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Saturday, August 27, 2022
4:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Starts at 5:00pm (Central time)
Dr. Shyi Yi Huang, 89, passed away on July 29, 2022, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born on June 12, 1933, in Tainan, Taiwan, to Ten Siu Huang and Jing Tzu Kao, the fourth of six children. He graduated from National Taiwan Normal University and served two years in Taiwan’s military. He married Mei Tao Lin on April 10, 1960, and they immigrated to the United States in the mid-1960s.
Dr. Huang successfully pursued graduate studies and earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in microbiology from Baylor University. The family lived in Dallas for about 10 years before moving to Kingsville in the 1970s. Dr. Huang spent the vast majority of his career as a professor and researcher in the biology department at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, which later became Texas A&M. His research included multiple studies involving Western diamondback rattlesnake venom. He also worked for three years at the Texas A&M and U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Center in Weslaco.
Dr. Huang believed the best things in life are free, and he was a man of simple pleasures. He enjoyed books, coffee, good food, music, tennis, fishing, and keeping up with politics and current events via newspapers, magazines, and TV news. He could talk to anyone about almost anything, and laughed loudly and often. He had a wonderful baritone singing voice and sang everything from Christian hymns to Beatles hits.
Browsing bookstores and libraries was one of his favorite pastimes. A voracious reader, his most prized possessions were the hundreds of books he owned. He signed and dated each one. He admired and studied the lives and work of the modern masters of Western art and had many volumes detailing their paintings.
In his retirement years, he spent much of his time learning to paint and created dozens of portraits of family and friends. He also became active with the Kingsville Chinese Christian Fellowship, regularly hosting meetings and social gatherings at his home for years, and providing a “home away from home” for international students.
Dr. Huang is survived by his wife, Mei Tao Huang; four children, Kuo Fon (Kim) Huang, Song Zun (Yi-Ping) Huang, Sophia Huang (Pete) McKenzie, and Margaret Mei Huang; and eight grandchildren, Stephanie and Rachel Huang, Aaron and Evan McKenzie, and Alyssa, Hannah, Chloe and Jack Huang.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 27, followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dr. Huang’s memory be made to Corpus Christi Chinese Church. Please send donations by mail to 6701 South Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX, 78413, or electronically at 2bc.org/give/. Select “Corpus Christi Chinese Church” in the FUND dropdown.