A memorial service of Dr. Zijian Xie will be held at the Barton Hills Country Club on February 1st, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.  
Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the life of Dr. Zijian Xie. We will begin at noon to share memories and stories about Zijian. 
Location: 
Barton Hills Country Club 
730 Country Club Rd 
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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"As you step out on the road I'll say a prayer. So that in my heart you always will be there.This is not goodbye, I know we'll meet again. So let your life begin because this is not goodbye. It's just "I love you" to take with you until you're home again"
"当你踏上旅程,我会为你祈祷,这样你会一直留在我内心深处。这不是告别,我知道我们会再次相见。开启你新的生命吧,因为,这不是告别;带着我对你的爱上路吧,直到你归来。"
Posted by Jiang Tian on January 19, 2020
Jian,我记得有一次我们在Ann Arbor吃饭的时候,一个韩国高尔夫球队进来。你和亚红兴奋地站起来,像小粉丝一样对着他们拍照,一脸的喜悦。我好希望那一刻可以永留!
Posted by Yunhui Xu on January 19, 2020
It’s so hard to say goodbye. I still feel your present beside me in the Lab. I will continue the project in which you helped mentor me. You were my mentor for six years and I want to say thank you for sharing your knowledge and your passion for research with me. You will be missed. Good bye, Dr. Xie, may you rest in peace.
Posted by Man Liang on January 18, 2020
大约两周前,做了一个关于您的梦,梦中狂风暴雨,电闪雷鸣,您来和大家说要开车回Ann Arbor, 大家挽留您,说天气不好,您休息一下,住一夜,等天气好了再出发,您答应了。现在想来,您这是来和大家做最后的告别。再见了,我的导师,希望您的另一个世界充满了阳光和笑容。you will be forever missed! 
Posted by Yorick Wu on January 19, 2020
早上看到这个消息是如此惊讶难以接受!!!18年第一次见到Dr.Xie时,瘦削的身子正靠着实验台,儒雅地讨论实验,随后向我热情地伸出手。您在说话时,总会停顿下体贴地问一句“Right?”。您怀着对母校的浓厚感情积极开展毕设项目,为CPU学子提供优秀的科研环境,谈及此事的付出,您只是淡然一笑。太多的细节,太多的感动,谢老师流芳千古。—MIIR实习生吴勇
Posted by Sandrine Pierre on January 18, 2020
It is so hard to say goodbye to a man and a scientific mind of Zijian Xie’s caliber. One shall feel so blessed to meet one like him in a lifetime, let alone enjoy as much of the time and the thoughts he so generously shared with us. May you rest in peace, Dr Xie, and keep smiling as we continue to honor your name and scientific contributions for generations to come. 
Posted by Juan Zhang on January 19, 2020
我所见到的谢老师永远都是幽默的,亲切的, 睿智的,云淡风轻的;就像这张照片一样。59年太短暂了,愿您仍在别处幽默着,亲切着,睿智着。。。。。。
Posted by Ying Chen on January 19, 2020
今早看到消息时人瞬间呆掉了,眼泪止不住的流了下来。恩师的音容笑貌久久浮现在眼前......
愿谢老师在天堂安息。
Posted by Xiaomei Wu on January 18, 2020
子建同学勤学上进,和谒可亲,乐于助人,他永远活在我们心中。
Posted by Yiyao Qi on January 19, 2020
早上看到消息,我愣了一秒,再就是确定是不是这个意思,实在是不敢相信!眼泪止不住的流。
回忆里第一次见到您,是我去合肥新桥机场接您的那一天,我去的一路上都在纠结说英语还是说中文的问题,很紧张,但是见到您的那一刻我感觉很亲切。我带您到lab参观,中午我带着您去学校餐厅吃饭,一路上的谈话对我影响很大,您的一句话我受益终生,you must read! 我很羞愧当时的自己多么的无知,也很感谢您在我不知方向的时候指引了我。我很感谢人生中遇到你,令我的思维有了很大的转变,改变思维的意义太重大了!

实在没想到竟连再见都没有机会了,我还想再回到Huntington,去看看您,看看工作时的您,休闲时的您。没想到一别即永生,实在遗憾!

再见了,Dr. Xie!
我永远尊重您,也永远铭记您!一路走好!

