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1、Alexander Samson(澳大利亚)
1 October, 2009

Lester Institute Alumni Association
Shanghai

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCATION OF THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE ‘NEW’ CHINA. MARY AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR ‘CHINESE BORN’ ORIGINS.
Regards to all
Alex Samson Ph. D. (Class of 1945)

 

2、薛君仁(美国)

5565 Terra Granada Dr., Apt.1B
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Email:cpetesih@yahoo.com
Tel.(925)939-2567
September 20, 2009

Dear Lester Schoolmates
  I have been fortunately receiving your alumni newsletters (the latest in July 2009) addressed to me without a house number. Our post office lately announced that letters without a full address from now on will not be delivered. So please be sure to correct your record to ensure that I will not miss future correspondences from you.
  I am a graduate of Henry Lester Institute’s 1942 Civil Engineering class, and I can recall some of my classmates names: 尤祥祯、应仁荣、周礼庠、汪敏勇、许德光, and 杨鸣九(Mech. Eng). I have considered writing this letter in Chinese, but I already had difficulty in reading many of the Chinese articles in the newsletters, and seeing how 祥祯兄 has been translating many of the articles, I’m requesting that he’ll grant me the kindness to translate this letter.
  I left Shanghai in 1947 on a Chinese government scholarship to study City Planning in U.S. graduate schools for 2 years. I went to Cornell University and enrolled in the Archtectural Dept for a major in City Planning and also for a minor in Structureal Engineering in the Civil Eng. Dept. My C.E. professor, Dr. Winter, liked me so much and succeeded in switching my major and minor. It ended in my getting a Master in C. E. degree in 1949.
  Before I got my M.C.E. degree I came to New York City in the winter of 1948 and obtained part-time engineering work and starting classes at Columbia University. As a part-time-work-study graduate student I stayed in the International House on Riverside Drive, near the Riverside Church and Julliard School of Music. At Julliard I met Helen and we were married in Sept. 1950 in the chaple(石注:可能是chapel) of Riverside Church I was 30 yrs old, 59 years ago. Also in 1950 Congress passed a special Displaced Person Act so we could all apply and obtained U.S. citizenship.
  I switched between jobs and eventually settled down with TAMS Engineers with a main office in NYC and branches all over the world. I worked first on bridge projects and later mostly on highway and airport designs. I helped develop computer models, won an airport simulation award, and was named one of the Men of the year by the Engineering News Record magazine in 1971. I traveled for the company to lecture and illustrate the computer models that the company eventually convinced me that a PhD degree was not essential for my performance with the company, so I never went back to finish my doctoral dissertation at Columbia U. I worked as a liaison engineer with the Computer Dept till 1975, when I became the Director of the Computer Center at TAMS, extending computer work to include project management and tracking company finances, I developed networking and workstations so people can share work from different locations. Two years before my full retirement I worked part-time at home, and using a PC computer at home I can monitor my department perconnels’ work on their computers in the office.
  In 1987 I fully retired and after traveling and visiting several friends already retired, we decided to move in 1989 to our present address in the Rossmoor retirement community where over 8000 people with average age close to 80 lived over 3000 acres of land. We have 2 golf courses, 8 tennis courts, 4 swimming pools and a fitness exercise center. We have 5 clubhouses and over 200 organizations in recreation, hobbies, social activities like dancing, singing and games. The weather here is nice all year round so most of us can spend mornings golfing, tennising, swimming and afternoons indoors gaming, hobbying, etc. We even find time to do volunteer work to help others. I myself spend a few hours each week at the Rossmoor computer center.
  We have a son and a daughter, both in the academic field,, and 4 grandchidren at college age. They all move to California from the East Coast since we moved here. Our son Andrew at UC Davis north of us and our daughter Barbara at Stanford U. south of us is each about an hour’s drive time from us. They trans port us to visit eavh other, as we no longer drive on the highway, especially at night.
  Since I left China in 1947 we never had a chance to come back until 1973. We came not only to Beijing and Shanghai, but also some inland cities where I gave lectures on computer usage. In Shanghai we visited 杨鸣九 and probably met many Lester schoolmates. I can‘t recall exactly how many times I met with Lester schoolmates in our other return trips, but it seemed like more than once.
  In conclusion let me again thank you for the wonderful newletters and also, especially the booklet “Bequest and Memory” edited by Ms.房芸芳. It really brings back precious memories. I’m also enclosing a check of US $40 to help pay the postage you spent sending these wonderful documents to me.
  
Yours very gratefully,
Peter Sih  薛君仁
  
PS,祥祯兄,你有e-mail地址吗?
  
