Peter Yi-Ming Yin, of Fremont Calif., formerly of Buffalo, a retired chemist and area Chinese community leader, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) of pneumonia complications in St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn. He was 83.
Born in Chang Chow in China's province of Chiang Su, Yin grew up during the tumultuous years of the Japanese invasion and occupation.
As a young man, he was an accomplished student-athlete who met his wife, the former Hua-Nien Chien, while attending China's Southwest Associated University during World War II.
In 1948 he immigrated to Denver with his wife and two young children. He received a master's of business administration degree from Denver University and worked for Shell Chemical Co. until 1962, at which time his family moved to Buffalo. He then worked at Bell Aerosystems in Wheatfield for 19 years, where he became the group leader of the analytical chemistry lab.
Throughout his life, Yin, together with his wife, was very active in the Chinese community. He was a charter member of the Buffalo Cubic Investment Club.
His son Tom of Madison, Wis., said, "He was the embodiment of the successful immigrant, as he readily made friends with co-workers and neighbors, but was proud of his Chinese heritage, and the academic successes of his children and family."
After retiring from Bell in 1982, his extended family often met for reunions at vacation resorts throughout the United States and Canada.
"My father was loved for his unfailing good-nature, witty stories, spontaneity and infectious smile," his son said.
Besides his son and wife of 58 years, Yin is survived by two other sons, Frank of St. Louis and Jerry of Huntington,; three brothers, Richard of Kensington, Md; Ye-Ho of Boston, Mass., and Yi-Hong of Beijing, China; two sisters Shao of Qingdao, China, and Jia of Beijing; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, Calif.