Charles Henry Sie
September 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013
Charles, the son of Sié Chéou-Kang and Yong Foo Yuan, was born in Shanghai, China in 1934 and passed away peacefully in Los Angeles, California. Charles came to the United States in 1950 and stayed at a Catholic orphanage until high school graduation. He studied electrical engineering at Manhattan College and received his Ph.D. at Iowa State University pioneering Phase Change Memory. Charles became VP of Engineering at Xerox, being the first Chinese American to do so. He was very active in Asian American issues and was a founding member and Vice Chairman of Committee of 100. After retirement, he was a visiting professor at Nankai University and a special advisor to UCLA School of Engineering. He was instrumental in incorporating the study of Chinese as a primary language to the Palos Verdes School District. Charles is survived by Maureen, his wife of 55 years; his three children, Michael, Kathleen, and Angela; two brothers, John and Francis; and four grandchildren.
Charles was tireless in promoting mutual understanding and respect between China and America. It is befitting that the Charles Sie Fund has been set up at the Library Project. The Charles Sie Fund supports libraries in China for poor and underprivileged students in primary schools and orphanages.
The Anna and John J. Sie Foundation