal service only.

I always consider JM a gentleman and a decent friend with style. The day I heard JM left, I was awake all night, scared, missing, and remembering him. 

Hey, JM.
Posted by Pradeep Mammen on June 30, 2020
To Jimmy Li's Family,
My name is Pradeep Mammen. Jimmy and I were cardiology fellows together at UT Southwestern. First of all, on behalf of Anna (my wife) and our 2 children, we want to express our great sadness on hearing the news of Jimmy's death. Know that Jimmy was loved by many as is truly evident by the many awesome tributes to Jimmy's beautiful life on this website. I have very fond memories of Jimmy and we shared many experiences together as fellows. Jimmy truly cared for his fellow man and had a huge heart. Above all, Jimmy was a great and humble gentlemen. Although over the years we lost touch we did occasionally meet up at AHA meetings as we both pursued our individuals careers .... Jimmy at UM and me at UT Southwestern. Although we all mourn of Jimmy's early departure from this world, know that Jimmy will always be looking down upon you all. He is truly a Blessed man who loved his family more than anything. I know Jimmy is in heaven and will watch over the three of you as you move forward in life. We all will miss Jimmy but I know God will take good care of his soul and all of you! I have always said that in the end God always takes care of good people. Jimmy was truly one of those "good people" in this world. May God always watch over each of you and your family. God Bless. With much love and many fond memories. The Mammen Family (Rachel, Jacob, Anna and Pradeep). Dallas, Texas June 30 2020.
Posted by Yingying Li on June 30, 2020
Posted by Aaron Ho on June 28, 2020
As one of the many cardiology fellows he has trained, I learned a great deal from him-- above all, I learned from how he modeled a tireless work ethic and practiced medicine with true kindness. He leaves a great legacy from all of his hard work and sacrifices. 
Posted by Delin Qu on June 22, 2020

delin qu
Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 10:46 PM
革命尚未成功, 同志必须努力。

On Monday, December 30, 2019, 10:11:20 PM CST, Jimmy wrote:


Sent from my iPhone
Posted by Michael Bui on June 21, 2020
I was incredibly fortunate to have worked with, and have gotten to know Dr. LI. He treated me as family and over the years I came to see him as a teacher, mentor, father figure, and friend. He was incredibly kind, generous, and had an infectious laugh. He always believed in me, even when I didn't. Thank you for everything. May you rest in peace. 
Posted by Delin Qu on June 21, 2020
人看相, 剑明兄弟相好且善,难得。
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- 逸寬遙寄哀思羈與達城
Posted by Anu Gupta on June 19, 2020
Though I am heavy with sadness, I am honored and fortunate to have met and worked with Dr. Li during his last days with us. Maya Angelou says, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” No better words can express who Dr. Li was because of his generous spirit. In the last days, we spent together, not only did he share the beauty of his family with me the stories about his wife and daughters, we shared stories about favorite Netflix series, recent health goals, Montreal beauty, his experience at med school, the trees he had planted, amusing antics by his cat, and about his orchids. I gained a type of friendship with him which otherwise takes many years to cultivate. His passion for life was contagious. His altruistic nature wasn't just evident in the way he made everyone feel included, but extended to his work as well. He had an equal commitment to patients as he did to his colleagues elevating all who crossed paths with him. Because of him, my life is richer today. There will be a void at the workplace as well as amongst friends and family. He will be missed immensely. Our prayers and strength for the family!!!!

Posted by Annette LAWTON on June 19, 2020
Dr. Li was a kind, gentle soul. I learned so much from him over the years. He was such a great teacher and friend. The thing I will remember him for most is the love he had for his family. They meant everything to him. With as much as he did for the EP community and cardiology community he remained very humble and dedicated. But, again, it was family that was always in his heart. He is greatly missed and hearts are broken.  My most sincere sympathy to his beloved wife and daughters.
Posted by Rajat Jhanjee on June 19, 2020
My name is Rajat Jhanjee. I graduated from the University of Minnesota EP program in 2011.
I want to take this opportunity to remember my mentor, my Professor, Dr. Li.

I am extremely saddened by his untimely departure. Even though I only saw him one time since my graduation from University of Minnesota EP fellowship in 2011, his loss has left me a very heavy feeling in my heart which is lingering on.

Dr. Li was not only a great Electrophysiologist but was also a great teacher and a good human being. I want to share some of my fond memories of him.
During my initial few days of fellowship training, I was observing a catheter ablation case. He gently asked me if I understood concealed entrainment. I shook my head. Then, instead of making fun of me, he explained me the concept patiently. He treated me like an elder brother and that made me very comfortable.
EP studies with Dr. Li were always very interesting. He would talk about many different things. Aside from the actual EP study, he would give his views on social issues, political issues, talk about his family, his likes, his dislikes, his frustrations. He would pour his heart out. So, we got to know him very well. As one example, I remember talking about how he used to enjoy taking his daughters out for biking and vacationing with his family. 
Every EP study would be filled with his infectious laughter that would begin slowly and then pick up. It would be easy to hear Dr. Li’s laughter even when you were not inside the EP lab. I will miss his laughter.
Another memory that I have of Dr. Li was that after one of my Friday morning presentations, he told me that he learnt something new from my presentation. This meant a lot to me and increased my confidence. It also signified to me that Dr. Li was a very humble person to have said that to me.

