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9/24/96

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Memorial service for student Evan Chen

STANFORD -- A memorial service for Evan Chen, a Stanford sophomore who died in July, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Memorial Church. The service will be followed by a reception in the common room of Kimball Hall. The Stanford community is invited to attend.

Chen, a varsity fencer who planned to major in biological sciences and pursue a medical degree, was diagnosed with leukemia in May.

Yul Julius Kwon, Chen's roommate and best friend from high school, worked with the Asian American Activities Center, the Asian Staff Forum, Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist organization devoted to humanitarian causes, to organize blood typing drives on campus and throughout the Bay Area. Chen was of Asian ancestry and a bone marrow match was thought to be more likely among someone of similar ancestry.

A donor ultimately was found and Chen had a bone marrow transplant during the summer. He had been recuperating at home, but his condition deteriorated rapidly in late July and he died July 28 due to infection and complications from the transplant.

Chen is survived by his parents, Wayne and Jiasie Chen, and his sister, Emily, a junior at Stanford. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any contributions be made to a memorial fund that has been established on behalf of Chen. Checks can be made out to Stanford University, designating that the money is intended for the "Evan Chen Memorial Fund," and sent to Stanford University, Office of Development, Attention: Gift Processing, 301 Encina Hall, Stanford, CA 94305-6076.

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