Psalm 23:6
Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
  • 76 years old
  • Born on April 5, 1943 in Shanghai, China.
  • Passed away on July 26, 2019 in California, United States.
Winston Ko was so much to so many: devoted husband, father, brother, uncle; loyal friend and colleague; visionary leader; committed educator and mentor, curious mind. Those he has left behind will surely miss him. We hope that this collection of stories, tributes, photos will offer some measure of comfort and soften the ache in our hearts for no longer having him in our lives on Earth.
Posted by 元倫 莊 on August 8, 2019
My 三姨夫 (Winston) and 三阿姨 was the first to bring me and my family to a church. I'm forever grateful to God because he used them to plant the seed that later on enabled my family to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. 

Beyond that, I will always remember 三姨夫's gentleness, vision and joy. The warmness being in his home, the wonder of God's creation that he explored, and of course that hardy laugh coming through his wide grin. 

I believe those attributes are also embodied in his family. 三阿姨's gentle kindness towards others. 浩浩's vision for design. 小悅's joyful disposition. I pray that his legacies and memories would surround them. And pray even more the comfort of the Holy Spirit would fill them in this time.

元倫
Posted by Adam Getchell on August 6, 2019
Professor Ko made an indelible imprint on me during undergraduate classical mechanics.

He was very precise, but in our lectures there would be little mistakes every so often that one of us would invariably call out and catch. He would apologize for each one.

One class, probably after a midterm, we were pretty dazed and quiet. He had written two boards of lecture in silence, broken only by tapping of chalk and occasional rustles of paper.

He looked back at us, paused. Perhaps there was a ghost of a smile. Then he proceeded to swiftly correct 10 or more errors on the board.

We realized then all the “mistakes” were just to keep us engaged.

Posted by Bob Polk on August 4, 2019
I knew Dean Ko briefly when I worked at UC President's Office as he was one of the faculty members who facilitated the campus administration of the COSMOS program. So many of the tributes here comport with my own fond memories of this kind-hearted, bright, forward-looking scholar. COSMOS was/is a small program in the UC scheme of things, but Dean Ko always made us feel like we were important and doing something worthy of UCD's and his scholarly imprimatur. He was a lovely person - such a good man. Blessings upon his family and loved ones.
Posted by Dan Toan on August 4, 2019
I’ve known Winston and his family since 1986 at Davis Chinese Christian Church. I don’t remember how we met. Probably a hardy handshake or a gentle hand wave from Winston with a warm smile and friendly greeting “hi”.

I am going to miss his smile, his kind heart. I am going miss the little things that he did like the Christmas card he send to us every year. I have worked with him on many projects and committees. From church workday to serving on Administration and property and Executive council together.  He is a visionary, seems like he is always 2 or 3 steps ahead of me. He really shines when it comes to church building projects. He spearheaded in building the main sanctuary 30 years ago, and in the subsequent years, the education building and the upstair sanctuary. And at the time of his death, he was leading the planning for building a fellowship hall next door. 

Winston is a man of faith. He often say Jehovah Jireh, means that the Lord will provide. And the Bible passage that he uses is in Genesis chapter 22. The account that God provided for Abraham based upon what He saw with regard to Abraham and that pre-vision led to God’s provision. God provided a ram when he saw Abraham going forth in obedience to sacrifice his son. He provided a way out of his trial. Winston also strongly believe in the Abrahamic covenant where God promised that He will bless Abraham and all peoples on earth will be blessed through him. Winston did not just believed it but also lived to be a blessing to many of us.

Winston is funny at times. Sometimes we have more and sometimes less food at our church lunch. Winston would say proudly that thank God that he has a flexible stomach.

And he thinks graphite lubricant is the greatest invention since the telescope. He uses it on all the door locks whether they need it or not. And we have 100 doors in this church. If you don’t believe me just take a walk around the church.

For the last 20 some years, every Sunday, except for a few times a year, Winston would faithfully and quietly open all the church doors in the early morning hour as to welcome all the worshipers and visitors come later to God’s house. This is his second home. We are going to miss him. We are comforted by knowing that he is home with our Lord Jesus Christ. In John chapter 14, verse 2 Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many rooms”. When I get there. I will look for a door knob with graphite lubricant. It will be the easiest door to open and find him there. Until then may the almighty God give us His comfort and peace and help us live to be the channel of His blessings.
Posted by Robin Erbacher on August 3, 2019
Here is a memory I sent to the Physics Department faculty upon hearing of Winston's sudden passing:
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I wanted to share part of the conversation I had with Winston in March this year regarding celebrating birthdays (his and Tony’s is April 5th, John Conway’s is April 6th).