I still discuss some of Dr. Li’s techniques in EP lab in the hospital where I work. One example is the famous  ‘Jimmy curve’ used to curve the stylet while placing a RV lead. 
Dr. Li once told us that when he was in school in China, there was a fire in his house. However, he was so busy studying that he didn’t notice the fire and kept on studying. His mother had to pull him out of the house. My children have heard this story many times as an example of what being studious means. I have also shared this story with my staff in the EP lab.
I also saw Dr. Li during stressful times, when things would not turn out as expected in the EP lab. I saw how he picked himself up next day and kept on working. This memory still gives me strength when this don’t go as expected in the EP lab for me.
Most importantly, I remember Dr. Li for being kind to me and treating me like a family member during my fellowship.
Dr. Li, I will miss you and I hope that be a good human being like you. RIP...

Rajat Jhanjee
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 18, 2020


李剑英 于中国吉林 
Posted by Yi You on June 18, 2020
惊悉李建明医生仙逝噩耗,让人难以置信。他从来是那么平易近人,谦虚热情。他是明州华人医生协会的第三任会长,他一直热心为社区服务,在他任会长及以后的岁月里,他来华夏之家为华人社会服务中心的老人们做过很多次医学讲座, 耐心地为老人们解答问题,也多次义务为老人们及新移民们打感冒等预防针。他为社区服务从来都是热心帮忙,不厌其烦,他的离去真正是明州的巨大损失。我们将永远怀念他。祝愿李医生在天家安息!愿家里人节哀顺变,向家里人表示深切哀痛和问候。
Posted by Melody Zhou on June 17, 2020
From: 明州国际中文学校


感怀李教授去年11月来我校做急救常识讲座,谦逊和蔼,谆谆教导,深获家长和社区的敬仰和爱戴。昨日笑貌音容,今日尚历历在目!然斯人骤远,社区痛失英才,亲朋刻骨难抒,真可谓山河同悲, 日月同泣!



2020 年 6 月 17 日
Posted by Steve Martin on June 17, 2020
Jimmy, we will miss you more than you'll ever know! It has been my honor to work with you in serving Veterans, it didn't feel like work since your demeanor brought joy to the everyday routines of life. 
 - Among my work colleagues, we called you "The Ambassador" because you had the ability to bring people together. I try to emulate this skill, but for you it was natural.
 - I remember your voice calling "we are heroes" when we reached the top of a rugged portion of the Great Wall. During your life you were a hero to many people.

God bless, may your sweet soul rest in peace.
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励强,June 17, 2020
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Posted by Niyada Naksuk on June 16, 2020
I was grateful to get to know Dr. Li. He was a very kind, knowledgeable and humble cardiac electrophysiologist and teacher. Dr. Li would always find time to teach and discuss with trainees. Last visit at the Minneapolis VAMC over a year ago, he gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel home. We spent almost 2 hours discussing about our ongoing research projects and I remembered his energetic manners. My deepest condolences to Dr. Li ‘s family. Dr. Li, you will be solely and forever missed. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Julie Wang on June 16, 2020
Anyone who has ever met Jimmy will remember his smile. He’s got such a cheerful soul and a lovely wife who you could tell is the love of his life. My husband and I had the pleasure meeting the couple through a mutual friend. Our lunch together at MoA was so pleasant and memorable because of their warm hospitality.
I can’t imagine how much pain his family is going through right now for losing such a loving husband and dad. Best wishes for Min and the girls.
Posted by Debra Condon on June 16, 2020
My deepest condolences to Dr. Li's wife and family in this time of sorrow. Dr. Li was a very kind, humble, and compassionate health care provider and mentor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Rajat Kalra on June 15, 2020
I first got to know Dr. Li as one of the hundreds of cardiology Fellows that he trained while he was faculty at the Minneapolis VA. An outstanding general Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, it seemed to me that Dr. Li’s clinical abilities were only surpassed by his ability to connect with his patients, juniors, and colleagues through his happy-go-lucky nature and his unforgettable laugh – an unrestrained expression of joy of his own that always brought joy to those around him.

One lasting memory of Dr. Li that is seared in my mind is the manner in which he described his rationale for working at the Minneapolis VA. After finding out that Dr. Li had trained in Parkland, I could not help but wonder why Dr. Li had left Dallas winters for Minnesota winters. Before I asked, Dr. Li went on to describe that working for the VA fulfilled an immense sense of social responsibility for him. He felt this strong sense of responsibility to America’s Veterans, the United States of America, and, above all, to the ideal of providing unrestricted, high-quality patient care to all who came to seek it. Such was his dedication to his craft and his ideals. This left an indelible impression on me in the first few months of my cardiology fellowship.

