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星期五, 6月 09, 2017

華美福利會行政主任李秋明辭世

            (Boston Orange)華美福利會(AACA)8日發出消息,該會行政主任李秋明66日在家人陪伴中辭世,享年65歲。
李秋明。(華美福利會圖)
                        該會訂9日晚舉行的成立50週年慶祝大會,將照常舉行。華美福利會前任董事長陳美霞表示,相信李秋明也會希望這50週年大慶如期舉行。
                    華美福利會在對外發佈的消息中指出,李秋明來自香港,畢業於香港大學,波士頓學院,曾在塔芙茨醫療中心(原名新英格蘭醫療中心)做社工,1982年起擔任華美福利會行政主任,迄今35年。他身後遺有妻子,三名女兒,二名女婿,以及二名孫子女。
                 李秋明在世時,幫助過數以千計移民,並督導了位於泰勒街87號的華美福利會新總部大樓開張,給1967年在華埠一個地下室成立的華美福利會帶來極大轉變。
                 在李秋明領導下,華美福利會為貧困美國人及來自125個不同國家的移民,提供無人能比的技能培訓,職業諮商,就業安置,英語,以及移民服務。
            華美福利會前任董事長,目前代理行政主任的陳美霞表示,李秋明支持移民,從不懈怠,在社區中一直是大家的朋友。他的辭世,讓人心碎。他們都向李秋明家人致上誠摯的哀悼之意。

            在華美福利會已工作23年之久的教育主任高柏格(Richard Goldberg)說,李秋明是他最大的支持者,最喜歡說要勤於聽,緩於說,他會十分懷念李秋明。

From AACA:

Chau-ming Lee, 65, Asian American Civic Association Executive Director , passed away peacefully on June 6. He was surrounded by loved ones.

Lee immigrated to Boston from Hong Kong. As executive director of the AACA since 1982, he helped thousands of individuals with immigration inquiries. He oversaw the opening of AACA's 87 Tyler Street headquarters in 2007, a big change from the agency's humble beginnings in a Chinatown basement in 1967.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of Chau-ming," said AACA interim Executive Director Mary Chin . "He was a tireless advocate for immigrants and a friend to all in the community. We express our sincere condolences to his family."

Under Lee's leadership, AACA served economically disadvantaged Americans and immigrants from 125 countries by providing un­paralleled skills training, career counseling and job placement, ESOL, and immigration ser­vices.
"Chau-ming was my greatest supporter and will be dearly missed," said Richard Goldberg, AACA Director of Education, who has worked 23 years at the agency. "His favorite saying was, 'Be quick to listen and slow to speak.'"

Lee attended the University of Hong Kong and Boston College. Prior to serving at AACA, he was a social worker at New England Medical Center, which is now Tufts Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons in-law and two grandchildren.


For more information, please call Mary Chin at (617) 777-3952.