Dear Peter,
  We thank you very much for your sending us a check of 40 US dollars and we are very glad to read your letter introducing your outstanding learning and work experiences and also your happy life after retirement in the States, We will publish your letter in our next newsletter and we firmly believe that not only your classmates but also the whole alumni will be much interested to read it after a long separation of more than 60 years.
  We posted a copy of your letter to Mr. 尤祥祯. We think he will give you a reply directly.
  Mr.尤祥祯does not use computers, but he lives with his daughter, so you may use his daughter’s e-mail address, that is:
zhen_you.jenny@yahoo.com.cn
  As for your mail address, we will add your house number to it to guarrantee that from now on our newsletters will reach you in time.
  Best Regards,
  Bao-ren Shi,
  Secretary,
  Lester Institute Alumni Association
  
尤祥祯学长对来信的译文:
亲爱的雷士德校友们:
  有幸不断收到通讯(最近一期09年7月),未注门牌。邮局最近通知以后地址不全就不递了。请一定修正你们的留底,确保来件不致遗失。
  1942年我毕业于雷士德工学院土木系,记得同班有:尤祥祯、应仁荣、周礼庠、汪敏勇、许德光和杨鸣九(机械系)。我曾考虑用中文写这封信,但阅读通讯上不少文章已有困难,再看到祥祯兄不少译文,就请他把此信译成中文吧。
  1947年我获得中国政府奖学金离沪去美攻读都市规划,预备班二年结业。我进科内尔大学,注册建筑系,主科都市规划,又在土木系副攻结构工程。我得宠于土木系教授温脱博士,从而把我的主科副科转换了一下。结果我于1949年获得土木工程硕士学位。
  在获得此学衔前,我在1948年冬来到纽约市,并参与非全日制工程工作并在哥伦比亚大学攻读,作为业余工作者,又是硕士进修者。我住河滨大街,国际大楼,靠近河滨教堂和朱丽亚音乐学院。在朱丽亚我遇到海伦,1950年9月我们在河滨教堂结婚,那时我30岁,59年过去了。在1950年国会通过专门的移民法,这样我们都申请而获美国公民身份。
  我转换了若干工作,终于在TAMS工程公司站稳了脚。该公司总部在纽约,分公司遍布全球。我最初搞桥梁工程,以后大部分是公路和机场设计。我协助开发计算机模型,获得一项机场模拟奖,并在1971年《工程报导》杂志上被命名为“年度名人(Men of the year)”。我为公司到处作讲演,展示计算机模型,因此公司终于承认我在公司的表现,一个博士学位就并不重要了,所以我就不再回哥伦比亚大学去完成博士论文了。1975年前我作为计算机部门的联络工程师,随即被任为TAMS计算机中心主管,扩大计算机工作,包括项目管理和掌握公司财务。我开发网络和网站,使人们从不同地点分享工作。在我完全退休二年前,我在家进行部分工作,在家就利用个人计算机监控在办公室里本部门人员的计算机工作。
  1987年我完全退休了,在走访一些退休朋友后,在1989年我们决定搬进现在的住所罗丝摩(Rossmoor)退休社区,那里有8000多人,平均年龄约80岁,占地3000多英亩。那里有二个高尔夫球场,8个网球场,4只游泳池和一所保健中心。有5处俱乐部,还有200多种游乐项目供爱好者及社交,如跳舞,歌唱和游戏。那里气候适宜,大多数人都能在早晨打高尔夫,打网球,游泳,下午在室内作游戏,尽兴各自的爱好,等等。我们还做些志愿者助人的好事。我就每周还在罗丝摩计算机中心化上几小时。
  我们有一子一女,都从事科技工作,有4个孙辈,都上了大学。从我们搬到这里后,他们都从东岸搬到加利福尼亚。儿子安得鲁在UC Davis, 在我们北面,女儿巴巴拉在斯坦福大学生,在我们南面,驾车一小时都能到达。他们开车接我们相聚,因为我们已不在公路上驾驶了,尤其在夜间。
  1947年我离开中国后,一直到1973年才有机会回国。我们回来不仅到北京和上海,还到一些内地城市,我去讲演计算机应用。在上海我们去了杨鸣九家,还可能碰见一些雷士德同学。我记不得究竟在我们回来时遇到多少次雷士德同学,似乎不止一次。
  最后,允许我再次感谢你们寄来精彩的通讯,尤其是房芸芳女士的《遗产与记忆》。它确实引起可贵的回忆。随函附上US$40支票一张,作为寄给我那些精彩文件的邮资。

                          薛君仁

 

[雷友通讯2010.1月刊(总第116期)之四]

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