Dr. Li, we will very, very sorely miss you. While it is difficult to accept your loss, I am immensely grateful for the time that I did spend with you. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Suzy Liu on June 15, 2020
2009年五月底接到一个不认识的电话。 对方介绍:自己叫 Jimmy;说看了我申请电生理fellow的资料想邀请我去明大面试。 我谢了他,告诉他我已经接受了其他地方录取。 剑明还是凭着三寸不烂之舌把我说得Minniapolis 走了一遭。虽然我们错过了师生情,但是不耽误在之后的11年里愈来愈深的友谊:我们不仅是同行,还成为非常合得来的好朋友。 He had lived his life to the fullest. Rest in peace! 
Posted by Wobo Bekwelem on June 15, 2020
Dr. Li will be sorely missed. I’ll never forget the many lessons I learnt from him as his fellow. Incredibly smart, kind and always willing to help. With his departure, the world has lost a little bit of light. Rest In Peace Jimmy!
Posted by Mario Bradley on June 15, 2020
I am so happy that I got to see Dr. Li again recently and I will never forget that interaction. Like always, Dr. Li was welcoming, joyful and gave an enthusiastic hand shake. This particular conversation was especially meaningful as I shared the news of the birth of my child and he was so excited that my wife and I had a daughter. He was such a proud "girl dad" and told me how much I will love watching her grow as he has with his daughters. Wisely, he cautioned me how fast time goes as he looked at my photos of her at just five months old. We also reminisced about some memories of the past years that I was amazed he remembered. I will always have tremendous respect and appreciation for Dr. Li's kindness and feel very fortunate to have known him. My sincerest and deepest condolences to Jianming's family. His passing was much too soon, but may he rest in peace.
Posted by Delin Qu on June 15, 2020
Celebrating JM's Life in Loving Memory!

老朋友突然离去,我彻夜难眠,记得一起打排球时他的团队精神, 记得一起聚会时他的真知灼见,记得劝我不要早餐吃六个嫩煎蛋,更记得2009年金秋,剑明兄弟为新书出版在上海书城座谈和签字,我当时正好在上海出差,赶到书城会议室,难得尽一把已经不是地主的地主之谊,为剑明兄弟助兴。 唉,就这样离开了?
Posted by Alan Berger on June 15, 2020
I got to know Jian Ming during our travels to the Chinese cardiology conferences with Fei Lu. He was a positive spirit, always seeing the good in people. He was an inspiration to the cardiology fellows and had a passion for educations. He was loved by many and will truly be missed. My supportive thoughts go to him and those he left behind.
Posted by Gary Wang on June 15, 2020
惊悉剑明不幸离世,非常难过。他是我两个好朋友的好朋友。虽然我以前没有见过他,但经常听到朋友提起他的聪明才智和热情为人,很想有日相见。今年元月五日有幸在洛杉矶会面,仿似如故。他自信的谈吐和爽朗的笑声至今历历在目。本想有日再见,没想到...... 安息吧!

I was very sad to learn that Jian Ming had passed away unexpectedly. He was a good friend of my two good friends. Although I hadn’t seen him before, I often heard friends mentioning his ingenuity and enthusiasm, and I really wanted to meet him. We were fortunate to meet in Los Angeles on January 5th of this year, as if I knew him all along. I have vividly remembered his confident talk and hearty laughter. I thought I would meet you again, but ... Rest in peace, my friend!
Posted by Kevin Song on June 15, 2020
Dr. Li was my very first attending in residency. He was a brilliant, humble and compassionate mentor. His jovial personality was infectious. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by Asrar Khan on June 15, 2020
I got to know Dr. Li very well since January, as I'm his clinic fellow and worked with him every week. He was a good man, a joyous man, and a humble man. One of my last interactions with him I will never forget. We saw an energetic and full of life elderly patient, and I said off hand "don't we all wish we could be like him when we're old." Dr. Li, forever the insightful and profound person, replied "True, but don't we all wish we could get a chance to grow old at all." I was honored to work with him, he was an outstanding teacher, and I express my utmost condolences to his wonderful family.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 世界华人医师协会

我们无比感谢他对祖国和华人医师事业的热爱和贡献!深切缅怀他对医学特别是专科领域做出的的杰出成就!望李教授亲属 节哀顺变。

会长 张雁灵
2020 年 6 月 14 日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 南方国际心血管病会议会务组

惊闻李剑明教授于 2020 年 6 月 12 日突然离世,国内同仁悲痛万分,无不深感惋惜,恨天 妒英才。谨以此向李剑明教授的离世表示沉痛哀悼,并向其亲属表示亲切慰问。
李剑明教授虽身在美国,却在时刻支持着祖国医学事业的发展,为中国的起搏电生理事业发 展大力培养人才,传授知识,与国内同仁探究前沿学术发展。多年来,李教授不辞辛劳,频 繁往返于美国和大陆,支持各项学术活动的开展,不仅带来其个人的最新研究成果,更为年 轻医生和学者树立了榜样,每一位同仁将铭记其治学严谨,科研求精,诲人不倦的精神。每 年南方国际心血管学术会议上为青年医生举办的基础电生理培训班给年轻医生学习规范的电生理研究过程打造了十分优秀的平台。
2020 年 6 月 14 日
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 中国生物医学工程学会心律分会