Yiyao
Posted by Tong Wang on January 18, 2020
一日为师,终身为师。谢老师在学术和生活上总能给我们带来莫大的启发和帮助。愿您在天堂一切安好,来世还做您的学生。 —王彤
Posted by Jue Zhang on January 18, 2020
希望Dr. Xie走好 不再有痛苦 他是我们心中的良师益友 给过我们很多帮助 我们不会忘记他的 永远活在心中— 张珏
Posted by Martha Heck on January 18, 2020
I worked with Jian for many years in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo. He was a great scientist and a wonderful person. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to Yahong, Joe, and Jeff.
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
Jian, you were such a wonderful mentor, supervisor and very dear friend, who became family to us. You lead us to the amazing world of scientific research. Your enthusiasm, compassion, resilience and tremendous courage inspired us, and your spirit will continue to guide us for many years to come. We love you! You will be forever missed!  -----Jason and Ting
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
我很感恩我们见到了Jian, 我见到他的那一刻很伤心,但是我也很高兴见到他,和他说话,说让他好好休息,以后还会去看他。我相信我们以后还会见面,再见面的时候他没有疾病和痛苦,还是那个英俊帅气,才华横溢,令人尊敬的师长。他还会经常带我们回家,摆上丰盛美味的佳肴,让我们在国外不觉得孤单,鼓励我们在学业事业上勇往直前。他是我们的榜样,永远带领着我们!我们会永远记住他!----Catherine Liu
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
谢老师一路走好!--Qiqi
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
为人师表,大师风范!谢教授一路走好!---Lifeng Ma
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
恩师愿你在天堂安好!-----Yiliang Chen
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
天堂没有痛苦!愿谢老师一路走好!----Fangfang
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
今天这个日子,我们不只记得心痛,还记得一位朋友,一位师长。-----JT
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
Dr. Xie Rest In Peace, you will be missed by us very much. May God is with you forever.--- Jian Wu
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
May God hold and keep Jian forever. ---Jiang Liu
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
一代大师驾鹤西去,深切怀念谢老师!谢老师一路走好!  ------Zhongbin Zhang
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
Sorry to hear the sad news. Dr Xie will be missed by us. He is a great mentor to his students!---Yonghua Jing
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
谢教授一路走好[Sob][Sob][Sob]。 ----白燕
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about this and feel so sad since Jian is a very nice person and respected mentor. I cannot believe this is true. I hope he will not have hard time anymore in heaven. —- Changjun Yang
Posted by Ting C on January 18, 2020
Jan 17th, 2020

It is with great personal sadness that I share the following news. Following a heroic 2 1/2 year battle with cancer, Dr. Zijian Xie passed away today

Dr. Xie was the director of MIIR and a Professor in our Medical School. He was arguably the finest scientist I've known and my very, very, dear friend....

I want to expressed the thanks of his family and my personal gratitude to those who participated in the excellent medical care he received from our physicians, nurses and staff. I also want to thank those scientists and staff within the University community that worked with Dr. Xie. He was very proud to be part of Marshall University, and you were all very dear to him.

Sincerely,
Joe

Joseph I. Shapiro M.D.
Vice President and Dean,
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Marshall University
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Posted by Jing Chen on February 12, 2020
It is so shocking and saddening to hear the news about Jian from Sandrine. Even though I've known Jian for only 2 years through work and remote collaboration, he has impressed me very much as a talented and brilliant scientist, a dedicated teacher, an effective collaborator, and a kind gentleman. My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Yahong, Jian's family and colleagues. He will be truly missed. 
Posted by Meilan Shen on February 8, 2020
我们和子建虽然见面不多,但是通过和亚红的聊天及别人的交通,觉得子建不仅是一位模范丈夫和一位严慈的父亲,他更是一位杰出的教授和科学家。我们非常悲痛癌症使他英年早逝,这不仅仅是亚红朋友巨大的损失,也是我们侨居美国的中国人的损失,也是科学界的巨大损失。
Posted by Changjun Yang on February 8, 2020
Jian,请允许我这样继续称呼您,当我抵达上海在酒店清晨醒来时,得知您的消息,瞬间觉得胸口很闷透不过气,原本以为回美后找机会再去陪您聊聊天,可这一切竟成为了一种奢求。2005年5月25日至2007年5月31日在您的实验室里做交换生,是我学生时代度过的最美好时光,您学术严谨、生活简单的态度令我受益匪浅,您的一言一行在我脑海里依旧是那样的清晰,能成为您指导的学生是我莫大的荣幸。记得2007年5月底离开实验室回国前一天,您带我去学校的shopping store让我选一件礼物,我说:“Jian,不用了,您已经送我非常精美的水晶玻璃球了,这个原本只有您的学生毕业答辩后您才颁发的礼物,我已经提前拿到了,这是您对我在您实验室里工作的最大认可了”。完了,您说:Changjun, you do not want to make my life to be complicated, right?我说:“那好吧,那我选一条带UT logo的领带吧,我回国答辩时可以带”。那是一条金黄色的领带,我依然保留着,因为它意义非凡。您知道吗,后来每当我送好朋友一些小礼物时,他们会说昌军好朋友间不用这么客气的。我就把导师您说过的话对朋友再转述一遍: you do not want to make my life to be complicated, right?一句简单的话,让彼此双方感觉是那样的舒服。所有的这些过往点点滴滴,想忘是忘不掉的,非常遗憾没有见上您最后一面,希望您在另一个世界一切安好,大家相见的那一天,您依旧是我最敬佩的恩师!
his Life

Biography/Obituary

Dr. Zijian Xie. Ph.D, passed away on January 17 th , 2020 at the age of 59 after a long and
courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Zijian was born on December 27 th , 1960 in Changzhou, China, as the oldest of three siblings. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing College of Pharmacy in Nanjing, China, in 1982, followed by a Master’s degree in toxicology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing in 1984. He was the first in his family to earn the opportunity to travel to and study in the United States and received his doctorate in pharmacology at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) in 1990.

At the University of Toledo, he served as a tenured Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology and Medicine, and co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. program. His laboratory became internationally recognized for its work in elucidating the mechanism of several cellular pathways and their association with renal, heart and vascular disease, and cancer. In 2013, Zijian was recruited to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia to be the Director of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR), where he continued his ground-breaking research.

At the time of his passing, he had authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He also served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on National Institutes of Health-sponsored research totaling over $10 million and international projects totaling more than $1 million in funding. His work also led to several patented applications for medical inventions and spin-off companies. However, throughout his illustrious 30-year career in academia, he most cherished the friendships he formed along the way with hundreds of former colleagues, collaborators, students, and staff.

Zijian is survived by his wife of 35 years, Yahong, and their children, Joe and Jeff. His
immediate family also includes his mother, Liu Yan Qing, his sisters Min Min and Yong Hong,
and his nephews and niece, Xiao Liang, Li Xin, and Xin Rui. He will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Further details on the event location and time can be found on this website.

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Shared by Yahong W on February 5, 2020
我亲爱的-

首先谢谢我的公婆。是他们送给我一位,乐观,自信,宽容,有理想,有追求的儿子-谢子建。一个最美好的礼物,我亲爱的-建。

谢谢你-建,让我有幸成为你的生活伴侣。是你在所有爱慕女孩的包围之中选择了我,让我有了一个温暖,幸福的家。你对我的爱始终如一,从我们相爱后的第一次接吻到生命的最后。无论是在孩子或是朋友面前你时常会拥抱我或亲吻我,有时搞得我都不好意思。你像一个卫士一样,永远保护着我。

我们并肩走过了35年的日日夜夜,我们分享着数不尽的欢乐时光,我们有太多的共同爱好。你还是我第一个高尔夫球教练,也是最好的教练。我们共同养育了2 个儿子和2个侄儿,在你的精心培养下,他们个个聪明善良,像你一样对生活有理想,有追求。

在我们共同的道路上,无论你出现在哪里,你的周围总是有很多可亲可爱的朋友,总是冲满了温暖,欢乐。你用你的真情去爱他们,关心他们。

你是一个思维敏感聪明照人的人,你对事业的追求是哪么地热中,你从未终止过,直到最后。你告诉过我,正是因为你对科研的执着,才使你的生命支撑到今天。

你勇敢顽强地和病魔挑战争夺时间,在你生命的最后一段时间里,你无白天无黑夜地工作,想到每个为你工作的人和学生,希望为他们铺上最后的路。

你是一个意志坚强钢意过人的人。在医院那段时间,你怕止疼药影向你的思维,你总说不痛,直到最后。

你是一个永远为他人着想的人,特别是为我。当你为他人安排完毕之后,在你清醒的最后一刻,你握着我的手说:“Hong,我不能再陪伴你了。我对不起你,对不起”