This is a very “Winston” conversation: Always stories and insights. He was such a great storyteller, I will really miss that. 

Robin

Begin forwarded message:

From: Winston Ko
Date: March 2, 2019 at 12:10:53 PM EST
To: Robin Erbacher
Cc: Winston Ko , Winston Ko , John Conway


It is sort of a big number for me — 76 is a multiple of 19. Do you know that every 19 years the solar and lunar cycles re-synchronize? The solar cycle is 365.24 days and the lunar cycle is 29.53 days. 19 x 365.24 / 29.53
= 235.0003 almost a whole number! I have a distant nice born in Davis on my 38th birthday in both Western and Chinese calendars, which is extremely rare. It happened again on her 19th birthday (my 57th), and our families celebrated together. It will happen again this year and their family is coming from San Jose for the weekend.

Winston
Posted by Robin Erbacher on August 3, 2019
Winston as Dean hired me in 2004, together with my husband, John Conway. It was a hire he was quite invested in, since we were to become colleagues not only in Physics but also we were to work on the same experiment together. When I arrived, he welcomed me warmly to the UC Davis HEP group, and he always went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and important. I remember how excited he was when I won a young investigators award from the Department of Energy, and so very proud, he helped to throw a party in the department. He supported me tirelessly. He nominated me for a Chancellors Fellowship and when I wasn't selected, he nominated me for a Dean's award, which I did get. I could go on and on. 

He also encouraged me strongly to get involved in his EMU (Endcap Muon) group on our CMS experiment. I think he was very happy to leave a legacy of senior scientists and professors in that group. Now, since I play a leadership role in that group, I had left him on our mailing lists even after he retired, which I believe he really appreciated. It allowed him to follow the progress of our EMU group and also to continue to watch my involvement in EMU (and that of other UCD people), a lasting legacy of his initial CMS work. 
Posted by Dr. Zhang on August 3, 2019
深切懷念尊敬的高長老
感謝神讓我們在DCCC相遇, 目睹您在神家衷心的服侍, 全然的擺上, 愛神愛人, 是位忠心有見識的僕人......這些都留下了不能抹去的痕跡。從此以後, 必有公義的冠冕為您存留, 相信您現在已得到了主給您的賞賜!

和您個人的相交更讓我懷念, 特別今年五月初您和我連續交談過三次, 動員我出來服事, 您的心腸, 愛, 支持, 和鼓勵使我難忘, 更是我學習的好榜樣。
張忠龍
Posted by Joe Toan on August 3, 2019
Elder Winston will be missed. He's been a part of my life for a long time, as he and his wife visited my family shortly after I was born.

My wife and I thank God for Elder Winston. He was a strong encouragement to us, especially his love for Christ and for the church. Elder Winston was a pillar of the community and we will miss him dearly.

- Joseph and Jessica Toan
Posted by John Ling on August 3, 2019
My wife Shao Shia and I extend our deepest condolences at this sad time. I knew Winston but for a short time, as we were both members of the Davis Tuesday Men's Luncheon Group. I found him to be both congenial and kind.
I certainly will miss his warm and friendly presence at our gatherings. I feel our relationship was actually longer, as my sister Maria informed me that she and his mother were very good friends.

John C. Ling, MD
Posted by Lydia Gan on August 3, 2019
Elder Winston Ko was, is, and will be remembered forever! His loving, humble smile warmed our hearts. His faithful service in the Lord had set up an example for us to look up. His leadership encouraged us to unite in one in Christ’s family. 

Elder Ko was one of the well respected founders of the Davis Chinese Christian Church in addition to being a Dean of Department on UC, Davis campus. He served as a long time Elder in the Church, and was a beloved personal friend among brothers and sisters.

We remember those years when we were in Davis. We fellowshipped together, when we had potlucks, he and Katy often brought a big crab meat dish. On an outing event, he and Katy often took charge for our lunch.  I remember in our Sunday School, he taught the books of Isaiah, Ezekiel...... He encouraged us to keep our spiritual growth “......as a root out of a dry ground......” His voice is still echoing in our ears now! We have kept some of his Sunday School handouts, precious warm memories. When he gave Sunday Message, he used to have individual of congregation stood up reading some scriptures one by one......