2020 年 06 月 13 日
Posted by Maria Anderson on June 15, 2020
When I stopped by his office for advice, he made me tea and had me sit to talk. When we did procedures together, I learned a great deal from him, but he always asked my opinion. He was always excited about an interesting teaching point. Every conversation with him was interesting. He laughed so joyfully and easily, you couldn't help but feel happy.
Posted by Sasha Prisco on June 15, 2020
I am deeply saddened by Dr. Li's passing. He was my staff attending every month that I was on the inpatient cardiology service at the VA as a resident and fellow. He was a great teacher and clinician. He was always very kind to the trainees, staff, and patients. I will miss him. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Posted by Scott Sakaguchi on June 15, 2020
Jimmy was an incredible colleague and friend. He brought boundless energy to everything he did. From the "top" he was the force that allowed us to expand our training program, and "in the trenches" he was a dedicated one-on-one teacher that all appreciated and motivated some to pursue electrophysiology as a career. Most of all, we will miss his infectious enthusiasm and endless smile. It was always a joy to be in his presence. Our deepest condolences to his family from ours.
Posted by David Benditt (Cell Email... on June 15, 2020
Jimmy was an amazing friend and colleague to so many; a great leader, educator, and bridge-builder. He was a thoughtful kind clinician. and an innovative academic. Jimmy was always challenging current knowledge and assumptions, but ever polite and respectful of others.
Jimmy could be counted upon to do the heavy lifting whether it be with developing new worldwide relationships, enhancing educational opportunities, or undertaking research. He was there to help whenever and wherever needed.
We will always remember his perpetual smile and wonderful sense of humor; neither ever failed to light up the room.
A lovely man gone much too soon.
We will miss Jimmy dearly.
David B.
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: Chinese American Heart Association

Dear CNAHA members and friends: 
We are all extremely saddened that our beloved friend and former CNAHA president, Dr. Jianming Li, passed away on June 12th, 2020 from illness.  Our deepest sympathies to his wife, who has lost a loving husband, and his two daughters who have lost an amazing father.  CNAHA has lost a great leader and mentor and we have all lost a dear friend.
Dr. Li is an accomplished and internationally respected cardiologist and electrophysiologist.  He devoted his life to patient care, education, and public awareness of cardiovascular diseases.  With his kind and warm heart, clear vision, firm commitment, strong leadership skills and tireless effort, he made a tremendous impact on so many people. For CNAHA members, Dr. Li was the backbone of our organization. As the third president of CNAHA, his leadership helped navigate our organization through unique challenges, steering us to the strong position that we are in now.  He made constant efforts to promote the development of CNAHA, and oversaw collaborations between CNAHA and many large professional societies (such as the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, and American Society of Echocardiography).  
Dr. Li was instrumental in CNAHA’s scientific communications with various Chinese cardiovascular societies.  His substantial contributions in educating Chinese physicians and promoting cardiovascular health for Chinese people are and will continue to be recognized and appreciated, as evidenced by the condolences that have been pouring in over the past two days. 
Dr. Li is a dear friend, and has been a role model for me personally, as well as for many of our members.  While our time with him may seem brief, his impact on us will be forever lasting. He will always live on in our memory! 

Zijian Xu, MD, PhD, FACC
Chinese American Heart Association
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 中国医师协会心力衰竭专业委员会


Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
    追忆往事,历历在目。高考恢复后,剑明从吉林来到南京,和我们共组南大78生化班。这是一个特殊年代的特殊群体,而劍明是这群体中最突出的一员;这是一个拼搏年代的拼博群体,而劍明是其中最勤奋的一员;这是一个创新年代的创新群体,而劍明是其中最有独立见地的一员。4年的同窗生活中,我们记住了他起床号前已在锻练的身影,我们记住了他息灯后仍在学习的情景。我们记住了他对师長的敬重,我们记住了他对学友的友善,我们更记住了他的小号声,那么淸淅,暸亮,就象他的为人,而这些,随着他的离去,变成了永恒.... 其思之深,见之远,仁之厚,一切一切仿如昨天,怎不感念畴昔。僅于此表达全班学友的哀伤,愿剑明一路走好。
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
From: 浙江省医学会心血管病学分会

我们谨向贵协会并通过贵协会向李剑明教授的家属表示沉痛悼念和诚挚慰问!恳切希望李剑明教授的家属节哀顺变,保重身体!                   王建安代表
Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
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Posted by Rongqing Tu on June 15, 2020
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Full of joy. Three words that best describe Jimmy. I had the honor of being his fellow from 2006-2007. The comments on this website speak volumes to how many he impacted, me being one of them. I could not have asked for a better mentor or role model. He always maintained a pleasant mood no matter the situation, he cared deeply for his patients, and his passion for teaching and learning was contagious. I will never forget how he would boast of his family during cases, and my deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.
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Timmy Tu 

When I was six years old, my family moved from Milwaukee to Eagan. We didn’t know anyone in the community until one summer evening when we met the Li family on the tennis courts near Eagan High School. It seems almost surreal that this happened a decade ago, but the memories are still vivid. That encounter marked the beginning of the friendship between our two families. 

