Ted Chen retires

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.

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(from left to right) Marian Chen, Dr. Ted Chen, Dean Pierre Buekens, Dr. Min-Ho Huang, Dr. Paul Whelton

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.

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Dr. Chen’s two children, Constance and David, look on proudly.

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.

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Dr. Chen thanks the crowd.

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.

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Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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