I will never forget that 11 years ago, when my husband was suddenly diagnosed a stage IV cancer, and needed surgery immediately. In the early morning on the surgery day, before 5:00am, Elder Winston Ko with Elder Dennis Logan and Pastor Lee of Cantonese congregation at the time, came to our home, prayed for us, and drove us to UCDMC Surgery Center. At that time, I was totally num and lost, didn’t know what to expect. Day by day, in this church, in this fellowship, with the prayers of brothers and sisters, we went through the “valley of the shadow of death”. We praised and gave thanks to the Lord, as well as to the leaders and brothers and sisters of the church. We have been grateful to Elder Ko and experienced the Lord’s faithful Love!

May our prayers be with Katy and the Ko’s family, may the Lord’s grace and comfort leads the whole family through the difficult time, may Elder Ko’s soul is now peacefully and gracefully resting in our Dear Lord’s Bosom.

In the Lord’s Love,
Lydia Gan & Quande Zhang
Posted by Rena Zieve on August 2, 2019
Winston became department chair two years after I joined the physics department. He looked out for me, starting by making sure I wasn't overburdened with department service responsibilities as an Assistant Professor, and encouraged me to make the most of my talents. His attention felt so personal that I only realized years later that he had this role for many people.

One of my favorite memories is of an incident just after an undergrad awards ceremony. (Winston was Dean at the time and could very easily have ducked the ceremony, but it was typical of him to attend.) Winston and I and a Chemistry professor went out to our bicycles to return to our respective buildings. When Winston noticed that the other professor had no bicycle helmet, he launched into a lecture on what a bad decision that was, for all the world like a parent scolding a child. He really cared about his colleagues personally as well as professionally!
Posted by James Hildreth on August 2, 2019
I was a colleague and friend of Dean Ko for four years as dean of the College of Biological Sciences. I was impressed by his accomplishments but more impressed by the man he was: humble and kind with a gentle spirit. My life was blessed that our paths crossed and I will always be grateful for his encouragement and support.  James E.K. Hildreth
Posted by David Stuart on August 1, 2019
Winston was my thesis adviser, but the word “adviser” feels insufficiently descriptive. He was a mentor and role model who helped me learn and grow in many ways: by his example, by creating opportunities, and by sincere feedback that I remember as always leaving me feeling optimistic. Winston made a profound and lasting impact on me, and I will miss him. Thinking about his mix of cheery demeanor, wisdom, and strategic thoughtfulness has brought some joy to the sadness.
Posted by Sam Liu on August 1, 2019
It was like yesterday when we just met 2 months ago in Davis, California. You were not just one of our family relatives but such a dear friend to us as we moved from Beijing, China to a brand new place to settle into our retirement. It was such a great comfort to know you and Kate as you had taken care of our insecurity feeling and needs in a totally strange place we never lived before. But gosh, why this happened to you so suprisingly and saddly. We had such a hardtime to accept the fact we have to miss you forever from now! We asked God why and why?
Dear Wisnston, you are missed so badly from our sweet memories. Dear Kate, please have our deepest condolence to your tragic loss. Our hearts will always be with you. God bless your peacefulness and health. Don't forget to call us if you need anything or anyone to be there with you.
Sincerely,
Sam and Angela Liu
Posted by Wendy Yee Lee on August 1, 2019
We consider DCCC our original home church. Uncle Winston welcomed us and countless others for years and years. His booming presence and teddy-bear smiles and hugs enveloped us, filled the entire room where he was. He was monumental in creating this nurturing and safe environment for young adults who recently moved to Davis and were looking for a church home. Uncle Winston and Auntie Katy stand like pillars of the church body. Now, he sings with the angels in Heaven where we will all meet again. ~ raymond and wendy lee
Posted by Kathy Ormiston on August 1, 2019
I knew Winston Ko as a neighbor on Linden Lane. The last time I saw Winston was several days before his trip to Big Sur. He was teaching his young granddaughter to ride a bike. He spent all morning talking to his granddaughter in Chinese and patiently helping her learn to ride a bike. I hope Noemi always remembers her grandfather and takes joy in riding a bike.
Posted by Kuk Chow on August 1, 2019
Winston, our beloved and well respected Elder, is instrumental in founding Davis Chinese Christian Church. Under his visionary leadership, the Church has built up from a small Bible study group to a four-land lot Church near UCD, serving thousands of college students and scholars during the past years. We all owe him so much and deeply grieved over his sudden departure.

