Wednesday, December 26, 2007

OCA-East Bay Founder Frank Kiang Memorial Service

Frank Kiang passed away earlier this week. He was a co-founder of the OCA-East Bay and a former board member for OCA-National.

In loving memory of Frank Kiang

June 14, 1943 – December 18, 2007

Frank Fu-Jen Kiang passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 18th, at his home in Oakland, California, after a five year battle with cancer. Born of Liang-Kwei and Pansy Kiang, in Chongqing, China, and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, along with his sister Fu-Ting and brother, Sherman, Frank began inauspiciously as an underachiever who was always getting into trouble. However, after leaving for the U.S. at age 21, he began to realize his potential. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley, a Master's degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. in Economics at Oklahoma State University. He founded what is now Metropolitan Bank in 1981 and held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at the time of his passing.

He sought to raise the standing and visibility of Asian Americans through his activism in the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Asian American Bankers Association, and served his community as a member of both the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Board of Advisors (2000-2007) and the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners (1998-2006).

Even in view of his great professional and community accomplishments, he considered his family his greatest success. He married Rosaline, his wife of 38 years, on February 1, 1969, and had two sons, Henry and Stan. He was a devoted husband and wonderful father.

He was and continues to be a role model and inspiration to his family, friends, and community for his leadership, integrity and humanity.

The memorial service will be held on December 28th, 2007, at 1:00 pm, at the Chapel of the Chimes, located at 4499 Piedmont Ave , Oakland , CA 94611 , with a viewing service on December 27th from 5-8:00 pm.

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