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In Memoriam Ya (Phil) Hsueh, March 19, 1936 – October 18, 2020

Ya (Phil) Hsueh
March 19, 1936 – October 18, 2020

Ya Hsueh was born on March 19, 1936 in Wuxi, China, and passed away on Sunday October 18, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 84. He was married in 1964 and is survived by his wife, Amy, and his sons Gary and Michael. He graduated from National Taiwan University and then emigrated to the US in 1958. In June 1965 he received his doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University. After completing post-doctorate studies at the University of Washington,he served as a professor of oceanography at Florida State University from 1968, conducting research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 1979, he was
chosen as one of five scientists to participate in the revival of oceanography in the newly reopened People’s Republic of China. This work began a decades long scientific partnership between the US & China involving studies of the East China Sea. He retired in June 2003 and was named Professor Emeritus in recognition of meritorious services to the University and on recommendation of the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences.

“In addition to his considerable scientific energy, I remember Prof Hsueh as a kind man, always with an open door and always with a big smile. I have pleasant memories of many very detailed and interesting discussions with him when I first arrived at FSU. As a naïve and often misguided young faculty member, it was greatly comforting to have a senior faculty member willing to listen, patiently, to my ideas and plans and to offer wise advice about how to conduct my career.
Phil advised several PhD candidates who have thrived professionally. All of them speak of their admiration for him and considered themselves fortunate to have been his student.”

– Dr. Bill Dewar

“I’m grateful for all Phil did for all he did for Florida State, the oceanography community, and for being part of the process that enabled me to have a fulfilling and happy career at FSU. May Amy and his family be comforted in his loss, and cherish all the positive things he did.”
– Dr. Allan (and Colette) Clarke

A memorial service will be held on November 1, 2020 at Culley’s Meadow Wood Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida.
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