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Raymond  Chang
Born March 6, 1939
Passed Away
 April 10, 2017

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Date: 4/20/2017

Time: 6:28:30 PM

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Margaret and family at the sudden loss of Raymond. I will remember Raymond fondly, as he was a favorite student of Tim and Virgil's at the Dojo. I know how hard this time must be for you as you make sense with such a heart breaking loss.

Nancy Rogers

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Nancy Rogers
City: Bainbridge Island
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 4/18/2017

Time: 1:29:49 PM

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I had the privilege to work with Raymond on several editions of his chemistry text books. He was a kind and truly gifted teacher, mentor, and author. I especially enjoyed talking with him about his life experiences and his adventures with his grandsons. His gentle spirit will be missed. Rest in Peace, Raymond.

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Sandy Wille
City: Dubuque
State: IA
Country: USA

Date: 4/15/2017

Time: 11:12:58 AM

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I only met Raymond once--for an afternoon tea. He seemed a totally nice man. I knew his wife, Maggie, much better having dated her for a period in my life. She was as nice and generous a woman as they come, and I feel for what she must be going through. I am at the age when friends start dying, and it is not a happy time for anyone. I do not, as a neighbor suggested I might, find condolence in the fact that I am still alive in my 80th year while others aren't. I simply feel a great sadness for the pain that surrounds us--in times which are already painful enough. Good wishes for your future, Maggie. Write more books and keep your chin up. (and say hello to your boys.)

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Ernst (Ernie) Schoen-René
City: Kingston
State: NY
Country: USA

Date: 4/14/2017

Time: 8:56:20 AM

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Farewell to Raymond. He was one of the finest people I have known. Raymond was a scholar. He was an outstanding gentleman, in both the Western and especially Confucian sense of the word...

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Thomas L. Lauer
City: Bainbridge Island
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 4/13/2017

Time: 4:17:24 PM

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My condolences to Raymond's wife and family. You are in my thoughts every day.


I feel especially blessed to have known Raymond, especially during the last chapter of his life. He began taking Tai Chi lessons at my school about six years ago when I was still a student. He was always kind and thoughtful and eager to learn. When he first started his balance was poor and his movements were stiff. I knew he was a retired professor and he was a very intelligent man. What I did not know was what a remarkable person he was and that he would not only change himself for the better, but everyone else as he met as well.

In the last year especially, I saw remarkable changes in Raymond. His balance and mobility had improved drastically - to the point that he was embracing the Tai Chi kicking section of all things. He had also made several large breakthroughs in understand movement and technique.

We often exchanged ideas after class, forming comparisons between our breathing exercises and playing the harmonica for example. In moments like those his eyes would light up and a warm smile would cross his face. His excitement at not just learning, but really understanding something new was infectious and I found myself looking forward to every extra moment I was able to spend with him.

I knew that Raymond had once enjoyed the art of Chinese calligraphy and so I mentioned during a class how Tai Chi could be seen as calligraphy in motion. He looked up at me, smiled and we went on with class. A few minutes before our next session he said, “Now that, that makes sense,” while smiling and shaking his finger at me. And with an eloquence that I cannot match he discussed the movement of the brush as it creates a character and how it was mirrored in our form.

It was his youthful excitement and clever wit that struck us all. In our short time with him he became loved by everyone at our school. We jokingly called him professor when he would run the daily warm-ups. His impromptu lessons on Chinese history and language were invaluable. He loved being up there running the show. He loved teaching and he helped to love it too.

I will miss him more than I can express. He wasn't just my student. He was my very dear friend.

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Timothy Minch
City: Suquamish
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 4/13/2017

Time: 3:28:34 PM

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For almost five decades our lives intertwined with Raymond's. The roots of his life can be understood through his childhood in China thanks to his collaboration with his devoted wife, Margaret, who created a series of beautiful picture books of Chinese folk tales for children along with another book for older children about his life during the war years. Years later, the epitome of Raymond's love of his family unfolded at the charming wedding of his adored daughter, Elizabeth, where he offered music along with delightful and humorous commentary. We will miss his dry sense of humor, his fine story telling talents, his obvious adoration of his grandchildren and his descriptive words of his garden's beauty.

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Diana and Ed Sheridan
City: Lopez Island
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 4/13/2017

Time: 3:22:04 PM

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Raymond was generous in sharing that which he had in abundance - knowledge.
I'll remember him fondly.

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Tom Reyes
City: Bainbridge Island
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 4/13/2017

Time: 12:18:19 PM

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Missing Raymond and his wry sense of humor!

Sending our love to Margaret Chang and the rest of his family,

Jill and Brian Quick

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Jill Anne Quick
City: Bellingham
State: WA
Country: USA

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