The dinner parties at Hu Min Ayi and Li Shu Shu’s house will always be the favorite part of my childhood memory. My sister and I have always thought of the Li house as the hub of the Chinese community, with Li Shu Shu sitting at the head of the table entertaining guests with his jokes and Hu Min Ayi’s delicious food. As I ran in and out to play in the backyard or climb up and down the basement stairs to grab a treat on the main floor, I often felt bewildered by how a gathering with swarms of people could be executed so harmoniously. Always busy in the kitchen, Hu Min Ayi never forgot to ask me if I had tried this or that. My wandering presence in the kitchen often inspired her to put more treats out for the kids to enjoy.  When the other Chinese dads were trying to assert their dominance at the table, whether it was using unnecessary hand gestures, raising their voice, or sharing self-promoting anecdotes, Li Shu Shu would often speak with a big smile on his face. His words were passionate, but his voice was respectful and placid—a voice few people could replicate.  

Throughout these years, I realize no family could have been a better example for the model family other  than the Li family, with a warm mother, a doting father, and happy, loving, carefree children. Hu Min Ayi is the heart and soul of the family. For me and my sister, she has also been like a second mom —the calmer, cooler, and classier mom. 

Li Shu Shu taught me that life's simplest pleasures could bring so much happiness, even if it was a baked potato. A couple of summers ago, Hu Min Ayi put on a farewell party for Minne’s family before they went back to Beijing. I was in the kitchen nibbling on some treats when Li Shu Shu burst into the house from the backyard, holding a tray of potatoes he had buried in the small campfire. With an ear-to-ear grin, he urged me to pick up one, “Go try it, zhen hao chi!” Before I decided what to do, he shoved one into my hands. Never had I seen anyone so excited about something as rudimentary as a baked potato. The taste of the campfire-baked potato I no longer remember, but Li Shu Shu’s excited voice and expectant looks on his face will forever be etched into my heart and mind.

Throughout my younger years, subconsciously I wanted to impress Li Shushu, whether it was with my school projects, cooking, or just by attempting to be mature. Last summer when I talked to him about the computer refurbishing project that I had just started with a bunch of high school students, including Lori, he said, “zhen hao ya!” I grew up hearing these words from him, no matter how small my project was, how unsavory my food actually tasted, and how miniscule my progress looked. These will forever be the words by which I will remember him.

Many times, I have thought about where I should go for college, what I want to major in, and what I want to do with my life. My mom always tells me it doesn’t matter what I do in the future as long as I enjoy what I do and can have a positive influence on society. However, she keeps on proposing the same idea over and over again. As a daughter of an OBGYN, she also wants me to become a doctor, while emphasizing how many people seem to go into this field for ulterior purposes. I have met many young people saying they want to go into the field of medicine; however, their reasons many times are motivated by fiscal benefits. I always heard my mother say, “once you're older, you can ask Li Shu Shu for help.” Every time Li Shu Shu talked about his work, he spoke about it with a genuine voice and a caring manner that seemed preciously rare. It feels very superficial to be determined from a young age to do medicine, but in case I do become a doctor, I want to be one like Li Shu Shu. Even though this might not happen because of my conflicting interests, I hope I can make a difference, as Li Shu Shu did, whether it is through my writing, cooking, or my non-profits.

When I was young, I was always a chubby boy, so my mom had a hard time finding formal clothes for my concerts. Hu Min Ayi had a quick fix. She dug into Li Shu Shu’s closet and found things that I could wear. At the funeral, I wore a dress shirt from Li Shu Shu, a shirt I had outgrown since last year. It felt very small and tight for the whole day, but it was the only shirt I wanted to wear as Li Shu Shu’s pallbearer. 

Like Li Shu Shu, I am also a foodie. Cooking has been my passion since I was eight, and Hu Min Ayi has been the most enthusiastic supporter of my interests, always getting me cooking gadgets and ingredients my mom didn’t have time to hunt for me. Knowing Li Shu Shu was at home and would taste my food, I always put extra effort into my cooking to impress him. My parents saw Li Shu Shu on his last bike ride with Lori and Stephnie in our neighborhood park. “Tell Timmy a big thank you for all the food he has been making for us.” Li Shu Shu said before he rode away. “Zhen hao chi!” When I bring food over for Hu Min Ayi in the future, I know Li Shu Shu would look down upon me and say, “zhen hao chi,” in the same enthusiastic, affectionate voice I first heard years ago, at the door steps of their house, when he patted me on my chubby round head styling a super short buzz cut. 

There are many things that will remind me of Li Shu Shu, but having regrets will not be on that list. Giving his all to everything he did, Li Shu Shu worked hard, loved his family whole-heartedly, cared for other people passionately, and enjoyed life to the fullest. My young life has been blessed with many precious memories of Li Shu Shu, and I will continue to impress him by doing the best I can for myself and the world. 


