Ida Oi-King Chan was born in Hai Phong, Vietnam to Bich Ngoc Tran and Nhan San Luong on March 19, 1939. The family moved to Saigon where she attended middle and high school. From an early age she pursued a life of achievement and excellence, always wanting to learn more. She was accepted to and attended Taiwan Normal University where she studied English and Mathematics. In 1965 she met and married Stanley Chan in Hong Kong and subsequently moved to New York City. Ida took her first electrical engineering course in 1968 that launched a trailblazing career that spanned until 2019. In 1975 Stanley and Ida had their son Jerry and moved to their current home in Chatham.
Ida led a life of dedication. Dedication to her family, to her friends, to her Church, to her career.
Rarely did a holiday, birthday or celebration go by where she did not prepare some homemade treats for family and friends. Even during the 2023 Chinese New Year she was making and delivering rice cakes. Whenever someone needed uplifting, she was there to offer her support and encouragement.
Ida’s faith helped sustain her through difficult times. She took great satisfaction in serving in the Church. Perhaps her greatest joy was singing in the choir.
Her decades-long career as an electrical engineer was an enormous source of pride for Ida. Her accomplishments during her career were unheard of for a woman in her field. Only at the age of 80 did she decide she needed to retire.
On March 27, 2023, after a year long battle with lung cancer, on a beautiful afternoon, with the sun on her face, she was called to heaven. Ida’s husband, son and niece were with her when she passed.
Ida is survived by: brother Yeun Leung, sisters Mui Luong and Bao Qiong Leong, husband Stanley and son Jerry.
Unfortunately non-smoking Asian women experience a disproportionate incidence of lung cancer: https://cancer.ucsf.edu/news/2022/01/12/addressing-high-lung-cancer-rates-among-female-asian-non-smokers
In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make a donation in honor of Ida Chan to help raise money for lung cancer research: In honor of Ida Chan – Fundraising For LUNGevity Foundation