GRADUATES WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES who said goodbye during the spring commencement. So did Dr. Ted Chen. Or perhaps it was so long for now.
Chen, professor of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, officially retired from Tulane University as of the end of the academic year. Chen taught at Tulane for 24 years following a career that took him from Taiwan to the U.S., and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.
Over the years he served at Tulane, Chen became a much-loved professor, a huge proponent of cross-collaboration with Taiwan, and a respected authority in this country and in Taiwan on tobacco control and cessation.
Friends and family members recognized Chen’s years of service and dedication at a small gathering after the school’s end-of-year awards program.
Attendees included Dr. Paul Whelton, the Show Chwan Health System Chair in Global Public Health and former senior vice president of health sciences at Tulane, Dr. Min-Ho Huang, founder and president of the Show Chwan Health System in Taiwan, members of the third cohort of the Taiwan Asia Elite Leadership (TAEL) program, friends, faculty, and Dr. Chen’s wife, Marian, and his children, Constance and David.
Chen’s retirement does not reflect an end, but rather a pivot in the behavioral scientist’s career. Chen intends to continue his involvement in bringing Taiwanese students to Tulane to learn public health and will continue to strengthen the bridge between the two countries.