Shared by Rong Cui on June 21, 2020
  • 当听到剑明去世的噩耗, 我不相信这消息是真的, 上网查征后, 我的脑袋里一片空白, 这样一位对生活充满活力的人, 怎么会匆匆离开我们?!  今天在他的追悼会上, 对着屏幕里他的笑脸, 我泪流满面, 深深地怀念我这位有着三十年友情的好友。

我和剑明相识于三十年前的蒙特利尔, 那时的他就非常博学, 健谈, 朋友们常常去他那里聚餐。 后来剑明遇到了胡敏, 在胡敏的张罗下, 我们的聚会越来越多, 那真是一段快乐的时光。

之后,朋友们天南海北的分离,渐渐地失去了联系,而我们却能在每次搬迁后及时地联系上, 从贴邮票写信, 到如今的微信, 我们不时地分享着各自家庭的快乐, 还有孩子们的成长。

记得三年前,剑明带大女儿来多伦多, 我们一起游故地, 忆过去, 像家人团聚一样好开心; 今年剑明应该带小女儿再来多伦多, 我还在悉心准备等疫情解禁后, 迎接他们全家的到来, 而今他却再也不能......

我很早知道, 剑明聪慧过人, 十六岁上大学, 之后又拿下两个博士学位; 现在我又知道, 他在他的专业领域, 有着不可磨灭的贡献。 他的离去, 实在令人惋惜和痛心!

剑明, 我们怀念你!天堂路上, 一路走好!

崔嵘   顾承
Shared by Rongqing Tu on June 19, 2020
安贞林运 爱宝贝爱自己 


被大家尊敬地叫着李剑明教授的Jimmy Li是我的老师,我在明州学习的时候是影子一样跟着剑明老师的,而我也是剑明老师亲自带的第一个相对长期的中国学生。不过在我心里剑明老师和胡敏师母更是我的家人,所以几天前(北京时间2020.6.13)的清晨当我一睁眼看到剑明老师猝然辞世的消息,我是绝不相信的,我甚至有些愤怒是谁在拿剑明老师开这种玩笑。我太了解剑明老师了,他永远充满活力,永远微笑向前,他不会就这么走了的。但是当我看到所有的群里李老师的照片都被换成了黑白颜色,下面还用那样的格式写着年份,我开始不淡定了。我向明州的另外几个老师求证,得到的消息都是相同的:我的剑明老师于北美时间2020.6.12周五清晨被发现倒在家中的跑步机上,发现时他已经没有生命体征。

其实直到现在我也很拒绝接受剑明老师走了的这个事实,尽管我知道剑明老师在15年前因为心梗在前降支放过支架,是有可能出现心血管事件的高危人群。因为剑明老师跟我聊过,他对他的心血管病情况非常有把握,得病后他知道了怎么预防也对危险因素监测到位,他觉得他不会因为心血管事件而出意外,相反日渐严重的空气污染、X线辐射等等可能会让他减寿。我记得当时说这些话的时候我们俩一起听完明大每周五清晨7点的EP Conference往停车场走着。那时我对剑明老师的自信没有一点点怀疑,因为我在国内的时候已经看过剑明老师在得病后写的那本书《爱心启示录》,写的非常科学准确又通俗易懂,所以我觉得没有人比剑明老师更加有信心“愈后防复”了。我的朋友们猜测会不会是感染了新冠肺炎? 我马上否认了这个推测。剑明老师是我认识的最高明仔细的人,他绝不会让自己感染上,即使他工作在医院这样一个高危区。那么和明州最近的暴乱有没有关系?误伤了?也绝不可能! 剑明老师有超过常人的机智和警醒,他不仅不会让自己陷入危险而无谓牺牲,他还有足够的能力保护好身边的人。不过非常残酷的是即使我推翻了所有的猜测,几个小时后明州就传来了确证消息:剑明老师确实是因为心血管意外去世的。于是从那时到现在,我脑中几乎就是一片空白,白得就像明州的大雪,唯一能浮现出来的颜色就是剑明老师和我一起工作的那些日子。

这是剑明老师在VAMC的办公室3J-117,那时只要是工作日我每天都会进这间办公室讨论问题,有时我过去剑明老师会分给我吃胡敏师母给他带的装在小饭盒里的干果仁。办公室里的一面墙上挂着剑明老师所有的证书,基本上所有找剑明老师合影的人都会选中这面墙做背景。剑明老师去世后的第3天,3J-117门上贴满了剑明老师的照片,我记得这个小娃娃挂饰是剑明老师办公室里挂着的心爱之物。往日里剑明老师的3J-117总是人来人往,欢声笑语,现在这扇门关上了,VAMC的同事们在门外静静地怀念他们的Dr. Li.

