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Seh Ieh Chou

Seh Ieh Chou

Monday, January 11th, 1932 - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Seh Ieh Chou, of Natick, “Shikigi” as he was known to close family, passed away peacefully at home with family surrounding him on March 19, 2019 at the age of 87. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Fen T. Chou, he was the devoted father of Peggy Chou and Jenny Chou and her husband Chris Smith, all of Newton. Beloved grandfather of Ethan and Lydia Smith of Newton. He was known and loved for his humorous family history stories, and his fondness of good food and wine, and classical music.

He was born in Chingshui, Taiwan and landed a coveted spot at Taiwan University, class of 1955, in Taipei where he studied Civil Engineering. In 1959, at the age of 27, when global travel was still rare, Shikigi left Taiwan and came to the United States for graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin where he earned his PhD in 1965. Subsequently, he settled in Lincoln, Nebraska where he was a professor of Engineering Mechanics at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for over 40 years. He was a lifelong Cornhusker but always preached that academics were more important than football.

After retirement at age 72, Shikigi’s love of travel and his excellent health led him and Fen globetrotting for the next decade. Together with their friends, they visited almost every part of the world by air, sea and land, except for Africa and Antarctica. Shikigi was often the ringleader, organizing and enticing others to join him on the next trip. He was still stubbornly planning his next trip long after he was unable to travel. In a cruel twist of fate, he was diagnosed three years ago with a neurodegenerative condition that robbed him of his mobility and ability to speak, eat and drink. While the decline in his health was difficult, he suffered for only a short time before he passed away.

A celebration of life is planned for early April. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to: ALS Association of MA 685 Canton St; Norwood, MA 02062 or the University of Nebraska Foundation 1010 Lincoln Mall #300; Lincoln, NE 68506
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Ruth Asher

Posted at 02:11pm
Peggy, in memory of your wonderful dad. Condolences to you and your family. Warm regards, Ruth
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Amy Wang

Posted at 08:13pm
I have very fond childhood memories of visiting Dr. Chou and his family in Lincoln, Nebraska. My Father met Dr. Chou, while earning his PhD at U of Nebraska, and they became lifelong friends. We would drive to Lincoln from Chicago, where my Father obtained his first job. Those trips into Cornhusker territory involved eating Valentino’s Pizza, and having fun with Peggy and Jenny. Dr. Chou created a lasting legacy with his warmth, wit, intelligence, and storytelling. May the happy memories that you hold dear, comfort you during this time. Amy Wang and Family

Tong-man Ong

Posted at 08:47pm
It is hard to believe that a wonderful and kind person, Seh Leh, suddenly left us. We took many memorable trips together. It was so much fun to be with him. The interesting stories and jokes he told us are still fresh in our minds. We sure will miss him. - Shu-hui and Tong-man

Wayne Lo

Posted at 02:57pm
Mrs. Chou, Peggy, & Jenny, my heartfelt condolences to you on Dr. Chou's passing. I have many warm childhood memories of our time spent together in each other's homes in Lincoln. Dr. Chou was always so hospitable and my parents always enjoyed spending time with him. I will remember his kind, fun spirit as he joked and kidded with dad whenever they were together. May you find comfort in all the cherished memories we have of him.

Wayne Lo


Posted at 11:48am
May the family of Seh Ieh Chou please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29.

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