The Great Class of 1965

Sin-Sing Chiu

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Our Classmate And Friend

Sin-Sing Chiu

On February 28, 2005, the Class of 1965 and Dartmouth College lost one of its most dedicated alumni.  Sing Chiu passed away in Hong Kong after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day.  

From his first day on the Dartmouth campus in 1961, Sing was a thoroughly involved member of the Dartmouth community.  In his undergraduate years, he was the star of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, the school's uncrowned table tennis champion and an inspiration to all who knew him.  He received the Marcus Heiman Award as the undergraduate who demonstrated the most promise in the arts.

Following graduation, Sing completed business graduate studies at the Thunderbird School in Arizona, then joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, moving on to Singapore and Hong Kong.  Since 1976, he has led his family businesses, Elias & Company, Seaga International Trading and Ecoban Pacific Ltd.  Sing and his wife, Patricia, have been board members and long time leaders of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Sinsonietta Orchestras.

As "Dartmouth's Ambassador to China" for 30 years, he regularly hosted alumni and faculty who made visits to Hong Kong and China.  He underpinned the activities of the Hong Kong Dartmouth Club for more than two decades, personally overseeing scholarship and enrollment activities.  Within his Class, he served as Vice President - ROW (for "Rest of the World") and participated in many Class projects and activities despite living on the other side of the world. 

In 2002, Sing received the 408th Alumni Award, joining a long line of outstanding alumni going back to the Class of 1894.  The impressive award ceremony took place in Hong Kong, attended by members of the Hong Kong Club, his Class and Dartmouth President James Wright.  He was the first, and only, international alumnus to ever receive Dartmouth's most prestigious alumni award. 

Robert Frost's last poetry reading to a Dartmouth Freshman Class in 1962 so impressed Sing that he always carried in his pocket a copy of Frost's great poem, "The Road Not Taken."  Sing epitomized the last lines of this poem... "I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."  He made a difference to all of us throughout his all too short life, and he will be sorely missed.

In December at a dinner to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alumni Award Program, several classmates were fortunate to have shared with Sing one more happy occasion and his final visit to Dartmouth.  Sing is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Yue-Seng '98; daughter' Yue-Ling '00; and a large family including Dartmouth cousins, Yanek Chiu '66 and Sin-Tung Chiu '68, and a niece now attending Dartmouth.