This website honors Lai Kow Chan (陳乃九) who was born on November 5, 1940 and passed away on December 23, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed professor and colleague. We will forever remember Lai's integrity, thoughtfulness, and academic contributions. 
該網站是對1940年11月5日出生,2020年12月23日去世的陳乃九 (Lai Kow Chan)的致敬。以及學術貢獻。

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Memorial Service - The family of Professor Chan Lai Kow will receive condolences from 12noon to 1pm on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 in For Hoi Hall, 2nd Floor International Funeral Parlour, No 8 Cheong Hang Road, Hung Hum. Christian funeral service will start at 1:00pm and proceed to Cape Collinson Crematorium at 2:00pm for cremation.

陳乃九教授於二零二零年十二月二十三日於瑪麗醫院安祥離世,主懷安息。陳教授將於二零二一年一月六日中午十二時於九龍紅磡暢行道8號萬國殯儀館二樓福海堂設靈,下午一時舉行安息禮拜並於下午二時 前往柴灣歌連臣角火葬場火化。

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Queen Mary Hospital where Lai received excellent and compassionate care. He would be pleased to see its interdisciplinary research continued:
Please designate your donation to "Interdisciplinary Research, Department of Oncology, Ward D". 


Posted by Ella Zhou on January 13, 2021
Rest in Peace, Professor Chan!
Posted by Kelvin Ng on January 13, 2021
Posted by Sam Leung on January 13, 2021
I have known Prof Chan in the International Statistical Conference in Australia since 1996. He is so kind and positive, and he is also a caring mentor. I take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to Professor L.K. Chan’s family.
Posted by Jason Bian on January 12, 2021

Jason (Alumnus).
Posted by Abel Wong on January 12, 2021
Posted by Yanni Yan on January 12, 2021
I'm so sad to hear that news. You have been an inspiration to us throughout your tenure as dean. I have many fond memories of you for undertaking EMBA residential trips and will always remember them. You will always be in my heart. Rest in peace, Professor Chen! Deep condolences to all family members.
Posted by Chi Ho Raymond TAM on January 8, 2021
What a huge loss to the academic world and I believe Professor Chan would rest in heaven with God. 

My condolence to his family especially his wife as I worked for her during her stay in Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education as my superior. 
Posted by Ben-Chang Shia on January 8, 2021
一路好走 天上又多了一位博學多聞的天使
後學 邦昌敬悼
Posted by Meg Southwood on January 6, 2021
In 1972, FungYee was my fellow student at Imperial College Physics Department. Bertha and David were only 3 and 4 years old. LaiK visited often at their student flat in Evelyn Gardens, South Kensington. For fifty years, the whole family has been our steadfast family friends.

LaiK and FungYee are the best friends one can hope for - sincere, generous and loyal.

Although we live on the opposite side of the world, we managed to see them, and sometimes with their retinue of offsprings, in Macau, HK, LA, London.

They stayed with us in 2016. Here are their nostalgic moments of IC - in Evelyn Gardens, IC Physics Department and with ex IC colleagues.

LaiK had plenty of fun and had plenty of love all his life. We envy him and we will never ever forget him.

Meg and Ian Southwood xxx
Posted by Yao Qin on January 6, 2021
It's hard to believe that Professor Chan has passed away! I am really sad to hear this! Prof Chan encouraged me a lot when I joined MUST. I remembered every words he said. Thank you so much for your guidance! I will miss you forever! Rest in peace, Professor Chan.
Posted by Fred Ho on January 6, 2021
I have known Lai for at least 35 years, as an associate in the same profession.
 More than a scholar and a good teacher, he has impressed me as a person.
 Very friendly, generous ,helpful and positive in attitude.
  His passing is a great loss to us . He will be fondly remembered.
Posted by Chan John on January 4, 2021

Posted by Leslie Tang on January 3, 2021
I admire Prof L.K. Chan's ability to look at the world in a positive way.

He frequently mentioned the things /persons that/whom he was grateful for.

Focusing on positive happenings help us become more positive and feel happier.

Rest in Peace. Professor Chan.
Posted by stephen tsun on January 2, 2021
My deepest condolences to Professor L.K. Chan’s family.

Though I never study under Prof Chan, I had the good fortune to go to the same school as Leo, and then Bertha/David also studied in the US. Over time, my family and Prof Chan's family have gotten to know each other well.  He is a very loving dad and a great teacher - and his family is wonderful. We will miss him dearly.

