(左起) 楊世良夫婦, Dr Lew Fikes, 劉耿銘夫婦

Dr. Lew Fikes,1973-1975年擔任東海大學化學系系主任,後自Ohio Wesleyan University退休,東海畢業後將近四十年 第一次相見歡, 2014年01月20日 攝於Irvine, California, USA (16 化學 劉耿銘 照片提供 )

Reflection from Stan Young

Dr. Fikes retired several years ago. A devoted Christian, He does volunteer work after retirement, participating in Habitat for Humanity; building and repairing houses for the poor. He shared a bit of his personal stories with us while in Irvine. It was a great reunion.

To me, he is an excellent teacher in that he made sure that students knew what he was teaching.

Sorry for not keeping up. I have been busy; went back to Taiwan twice last month for family matters.

Best,

Stan Yang

... I just came back from Taiwan with my wife for a family visit. I am sure you are very proud of your son. It is a long and hard process to become a physician but very rewarding. Good luck on his study.

Since you have the photo already, here is some capsule information that may be interested to our classmates about Dr. Fikes. (Stan, feel free to correct me if my memory is not right.)

  1. How did you end up teaching in Tunghai University? — “ I came from a very poor family and was very limited in my knowledge of the world outside of USA. After my Ph.D degree from Ohio State University, I really want to expand my understanding of the world. Martha, my wife, helped me know our Lord. Through the church, I was offered the opportunity to teach abroad. The contract was 3 years and I needed to take a psychological test to make sure I was ready for this job. I also had one month of teaching training before I came to Tunghai. This turns out to be a very important chapter of my life. My first daughter was just one year old when we arrive and our second daughter was born in Taiwan. So she has double citizenship !! "
     
  2. What are some memorable moment when you were in Tunghai?— “ I was made the Chairman of the Department only after one year. That was a surprise but now I knew why. I was a foreigner and can take the tough job of dealing with a dysfunctional faculty (laugh!) My accomplishment in Tunghai with students was trying to build up their self confidence of learning, for themselves and not for others. One event I still remember about Class of 1975. Shortly after I posted the final grade of that class, the whole list of grade report disappeared. I was furious and thought this was not very nice. I asked my TA to tract it down. She was able to find out who did it. The group of students who admitted the removal of the grade list told me another story that really surprised me. They said that shortly after the posting, someone made a lot of question mark behind the grade, apparently questioning how could these persons get such grade. They thought it may embarrass me and decided to remove it.”
     
  3. If you have the chance, would you join our class reunion? — “Stan told me that you may have a 40 years reunion in November 2014 in Taiwan. I will ask Martha if she can make the trip back to Taiwan with me. That will be awesome ! "

My own comment — Dr. Fikes is really a teacher that many of us want to express our appreciation and thanks. He brought us the clarity and understanding of what Organic Chemistry ought to be. His influence on our class is very clear. Many of us who pursued a graduate degree end up in Organic Chemistry area.

Thank you (BB) for sending us many interesting info in the past.

耿銘 (Keng-Ming Liu, MD)
Meeting with Dr. Fikes in Irvine, CA, on Jan.20, 2014.