我能拜到剑明老师门下仰仗的是我郭继鸿老师的推荐,当时郭老师很严肃地对我说:我知道你的亲人在华盛顿,但如果你想学点真东西,得去剑明那儿。郭老师认真地帮我写了推荐信,见信后剑明老师热情地回应了我。为了能让我向剑明老师有学术能力汇报的机会,郭老师特意安排我在大会上发言,剑明老师就是这个大会的执行主席。随后剑明老师安排了一顿晚饭,他请了三个人,除我以外,一个是他的美国同事Dr. Tholakanahalli(大家都叫他Dr.T),另一个是他中国的好朋友,剑明老师叫他梁大哥。剑明老师说让我给Dr.T当翻译,把我们的谈话内容翻译给梁大哥听。我一下子就明白了剑明老师的良苦用心,他请我们吃饭其实是要测试我的英文水平。剑明老师考学生也用心选择了这样一个非常委婉甚至很温情的方式来顾全我的感受。之后为我办理去美国进修的手续,剑明老师费了很多周折(剑明老师工作的退役军人医学中心不是一般的医院,没有招收国际学生的先例),但是他始终没有放弃。最后剑明老师从明大的国际学生处获得了邀请函,成功把我接到了美国,整个过程历时9个月。2013年的圣诞前夕,我落地在漫天大雪的明尼苏达,成为VAMC第1个中国访问学者。从那时起,剑明老师和他的家人就张开接纳的双臂把我当成他们家中的一员来照顾。而剑明老师开始为我做这一切的时候,我们俩素未平生,他只是说:我答应郭继鸿教授了,我得做到。无论大事小事,只要剑明老师答应了,他都会做到。比如在2019年2月17日,我向剑明老师请教心脏淀粉样变性的患者ICD是否应该常规植入作为一级预防的问题,剑明老师秒回,告诉我他在旧金山开会,说回去再答复。3月9日我收到剑明老师大段的文字,说他自己在这个疾病上临床经验不多,所以查了文献,把文献的内容加上他自己的观点综合起来详详细细地告诉了我,我看完感动极了。我在剑明老师身边待过,我知道他平常上班有多忙,但他答应我了,就一定做到。这也是这几天悼念的文字中多次提到的剑明老师“豪爽仗义,言出必行”的写照。

这是把我推荐到明州学习的郭继鸿老师(左)和剑明老师合影,那时候是2013年4月,我在这个会议上第一次看到剑明老师。(照片来自365医学网)刚开始去医院上班,剑明老师亲自开车来接我。过了很久我自己开车看地图才知道,原来剑明老师家住在医院南边,而我住的地方在明大本部附近,是在这个城市的北边,剑明老师每次都是折返了很大的一段路来接我的,但是他从没有和我说过。在最初的那一周,剑明老师亲自带着我去认能买到中国食物的超市,一天跑了三个地方,Shanghai Market,Shanghai Wholesale和United Noodles。当其他访学同道知道他们自己摸索很久才搞清楚的买菜地方我是由导师亲自带着一天就认完的时候,他们都羡慕极了。最值得一提的是,当剑明老师知道我要办理Social Security Number时,他主动说要带我去。因为我没有搞清楚地点,剑明老师按照我给的宣传单地址开到了市中心的大楼,问了半天也没有这个机构。然后剑明老师打了很多个电话,终于搞明白办理SSN的地方改到郊区的一排平房里了,于是又驱车带我赶过去。这一折腾,耽误了剑明老师预约的病人,剑明老师一边开车一边接着护士打来的电话,没有什么解释就是道歉,但剑明老师一句埋怨我的话都没有,当时有个地洞,我肯定钻进去了。到了地方,我才知道剑明老师陪我来是多么重要。我刚到一周,什么都不熟,听话说话都磕磕巴巴,是剑明老师和办事的胖阿姨谈笑风生地聊,又夸人孩子画的画好,又说今天的雪下得妙……我只闷声不响填了个表。过了一周SSN的信就寄到我公寓了,而我的访学朋友们大多为这事跑了好几趟。







剑明老师“老吾老以及人之老,幼吾幼以及人之幼”,对别人的长辈和孩子也都非常上心。我的儿子翔翔比睿睿小三个月,剑明老师对翔翔的关心和教育无微不至,就像对睿睿。在翔翔眼中,剑明伯父是最聪明的人,什么都知道,什么都会做。每次看到翔翔,剑明老师都要和翔翔进行“男人间的谈话”,鼓励翔翔多感受多学习。当知道翔翔的数学跳级了,剑明老师特意说起了滢滢的事。滢滢的功课很好,亚裔的孩子在数学方面尤为突出,滢滢的数学课跳了两级,但滢滢从不告诉同学,剑明老师问她为什么,滢滢说“I don’t  wanna let others feel uncomfortable. ”自此翔翔和我都记住了这件事。

滑雪是明州的特色项目,剑明老师说一定要带我和翔翔去滑雪,否则就是没到过明州。为了给翔翔找玩伴,胡敏师母特意给邻居蒋艳梅老师(就是下文中帮我申请college入学的热心老师)打电话“借儿子”。蒋老师的儿子Tommy比翔翔小一岁,已经滑得很好了,是“Black Diamond”,而且Tommy会说几句中文,刚到明州的翔翔果然和Tommy玩得很好。但这是多大的责任啊,一个10来岁的小男孩,又是滑雪这种有风险的活动,胡敏师母和剑明老师为了翔翔一力承担。翔翔自此爱上了滑雪,回到北京翔翔每年寒假都去崇礼参加冬令营。除此之外,翔翔在小学里有什么委屈,剑明老师亲自打电话和他们校长聊。翔翔升中学要转个好些的学校,剑明老师给我做担保,最终我搬到了Equinox这个“学区房”。剑明老师一直和我说,你是我请来的,你的儿子我也得负责。对于我们来说,有了剑明老师就什么都不怕了。

