Victor Yeh

Obituary of Victor C. Yeh

Dr. Victor C. Yeh, Sc.D, age 90 of New Brunswick, formerly of West Windsor, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at RWJ University Hospital of New Brunswick. Born in Beijing, China in 1926, he emigrated to the United States as a young man. In 1953 he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to teach at NYU, then worked for many years as a Scientific Design engineer at Halcon International, where he was a member of the engineering team that designed the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear submarine. In 1974, he founded the Chinese American Cultural Association (CACA) of New Jersey, a non-profit cultural group devoted to the teaching of the Chinese language to young children via Saturday schools, and to the preservation of Chinese culture and heritage. Today, the CACA has more than 4,000 members. In later years, he became extremely passionate about adapting the written Chinese language to work on personal computers. He dedicated decades of research to inventing and developing a Phonetic Chinese Language System, which made it possible to sort and alphabetize Chinese characters. Son of the late Ye Nan and Yuan Xiaoyuan, he is survived by sons, Albert Yeh, Michael Yeh and his wife Kerry, daughters, Susan Yeh and her husband Jonathan, Rosalind Yeh, Victoria Yeh, and 6 grandchildren. Memorial services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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