He has fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. Now there is in store for him the Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will reward to him on that Day.
Posted by Taylor Lin on August 1, 2019
Thanks for the invitation to Prof. Winston Ko funeral service from his family. Please accept my sincere condolences on such sudden event of professor Ko and convey I and my family deep regards to Dr. ko's family. My daughter Janet and Lisa, who represent I and my wife , will attend it since I am away from the US in China and can not make it. Please let me know if I could do any thing at this moment. 
  I am the last graduate student of Winston in the group of High Energy Physics and Winton did a lot of things that helps me to complete my Degree Research Thesis and He encourages me to work in the chip design area after receiving the Ph.D。 We met several times since I graduated from UCD. The last met with Winston was on the day of celebrating Dr. Dick Land‘s 90 years birthday party at UCD with too many colleagues in Physics Department several years ago,He looked good then。 Winston visited China at least two times when he was the dean of college of Science at UCD and came to our company to look at our research work。 He was so happy to know our new products then(photos attached)。 My family and Ko's family have a long time good relationship, we have several family reunion dinner together sometimes。When I was accepted by UCD in 1990, I came to the US without any friends and relatives, Winston drove and picked-up me and my 4 new-comer roommates from foreign country to spent our first Christmas Eve in Winston's house at UCD, It was really unforgotten party in my life then. When I had my first kid born at UCD,Winston and Katy looked-up many books and found my daughter name: Janet.
  It is a big shock for me and we lost a good professor, a wise old man, a long-time friend. We wish him go well to heaven!
Posted by Sundeep Dugar on August 1, 2019
It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known Winston. I am sure everyone, particularly Katy and the rest of the family, are still trying to process the shock! Winston embodied brilliance and humility. His charity and giving seemed never ending. He was a consummate leader, providing guidance, support and most importantly vision that led to transformative outcomes at UC Davis. A gentleman to the core, with nary a harsh word. Hopefully we will aspire to continue the path he laid out and honor his legacy.
Posted by Brenda Weiss on July 31, 2019
My condolences to Dr. Ko’s family.
I remember Dr. Ko as such a kind and pleasant man. I worked as a lecturer while he was chair of the physics department between ’98 and ’02. I appreciated his leadership and tact; as one example, simply requesting emails to verify who would be present to lecture during union negotiations. He was also respectful of my choice to work part time while our daughter Adrienne was tiny. I became a full time mom after our twin sons were born, so missed working with him after ’03, but was happy to hear he had become Dean.
I look forward to seeing him again in a better place with no more crying or pain. Rev 21:4, 1 Thess 4:13-18.
Yours,
Brenda Weiss
Posted by Willem Langeveld on July 31, 2019
I met Winston for the first time in 1980, when I was a graduate student in the Dutch group in the TPC/Two-Gamma collaboration at SLAC. He certainly was one of the more memorable people of the Davis group in that experiment, and I remember wonderful discussions we had about a variety of topics while on shift running the experiment. After the experiment ended in the late 80's we unfortunately lost touch. But I will always remember him as one of the good guys!

I wish his family and friends condolences on their loss.

Sincerely,

     Willy Langeveld 
Posted by Jay Hauser on July 31, 2019
I'd like to pass along my memories regarding some of Winston's early contributions to the endcap muon detector that the U.S. built for the CMS experiment. My memories do not go back as far as what Dick Lander wrote, which date to the time of the 1992 Letter Of Intent for CMS when only UC Davis, UC Riverside, UT Dallas, and my own institution UCLA were signing members of the experiment. 

Back in the mid- to late-1990s, after the collapse of the SSC when many more from the U.S. as a whole joined LHC and CMS, Winston's UC Davis group created the Monte Carlo detector simulation and performed studies that were absolutely key to the whole CSC endcap muon project for the original Technical Proposal and TDR of CMS (1997). Winston arranged strong DOE base program and UC Davis support for the people making this effort during a time when R&D funds were largely devoted to detector and electronics prototyping, and his sustained support ensured the success of the Detector Performance Group for the endcap muon detector over the extremely long span of about two decades.

Winston hosted several of our key meetings at UC Davis, and besides his early contributions, we all remember fondly his enthusiastic and bubbly personality.
Posted by Gunakh Mitselmakher on July 31, 2019
it is very sad.
I will always remember Winston's unforgettable smile, he was always friendly and positive, being at the same time determined and firm.
Those of us, his colleagues, who are older, remember vividly his many seminal contributions to CMS and US CMS.

