Yuan-Ning Liu
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 20, 1937
  • Date of passing: Mar 24, 2014
Let the memory of Yuan-Ning be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Yuan-Ning Liu, 76, born on August 20, 1937 and passed away on March 24, 2014. We will remember him forever.

Yuan-Ning Liu passed away on Monday, March 24th after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. He spent his last days doing what he loved to do most, spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, three kids, and six grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 29th at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA (http://www.sorrentovalleychapel.com/).  Flowers may be also sent directly to the same address on behalf of Yuan-Ning.  The viewing will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm followed by a funeral service from 4 pm to 5 pm. There will be a reception after the funeral service at a place still to be determined. Please RSVP to Jean’s new email address at HuiLing1944@gmail.com if you plan to attend the funeral services.  

We invite you to please share any condolences and memories of Yuan-Ning below or on the Stories tab.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by richard hsu on 20th August 2017

"Happy birthday my dear friend Yuan-Ning
We are in Santa Rosa visiting Jimmy, Mary, Oli and Charlie. We enjoy their company very much. Everyone is doing fine.

This tribute was added by richard hsu on 24th March 2017

"源寧兄千古 歲月匆匆,你離去已經三年。今天是你的忌日紀念祝你安息。慧玲手術成功康復正常一切勿念。弟餘定"

This tribute was added by richard hsu on 20th August 2016


This tribute was added by richard hsu on 20th August 2015


This tribute was added by richard hsu on 24th March 2015


This tribute was added by Allan Wang on 21st April 2014

"The best thing in life is to have Yuan-Ning and Jean as our friends. The saddest thing is life is to learn that Yuan-Ning left us suddenly in our life's journey.

We treasure our many moments together – care-free before the children came, the explorer spirit in the first house hunting, the excitement of moving into a new house, the life's pleasure of watching children grown from babies, to toddler, to children, to adults.

We are here to celebrate Yuan-Ning's life and affirm the difference he made to our lives. His modesty, sense of humor, dedication to family and friends are inspiring, always.

Rest in Peace, Yuan-Ning. We will always miss you.

From Allan and Lisa Wang"

This tribute was added by Karen Todaro on 3rd April 2014

"My sincere condolences to all the Liu family members for their loss of a great son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend.  The wonderful memories of
your family gatherings, travels, and celebrations will serve to help you through your sorrow and the loss of this great man.  My thoughts and prayers are extended to all of you."

This tribute was added by Nova Hall on 30th March 2014

"We are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you out during this difficult time.  
Nova Hall and Alexis Rahal"

This tribute was added by Quang Tran on 30th March 2014

"I have the privilege of working for him from 1990 until he retired, he is my mentor and a great teacher, he always has a special place in my heart. He always there for me throughout my career, I can always count on his guidance and his sense of humor to get me thru some tough times. I miss his infectious laugh, his common sense but intellectual approach to problem, I will miss him dearly."

This tribute was added by Fehmida Moorad on 30th March 2014

"Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. My love thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.


This tribute was added by Alan Ellinthorpe on 28th March 2014

"I met with Dr. Liu on only a few occasions, but they were magic experiences, and I’m writing to record my sadness at his disappearance and to express my condolences to his family.

Both Dr. Liu and I were civilian scientists employed by the Navy. We worked on different aspects of undersea acoustics; I on the damage done to signals as they propagated through the ocean, and he on the acoustic disturbances caused by a submarine as it moves through the water, a field called ‘turbulent flow noise’. This is what's heard when a window is opened in a moving auto, and it's the origin of the signals hear on stethoscopes. It is a field so complicated that it is not well understood even today: Richard Feynman cited turbulence as ‘the last great unsolved problem in classical Physics’. As is the case with most Physics problems, turbulence phenomena are relatively easy to describe (i.e., answering the ‘what’ question) but difficult to understand (i.e., finding out ‘why’ or ‘how’), Understanding in at least some degree is necessary if one hopes to find a cure, and it was from Dr. Liu that I got that understanding: exquisitely lucid and complete explanations that I had been unable to find anywhere else.