昨天,当我清理我的书桌时,发现了一封不知你何时留给我的最后一封信。你写到:“ 亲爱的亚红:你是一个坚强的人。太多的爱在环绕着你;太多的心在保护着你,特别是我,特别是现在。”

亲爱的建,我知道,我们都知道,你累了,太累了,该休息了。

放心吧,我们会沿着你的路永不停步!你会永远,永远活在我,和我们的心里!

亲爱的建,你知道吗?今天有106位亲朋好友来自不同的地方用鲜花和香槟庆祝你光辉灿烂的一生。你会为自己的一生而骄傲! 我们会永远爱你!永记心中!

我真幸运能有你。谢谢你!我亲爱的-建!

你的红
02-01-2020


To my Darling-Jian

Thank you to my Dear parents-in-law, for raising a son who was confident, optimistic, warm-hearted, ambitious and aspiring. A loving gift to me, that’s you, my darling Jian.

Thank you, Jian, for having me as your wife. There were so many girls who admired you. But you chose me and gave me a happy loving home. Your love never stopped from our first kiss until the end. You kissed me all the time in front of our kids and friends even though you knew this was not customary in Chinese culture to show your love openly. You took care of me.

We walked on this earth shoulder to shoulder for 35 years, we shared many happy moments and so many hobbies together, including golf. You were my first and the best golf coach. But you did get mad when I beat you. We also raised 2 sons and 2 nephews who grew up to be kind, intelligent, and aspiring just like you.

In our time together, wherever you were, you were surrounded by many, many dearest friends. You opened your heart to them, and they filled our lives with affection and love.

You were an intelligent and aspiring scholar. You loved your work. Your passion for science was fierce and never stopped until the end. You told me, your love for science was what you could hold on to when you fought for your life.

You fought a brave battle with cancer to make the most of your time. In the last phase of your life, you worked tirelessly day and night. You cared for every student and employee who worked for you. You mentored them and helped guide their future.

You were such a tough person. When you were in the hospital, you were afraid the painkiller would have clouded your mind. So, you refused to take them until the end.

You always put others before yourself, especially me. After you made all the proper arrangements for others, you held my hands in the last moment of your life, and said: “Hong, I can’t stay with you anymore. I am sorry, I am sorry….”

Yesterday, I found a card you hid on my table. You wrote: Dear Yahong: you are a strong woman. So many loves surrounding you, So many hearts are caring for you, Especially mine, Especially now. Love, Jian

Dear Jian, I know, we all know, you were too tired. You shall rest.

Don’t worry. We will continue the path you wished. You will forever live in my heart and our hearts.

Dear Jian, today, your family and friends, either here in person or in thoughts, are here to celebrate your life and achievement. You should be proud for yourself. We all love you and will remember you forever in our hearts.

I am so lucky to have you, Thank you, my darling Jian!

Yours Hong
02-01-2020

Shared by Chong Ren on February 1, 2020
孑健,
此时此刻,应是悼念会召开之时,为兄者抱着巨大的遗憾因十多天努力的冶疗腰尖盘突出而还是开车不成去不了Ann arbor 与你最后的告别,只好借助这个平台表示淑英,Robert 及我对你思念和爱!
God love you so do I 
庚子年生,庚子年去,何其短暂的人生六十年!你拥有丰富的多彩的成功人生…安息吧,我的好兄弟!
叔英
Robert 



Shared by Yao Pei on January 30, 2020
Lao Xie is our dearest friend for over twenty years! It is still hard to believe he had left us. Lao Xie was always fun to be with. His humorous and intelligent talks, his appreciation and passion for the finest quality of life are forever our admiration. He was a man with a beautiful family and successful career, he had a fulfilled life to celebrate!
Lao Xie, we miss you! You will be always in our hearts! Rest in peace!
Yao and Heping