Guenakh Mitselmakher
Posted by Paul Padley on July 31, 2019
Winston clearly had a tremendous impact on particle physics, particle physics at Davis, the Davis physics department and the school of Physical Sciences at Davis.  He also had an important impact at my university, Rice, as a member of the visiting committee that reviewed our department on several occasions. I think it is fair to say his input was crucial to keeping the nuclear and particle physics groups at Rice healthy and vibrant. I am a better physicist for having worked with him. Most importantly though, he was tremendously decent and nice person. This is a very sad loss, please accept my condolences.
Paul Padley
Rice University
Posted by Jeff Richman on July 31, 2019
All the members of the UC Santa Barbara high energy physics group send our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Winston, as well as our deep appreciation of his many contributions to the CMS experiment.

Best regards,
Jeffrey RIchman
Professor
Posted by Robin Erbacher on July 31, 2019
Here is a copy of the notice we (the UC Davis CMS experiment group senior physicists) sent to Winston's Endcap Muon (EMU) group. Many condolences are coming in so I will pass on this site to those who would like to express their sentiments here.

Dear EMU Colleagues,

It is with extreme sadness and shock that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague Winston Ko at the age of 76. He died on Friday July 26 while pursuing a favorite pastime, hiking, with his family at Big Sur State Park, on the central coast of California.

Winston was a leader in defining CMS and U.S. CMS, and UC Davis was in the first four United States institutions to officially join the nascent CMS Collaboration at a time when the focus of U.S. high energy physics was on the SSC. As such he was a signatory of the CMS Letter of Intent in 1992, when he and others at UC Davis were still involved with the AMY Experiment at the Tristan e+e- collider at the KEK laboratory in Japan.

In the early planning stages of CMS, Winston was involved in the decision for the first U.S groups to develop the Endcap Muon (EMU) detector subsystem, and the technology choice of cathode strip chambers. He was instrumental in bringing to UC Davis the development project of the switched capacitor array (SCA) ASIC, a crucial component of the CSC readout. Winston was also the first CMS Muon Software Coordinator.

(The story of how UC Davis joined CMS is attached postscript, as is a screenshot of a video of a toast during the 2014 U.S. CMS Granlibakken meeting in honor of the founding of U.S. CMS, and of the memory of one of the early *CMS* collaboration meetings, held at Granlibakken in 1995.)

Winston later served as Chair of the Physics Department, and then as Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences until his retirement in 2013 with nearly 50 years of service to UC Davis. Even during his university leadership, he remained involved with CMS, especially in procuring funding and helping to keep UC Davis involved in EMU.

Many of us continued to benefit from his experience, wisdom, and friendship even in these years after his retirement. We will miss his optimistic attitude and always cheerful smile. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

We plan to send a message to all of CMS as well, but wanted this EMU group to be informed first, since Winston was such an important member of EMU.

-- UC Davis CMS: 
Richard Breedon, Maxwell Chertok, John Conway, Timothy Cox, Robin Erbacher, Richard Lander, Michael Mulhearn, David Pellett, John R. Smith, S. Mani Tripathi 


PS: The UC Davis CMS beginnings, as recalled by the original group founder and leader, R. Lander, in which Winston played a large role:

"Here is pretty much the story of how UCD got into CMS.

First, we had been working in KEK (e+e_) on the AMY detector collaboration that was led by Steve Olsen. That detector had a small high intensity magnetic field.

Winston liked the idea of a small solenoid with a high field, so when the SSC was proposed and there was a call for detector designs, Winston suggested that we should propose a compact, high field solenoid designed to look almost exclusively for muons. I designed such a detector for the coming SSC.

So this was a Compact Muon Solenoid design. (We didn't call it CMS.) Muons because one of the main decay modes of the Higgs was expected to be just four muons. (That turned out to be true when the Higgs was later discovered at CERN.) We called our proposal 10^34 because it could handle the highest intensity of the SSC; the other proposed detectors would not be able to operate at that beam intensity. Note that our proposal was before the SSC was cancelled and CERN took on the search with their proposed new accelerator.

Our proposal was not selected, but CERN had been competing with the U.S. SSC project, so we wrote a Letter-of-Intent for such a detector at a CERN accelerator, if it should be constructed. UCD was the first U.S. group to propose to work with CERN on this Higg search project. A group at CERN had been planning a similar detector, and we joined with them for the compact solenoid design.. (They recognized that we the same concept independently of them.) The CMS came from this group. The CMS was approved to be one of the detectors at the CERN accelerator.

Then when it came to assigning design and construction tasks within CMS there was a problem among groups for construction of the muon component. Winston was at a meeting and broke the impasse by suggesting that the barrel and forward muons be separate projects. That was accepted and UCD got into the forward muon project. 

That's it. -Dick"

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