The Navy needs many Liu clones but since I only met one I have to infer that the need is going to go wanting."

This tribute was added by Spencer Wu on 28th March 2014


我们認識源寧二十多年,跟他是'君子之交',差不多一,二個月才會在G-Club 聚餐見面。在人群中,他不多說話,即使是熟悉的話題,也不急於發表意見。但常常,寥寥數語却表達了他高度的智慧,與深入的見解。他對人很熱誠,問他問題,他縂是很有耐心的解釋,既使是在很忙的時候。我們曾問他退休健保的選擇,他不厭其煩的解釋,讓我們受益非淺。 他對朋友也很細心,週到,記得一次在聊天
中,聽到我們也喜歡聽宋祖英的歌,等下次見面時,他出其不意,帶來了宋祖英演唱會的DVD,譲我們深深感動, 他後來又送了幾張,類似的事他做了很多。他一直給別人溫暖,永遠對朋友付出,真是一位難得的友人。現在囬憶起這些點點

今年他不能與我们同享華府的春天,但他留給我們许多美好的回憶,每一片囬憶, 都会讓我们感到陣陣暖意,譲我们永远在春風裏。


This tribute was added by Lien Dinh on 28th March 2014

"My condolences go to Mrs.  Jean Liu and her family.  May God be with you during this time of loss and healing.  May you have peace and love as you cherished the many happy memories with Dr. Liu.  With sincere and respect.  
Lien Dinh"

This tribute was added by William Cua on 28th March 2014

"Our family is related to Dr. Liu through the marriage of our youngest brother, Felix, to his daughter, Christine.  The first time I met Dr. Liu, I was impressed by his unassuming, approachable and erudite characteristics. Our rapport was immediately established. From our constant association with him, I could discern that he was such a wonderful husband and father, besides being a wonderful elder and friend.  He was a father that I do not mind having.  In fact, if he were to adopt me, I would not hesitate to respond with a big "yes".  I vividly recalled that when our father passed away, he and his wife came all the way from Virginia to lend us support and comfort.  My sorrow was very much alleviated by their tender loving and soothing actions and words.  Dr. Liu, you have lived a full life with much accomplishments.  We will miss you very much.  May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by richard hsu on 27th March 2014

"Yuan-Ning was my high school classmate in Taipei. We are very close for more than half century. He used to visit us in New York before he was married. We visited them in Virginia many times. We met for lunch a year ago and talked for hours. He was always sincere, happy, sunny, healthy, considerate and positive. We served together at ROTC in Taiwan after graduating from college. I cherish our longstanding friendship so much. He will be missed by so many friends and family."

This tribute was added by thelma tai on 27th March 2014

"Yuan-Ning was always a close great friend of ours for more than 40 years, a colleague also with Tsze Cheng for 37 years at the U.S. Navy's Lab. It's a blessing to have known him and his family. He was a man of modesty, integrity and intelligence. We were having such a good time visiting and chattering with him at his home in San Diego on Valentine's Day last month. He was positive all the time in good spirit with a smiling face. He made a wonderful decision to move to San Diego, the heavenly warm spot resting in The Lord peacefully with his closest family members around. Although he was deeply missed by us, yet he is in the heaven, a better place, we trust. May God's love, mercy and comfort be with the Liu's family
Love and blessings,
Tsze Cheng and Thelma
In Potomac, Maryland, March 27,2014"

This tribute was added by Vernon Simmons on 27th March 2014

"Dr. Y-N Liu is a man of great intelligence, intellect, grace and dignity; with a caring heart and positive personality that endeared him to everyone he met.  Dr. Liu is alive and well, not living in a physical body, but living in the hearts and souls of all of us who knew him, worked with him and shared his deep and abiding joy of life, family and pursuit of scientific understanding.  Let us not mourn the passing of the body but let us carry on his legacy of kindness, caring, scientific integrity, and helpfullness and pursue the love of life that is Dr. Liu.  Bless you Dr. Liu for you have made each of us a better person for having known you.  There is no greater tribute."

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