Mr. Dezi Cong was born on Jan 10th 1938 (Chinese calendar) in a small village in Wendeng, a town on the northeast coast of Shandong Province in China. Born the eldest child to a family of humble farmers, he started working at a very young age in the fields to help support the family and 10 siblings. While most around him at the time were satisfied with feeding the family, he took the opportunity to pursue a college degree in electronic engineering in the nearby city of Yantai. He stayed in Yantai after graduating and started work as a teller in a newly-created local bank. He then joined the Yantai city government in 1966, and was one of the early pioneers in establishing heavy industrial and chemical manufacturing for the city. By age 40, he had risen to the head of the Bureau of Chemical Industry. In 1978, he was tasked to build the first college focusing on transportation engineering for the entire Province. Over the next 20 years, the college supplied over 5000 students with technical and management skills to meet the explosive demand in bridge and road design and construction, constructive machinery, automobile parts, automobile repairs and many other technologies. Over almost 40 years in Yantai, he dedicated himself to the communities he was serving, and inspired people to believe in themselves, and the kindness of people.
He was married to Xinliu Xie in 1969, and raised two daughters together in Yantai.
At age of 70, he took on a new adventure and migrated to Americas to live with his daughters. He loved caring for the vegetable gardens and meeting new friends in Chinese communities in Virginia and Westchester.
He’s survived by his wife of 50 years, Xinliu Xie, daughter Yuqing of Ashburn, VA, daughter Yujie of White Plains, NY and three granddaughters Kaitlin, Kelsey and Eva.