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Offered by:  Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Canfield of Fair Haven and Helm of Castleton

Whereas, in 1968, Castleton State College appointed Pei-heng Chiang as the school’s first full-time political science faculty member, and

Whereas, during the following 32 years, she became an esteemed and popular member of the faculty who won the admiration of her colleagues and students, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang’s annual excursions on which she took students to New York City for briefings at the United Nations and tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were greatly anticipated, enlightening, and memorable events, and

Whereas, in her role as the political discussion group’s faculty advisor, Professor Pei-heng Chiang was instrumental in bringing many authors, scholars, and public figures to Castleton State College to present lectures which greatly enhanced the intellectual life on campus and in the surrounding community, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang’s was born in 1929 and her parents, General Chiang Ting-wen and Chiang Tsai Ven-yuen, selected for her a name which means “a life devoted to fairness and justice,” and

Whereas, after growing up in China during that nation’s turbulent civil war and the Japanese invasion of China, Pei-heng Chiang arrived in the United States in 1947, completed her secondary education at Great Neck High School in New York state, and in 1952 graduated with a degree in history and government from the University of Rochester, and

Whereas, after college graduation, Pei-heng Chiang joined her family, which had relocated to Taiwan, and worked at the Ministry of Education as the liaison to UNESCO and at Soochow University, where she taught English and western civilization, and

Whereas, in 1955, she returned to the United States, earning a master’s degree in political science from the Graduate Faculty of Political Science and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York, and

Whereas, while working on her doctoral degree in the 1960s, also at the New School for Social Research, Pei-heng Chiang served as an instructor in world politics and American government at Queensborough Community College, and

Whereas, in 1979, Professor Pei-heng Chiang was awarded her doctoral degree, and her dissertation entitled Non-governmental Organizations at the United Nations: Identity, Role and Function received special recognition at the New School and was published in 1981, and

Whereas, Professor Pei-heng Chiang received outstanding teaching awards and was named a Vermont Faculty Fellow for the 1999-2000 academic year, delivering a lecture entitled “Reflections on the Teaching of Politics,” that the college subsequently published, and

Whereas, she retired in 2000, and in 2001, Castleton State College honored her with the rank of professor emerita, and

Whereas, she died on January 3, 2008, at the age of 78 in New York City, ending a distinguished academic life, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly expresses its condolences to the many friends of retired Castleton State College Professor Pei-heng Chiang, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to President David Wolk and to Professor Elizabeth Sumner at Castleton State College.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont