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Dartmouth Commencement 2004

Posted 06/13/04

Honorary degree citation to Lo-Yi Chan '54 (Doctor of Arts)
Lo-Yi Chan '54
Lo-Yi Chan '54

Born in Canton, China, you first arrived on the Hanover Plain as a ten-year-old. Your father, Wing-tsit Chan, was an eminent professor of Chinese Culture and Philosophy at Dartmouth, who left his own mark on the College. You grew up playing in the Bema, passing easily through the boundaries between town and gown, developing a deep appreciation for this place, and eventually came to Dartmouth. In turn, your own three children also attended the College.

As an undergraduate you majored in Art, and following your graduation in 1954 and two years in the military, you went on to study architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. From there you apprenticed with I. M. Pei, where you began a lifetime commitment to architecture and from whom you said you learned that "an engaging smile is mo re valuable than a Master's degree." As an architect you have designed many public buildings, including the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Beijing University and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences here at Dartmouth.

As Dartmouth's master planner for two decades and under four presidents, you have insisted, "any new part of a much larger fabric woven over two hundred years." You have encouraged the application of principles of both preservation and connection, as Dartmouth continues to build a campus that meets the needs of current students and faculty. Twenty-four years ago, President John Kemeny awarded an honorary doctorate to your father, in recognition of his distinguished academic career. For all that you have done to represent and to protect the best of Dartmouth, I am pleased today to confer upon you, in this great setting you have done so much to preserve, the degree Doctor of Arts.

- James Wright

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