Posted by Kai-Tai Fang on January 1, 2021



Posted by Paul Chan on December 31, 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn that Professor L.K. Chan passed away. I will never forget his enthusiastic teaching at U of M and his recommendation letter for my postgraduate study at UWO. He is a very nice, helpful and highly respected teacher. Rest in peace, Professor Chan.
Posted by Smiley Cheng on December 30, 2020
Dr. Chan had supervised 10 Ph.D. students in his career and he mentioned to me that he was especially proud of two of them - the very first one and the very last one, The first one graduated from University of Western Ontario, got a teaching job at the Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba and did very well in his 37 years career in every aspect - teaching, research and administration; and the last one, she got a academic position at Cambridge University right after her graduation from the City University of Hong Kong.
Posted by Selina Wan on December 30, 2020
Professor Chan, thanks for your teaching. You are always in my memory as a caring teacher. I miss you!

Rest in Peace! Professor Chan!
Posted by Peter Peter Jor on December 30, 2020
Thanks for your warm support and contributions in the past. Rest in peace.
Posted by Agnes LAW on December 29, 2020
I am really sad to learn about this news. You were a very supportive and caring professor. You will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace, Professor Chan!
Posted by Choon Ling Sia on December 29, 2020
Thank you, Professor Chan, for being a great Dean, colleague, and fatherly figure to us all. Sad to learn of your passing. May you rest in peace, and in a better place. Deep Condolences to all family members.
Posted by LG ZHOU on December 29, 2020
Professor Chan's inspirational inculcation echoes in my ears. But I cannot hear his voice any longer. Professor Chan, I wish you all the way best.
Posted by Rachel He on December 29, 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn this heart-breaking news today. I have been planning to back to HK and visit you again. Now, there will be no more chances to say 'Thank You' in person for the book you sent to me in September.

You are such a great mentor and a father-like professor to me. It's my honor to be one of your PhD students. What I learnt from you has been and will continue to guide me through my life.

Miss you forever, Professor Chan!

Rest in Peace.
Posted by Ming-Wei Wu on December 28, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Chan's family. Dr Chan's legacy will forever be remembered for many generations. Shenlone will always remember the wisdom that he provided him during that Christmas party. 節哀順變, 祝他老人家一路好走,在九泉之下安息吧!

The Wu's Family
Ming-Wei, Julie, Shenmei, Shenlone, Shenjone and Shenan

名偉,鴛鴛,顯美,顯龍,顯中,顯安 悼念
Posted by Jing Ruan on December 29, 2020
Posted by Ben-Chang Shia on December 29, 2020
一路好走 天上又多了一位 慈祥 博學多聞的天使
Posted by Helen Bao on December 28, 2020
Professor Chan had been a great mentor and an inspiration for me ever since we first met in Dalian in 1999. It has been a real honour to be his PhD student. His passing left a void in my heart that nobody could possibly fill. Rest in peace, Professor Chan!
Posted by Jean Lai on December 29, 2020
Remember meeting you at an alumni gathering at HKBU few years ago. Remember the old days under your leadership at CityU. Rest In Peace, Professor Chan !
Posted by Ron Kwok on December 28, 2020
Professor Chan 非常感激你嘅栽培 愿您在另一个世界 一切安好
Posted by Ada Ma on December 28, 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. L.K. Chan. He is not only an efficient department head to me, but also a heartful mentor who inspires me in many ways. Thank you for always being so kind and supportive to us. I will deeply appreciate it. God bless his family.

Rest in Peace, Professor Chan!
Posted by Li Yanchen on December 28, 2020
Posted by Deep Batra on December 28, 2020
Professor Chan, you will forever be in our hearts. You have been an inspiration while you were our dean. We had many fond memories of you and will remember them forever.
Jointly from our Batra family, we extend our deepest condolences to the Chan family and offer our humble prayers to everyone who is feeling the pain of your departure. God bless.
Deep Batra
Posted by Mitsuru K on December 28, 2020
My deepest condolences to Professor L.K. Chan’s family. You were so patient and nice when you were teaching us. You can still remember my name after so many years. Rest in peach Prof. Chan. - Linus
Posted by Louis Ma on December 28, 2020
I am saddened by the passing of Professor L.K. Chan. When he was Dean of the Faculty of Business at CityU of HK, I learned a lot from his people-oriented leadership and goal-setting on quality education. May his soul Rest in Peace and God bless his family.
Posted by Rachael Ip on December 28, 2020
It’s very sad to know that Prof Chan had left us. Prof Chan was one of my best mentors. Prof Chan, I learned a lot from you. Kow Ye, I miss you.
Posted by Yer Van HUI (VPARO) on December 28, 2020
LK was always our good friend and helpful colleague. He contributed a lot in China's statistics education.
Posted by David Li on December 28, 2020
I am really sad to hear the passing of Prof L K Chan. Prof Chan is a noble man. He recruited me during his last year as Dean of Faculty of Business into City University of Hong Kong. Although I did not have the privilege of working with him, I was very much moved by Prof Chan's warm and encouraging words during our encounters, which have motivated me to pursue excellence in my career. I am thankful our paths have crossed. Rest in peace, Prof Chan!
Posted by Alan Wan on December 28, 2020
My deepest condolences to Professor L.K. Chan’s family. Professor Chan was a fine scholar, a caring mentor and above all, a gentleman.  It has been a real honour knowing him and working with him.   May he rest in peace.
Posted by Geoffrey Tso on December 28, 2020
I am sad to hear this news. It is my pleasure knowing Professor LK Chan for many years. He has been a good friend and a good academic leader for me. Rest in peace.
Posted by Chu Tang on December 27, 2020
Uncle was patient, kind, nice, talented, and a highly respectful man. He will be missed.  His love and caring will be with all of us forever.
Posted by Bertha Masuda on December 28, 2020
Dad - I love you and miss you. I am so grateful to have many happy memories.
Posted by Jennifer Chan on December 27, 2020
Dad made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have been a member of his family, learning and growing from him.

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Posted by Ella Zhou on January 13, 2021
Rest in Peace, Professor Chan!
Posted by Kelvin Ng on January 13, 2021
Posted by Sam Leung on January 13, 2021
I have known Prof Chan in the International Statistical Conference in Australia since 1996. He is so kind and positive, and he is also a caring mentor. I take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to Professor L.K. Chan’s family.
his Life

陳乃九- 永遠懷念您!

陳乃九, 我們的親愛丈夫、父親、祖父和叔父,於2020年12月23日在上帝的懷抱中安詳離世。


他任教予西安大略大學已一位備受歡迎和成功的教授。及後曼托巴大學聘任他為統計系系主管,他經常與本系和國際教授合作,在中國及世界各地作學術講,分享研究。乃九熱愛香港,他回流香港,獲香港城市大學聘任管理科學系系主任商學院院長。其後乃九接受澳門科技大學任為可持續發展研究所所長和副校長。   乃九結合專業知識、機智、常識、同情心、和正直的人品,多年來贏得各同事、同學們的尊敬。作為W. Edwards Deming(著名工程統計學家)門生,他在工作和研究過程一絲不苟,同事和研究生都知道他必然就研究過程中提出問題,務求研究得出具有質素的結論。他把學術研究應用於現實服務,以教學、研究、顧問服務作為三方框架,成為他的專業發展的指導性的原則。

在研究及顧問服務中,他的團隊的研究成就包括:曼尼托巴大學統計質量控制、過程改進工作坊、而該項目的收益用作支援研究生及研究工作;香港城市大學中心城市指數;澳門科技大學的澳門消費者信心指數、及形成海峽兩岸四地 [澳門,香港,台灣,中國]的指數。




In Memory of Lai Kow Chan

On December 23, 2020, Lai Kow Chan, loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away peacefully into the arms of God. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and received his undergraduate degree at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he made many friends who would continue to be close to him throughout his life. His studies continued at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Ph.D. in statistics. Upon graduating, his Ph.D. supervisor asked Lai to pick up a new graduate student at the train station. The graduate student was Fung-Yee. They married, and their children Bertha, David, and Leo came thereafter.

Lai was a popular and successful professor at the University of Western Ontario and later became the Head of the Statistics Department at the University of Manitoba. He also presented at conferences in China and all over the world, collaborating with his department and international colleagues. He loved Hong Kong and returned to his homeland when he became Chair Professor and the Head of the Department of Management Sciences, Dean of Business School at City University of Hong Kong, and later, Director/Professor of the Institute for Sustainable Development and Vice Rector at Macau University of Science and Technology. 

With his unique combination of expertise, wit, common sense, compassion, and integrity, Lai earned the respect of his colleagues and his students. As a disciple of W. Edwards Deming (famous engineering statistician), he was meticulous in his work and research process. His colleagues and graduate students learned to expect many questions from him in order to achieve the best result of the research. Seeking to apply academic study to real-life situations, Lai developed the research, teaching, and consulting triangle framework, which served as the guiding principle for his professional work. 