当翔翔听说了他剑明伯父突然去世的消息,也非常难过,不善言辞的他问了我好几次,我能为伯父做些什么?这几天,他每天续蜡烛,我知道翔翔想念剑明伯父了。前两天,Dennis Zhu老师九十几岁的母亲和我通电话,讲起了八十年代她们刚刚来美国,剑明老师和师母是Zhu老师同事里第一个来看望她们的,老人一直记着这份情。剑明老师就是这样一个人,仗义有担当又细腻周到,剑明老师全家人都特别注意时刻考虑别人的感受,和剑明老师及家人相处无比舒服,即使接受了巨大的帮助心里都不会有沉重的负担,只想着如何能把这份温暖传递下去。

当年我是圣诞节前夕到明州的,我的爷爷在元旦过后突然去世了,虽然我的爷爷96岁去世算是喜丧,但我从小在爷爷奶奶身边长大,对这消息很难接受,我刚到美国不能马上回去奔丧。剑明老师知道后带我到St.Pual Cathedral,帮助我舒缓心情。那时我为爷爷点了一周蜡烛寄托哀思。这次剑明老师猝然离世,疫情原因我不能亲自去送他,就在家里为老师点长明蜡烛,聊表心意。


刚到的时候,我为了能让别人像在中国一样叫我 Lin Yun而不是Yun Lin,我就把family name和given name反过来告诉别人,剑明老师无意间知道以后也严肃制止了我(后来发现我这种担心是多余的,因为在医院里大家只会叫我Dr. Lin。更有意思的是因为大家管剑明老师叫Dr. Li,在他们看来我跟剑明老师的名字是同源的,而从长相上来看,亚洲人的脸在他们眼里都是一模一样,加上他们有些人的常识里中国就是一个地方,不分吉林和北京,所以VAMC的一部分人以为我跟剑明老师是一家人)。







剑明老师是一个惜时如金的人,他把时间安排得非常的紧凑,不仅珍惜他自己的时间,也特别看重我的时间。刚到明州的时候,剑明老师跟我反复讨论培养计划,但是刚刚过了几个月,剑明老师又跟我讨论了一次,他说你来一段时间了,对这里生活和工作有了一定了解,你的目标有没有改变?如果有,咱们赶紧修正培养方案,就算你比其他人在这里的时间长,你的时间也非常宝贵。在剑明老师的启发下,我想了想,和剑明老师说我除了想在医学院学习外,还想正式的去学语言,因为我是俄语生,我从来没有在课堂里学过英文,剑明老师听了后非常支持,帮我比较各个学校的课程和性价比。最终,剑明老师建议我不要在明大上那些语言课程,是因为university的学费很贵,而且店大欺客,有可能是由助教来教我们的,所以不如去一个好一点的college去学习。正好剑明老师的邻居蒋艳梅教授是Century college的教授,剑明老师马上就请蒋老师一家来吃饭,跟蒋老师谈我的事情,蒋老师也是个热心人,一口答应帮忙。当时正好刚刚结束了申请季,蒋老师就亲自带着我,跟校方解释说情,帮我申请入学考试机会,还特别贴心地带我去书店,告诉我哪个架子上能买到二手书。最终我考上了,我很高兴地跟剑明老师汇报,告诉他我的入学成绩是三级班里前5名。剑明老师听了以后想了几秒钟,突然问我,这个课程一共几级?我回答四级,剑明老师笑着问我:你想不想再去考一次?我一下子明白了剑明老师的用意,我去考!剑明老师认为我如果能考到四级班,哪怕是最后一名也比在三级班当优等生值得,因为花同样的时间自己的进步会更大。第二次考试经过准备我确实考到了四级班,但是课程真难啊,开始我根本就写不了作业,比如听一段50分钟的电影剪辑,写出300-500字的体会…我根本就听不懂,也没有体会。不过像剑明老师开始推测的那样,college里有很多非常热爱教学的老师,TA们只是不喜欢做科研,所以TA们就是一个senior lecturer,而不是名声在外的professor。我在Century College的老师Renee Zima小姐就是这样一个热爱教学到极致的52岁资深讲师。她用她特有的方法鼓励我,最终让我坚持学完了整个学分的课程,以全A通过了考试。

踮着脚才能够到更高处,这是剑明老师教我的道理,而剑明老师本人就是一个始终往高处够的人,他从不让自己在舒适区躺着,而跟着剑明老师,就能感受到You raise me up的力量。

剑明老师学术活动很多,有时候会离开明州,但我不会被放假,“上班是上班”嘛。剑明老师不在的时候会请他的好朋友们带我上班。工作在明州其它医院的鸿生老师,华贵老师,Dennis Zhu老师都带教过我,我也了解了VAMC以外的私立医院是什么样子。在剑明老师的拜托下,所有老师都对我非常尽心,华贵老师还带我写了一篇文章,并积极推进最终发表于Heart Rhythm,剑明老师非常高兴,拉着我们一起合了张影。剑明老师非常正式地给华贵老师写了邮件表达“Thank you for including me”的意思,因为华贵老师在文章中给他署名了。华贵老师是剑明老师这么要好的老朋友,但剑明老师仍然非常注意这些细节。这几天的悼文中频频提及剑明老师是“real gentleman”,我想每一个和剑明老师接触过的人都体会过这种如沐春风的温暖。




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