Joseph Cheng Kuo 1922 - 2005
A memorial Mass for Joseph Cheng Kuo, 84, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Mr. Kuo died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Beijing, China, the son of Chunfa and Chenshi Guo (Simon and Maria Kuo). He graduated from the University of China and had lived in Lawrence since 1968. Mr. Kuo retired from Kansas University, where he was an associate professor with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, in February of 1992. He was previously on the faculty of Yale University, Washington University, the University of Texas and Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. He was a mentor to figures in American diplomatic and foreign policy circles, including John Holdridge, who drafted the Shanghai Communique during the Nixon administration that led to normalization of relations between the United States and China. He co-authored the "Speak Mandarin" series, compiled the "Radio Broadcasts of China" series and contributed to the "Dictionary of Spoken Chinese." He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He married Mary Hua-Ying Koo on Sept. 17, 1948, in Shanghai, China. She died in 1998. Survivors include a daughter, Rose Kuo, Los Angeles; three sons, John, Chicago, Simon, Overland Park, and David, Salt Lake City; a sister, Guo Yanjin, Jinan, China; and three grandchildren. A gathering for friends to share memories will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family suggests memorials to the Joseph and Mary Kuo Scholarship Fund of the Kansas University Endowment Association, sent in care of the mortuary. E-mail condolences may be sent to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, subject: Kuo.