In research and consulting, his teams’ accomplishments include the Statistical Quality Control and Process Improvement consulting workshops at the University of Manitoba, the proceeds of which supported research and graduate students; the development of the Hong Kong Centa-City Index at City of University of Hong Kong; and at Macau University of Science, the development of the Macao Consumer Confidence Index, thus forming the Four Places across Strait [Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China] Index.

Lai was a people person throughout his life.He cared deeply about young people and understood them. He nurtured many Ph.D. students. Even in the hospital, he befriended doctors, nurses, and support staff. From his bedside, he continued his role as an educator, attempting to use his own experience as a patient to improve hospital processes. Many who encountered Lai over the years remember how he genuinely cared about them and helped them on a professional and personal level.

In his later years, Lai travelled the world with Fung-Yee by his side, and often with his children and five grandchildren. He loved cruises and enjoyed good food, especially seafood, fruit, and desserts. He liked spoiling his grandchildren, letting them eat pie for breakfast, and notably encouraging them to be themselves. 

Lai was so honest, kind, and thoughtful, he will be deeply missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, and colleagues.

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Shared by KC Tam on January 4, 2021
My wife and I got to know Professor L K Chan through Fung Yee decades ago. Right from the beginning, we were impressed by Professor Chan’s scholarly, knowledgeable, gentle and sincere personality. As the years went by, we became good friends.  Over the years, we had the good fortune of visiting and getting together in Hong Kong, Macau, Winnipeg and LA.  We even had opportunities of meeting his son, daughter and even grand children. He was the most loving father and grandpa we have ever known.
Words cannot express our sorrow in having to say good-bye to such a dear  friend, loving memories of whom will be with us forever.


Shared by Li-Chih Wu on December 28, 2020

My Gong Gong

Shared by Emily Masuda on December 28, 2020
Throughout my life, I've always looked up to my grandfather. Gong Gong was so kind-hearted, generous, and honest. He cared so much for others, and he made everyone around him happy. 

One of the reasons why my Gong Gong made me so happy was his optimistic attitude. Gong Gong had a way of making people feel better. Whenever I expressed to him that I was sad, he would ask, "Why be sad, my lucky ducky? You are so lucky." That always uplifted my mood. He also always made sure that I was confident, and whenever I was feeling down about myself, he would remind me of all of my good qualities. My mom always referred to him as a diplomat; he made everyone feel good, and that's one of the reasons why everyone loved spending time with him. No wonder why I was always so excited to visit him, and for him to visit Los Angeles. Some of my favorite memories were when I was greeted at the airport by my Gong Gong with a big smile and open arms. 

Whenever we visited Hong Kong or Canada, I remember that he would always be so prepared. When we entered his apartment as kids, we'd notice that he had made everything child-proof. He would wrap the corners of tables with tape, and just in case something happened, he would prepare a large first aid kit full of medicine, hand sanitizer, cough drops, and everything else you could think of. He also always carried around a bag with many pouches and zippers, which had almost everything anyone could possibly need. One day, when I expressed that I liked his white bag with green straps, he asked me if I had a favorite tote. I gave it to him, and a few months later, he gave it back to me. This time, though, it was complete with zippers and pouches just like his. For a few years after that, I strove to be just like my Gong Gong. When I left the house, I would carry my zipped-up bag full of first aid items, tissues, and candy, a comb, and a camera. 

Gong Gong always loved capturing memories through photographs. Before eating meals, he would pull out his iPhone and take photos and videos of the feast in front of us. He would always make sure he looked good for the camera, too. Before we took family photos, he'd pull his comb out of his bag and brush his hair. He was a presentable guy; he always made sure he looked nice. I loved going to department stores with him and searching for good deals on clothing. 

Finally, Gong Gong taught me how to eat well. He had a huge appetite. When he came to California, we would always stock up on french baguettes, salami, and an assortment of cheeses. For breakfast, I always made Gong Gong what he called "Emily lattes." And even though these lattes weren't the best, he would take sips of them and exclaim, "Better than Starbucks!" just to make me feel better.  For dinner, we would eat steak and seafood, and for dessert , apple pie and ice cream. It was so funny because he always would say, "I'm so full!" and keep on eating more. 

Gong Gong always reminded me to remember three things: stay warm, eat well, and relax. I know I'll always remember these words. Gong Gong was so loving and caring, and he will be missed greatly. I love you, Gong Gong.