BOSTON – Dorothy Tsui Tang passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Boston. She was 92.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1919, in Jinan, China, to Tsui Shih-Chieh and Wu Chu-Ping. She graduated from St. Xavier Nursing College in Chicago. She met her future husband, Stephen J. Y. Tang, who came to study at the University of Illinois from Shanghai, China.
In 1943, Dorothy received a direct commission from Franklin D. Roosevelt into the Army Air Corps as a non-citizen second lieutenant nurse at Luke Airfield, Ariz., where she learned to love flying. Stephen and Dorothy proudly became citizens and were married in Phoenix in 1944.
After the war ended, they returned to Illinois, where they raised three children in Park Forest and Urbana-Champaign. In 1972, her husband retired as a professor of architecture at the U of I to teach at the University of Oregon in Eugene. There she earned her pilot's license. In 1987, Stephen retired from the U of O and they relocated to Boston. Stephen passed away in 1993.
Dorothy leaves her sister, Lily Tsui of Eugene, Ore.; her son, Stephen (April) of Boston; her son, Michael (Dianne) of Dracut, Mass.; her daughter, Janet (Wayne Stimens) of Boston; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Details at Waterman Funeral Home: www.bostonharborsidehome.com.