Frances L. Chu

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Born in Shanghai, China on January 1, 1930

Departed on July 21, 2020 and resided in Briarcliff Manor, NY

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CHU-Frances Liang. Longtime resident of Briarcliff Manor, NY, she passed peacefully on July 21, 2020 (visiting Columbus, OH), joining her husband Norton Yuen Chu. Survived by son Roderick G. W. Chu and daughter Laura Burke (David), grandchildren Steven Fadden (Shari Rosenzweig) and Karen Fabbri (Gian), and great-grandchildren A.J. and Alexandra Fabbri. Born in Shanghai on January 1, 1930, she attended McTyeire and Utopia University, immigrated to NYC in 1948, and married Norton. She exemplified living the American Dream, raising a wonderful family, attaining career success as a pioneer in data processing with Pan American World Airways, IBM, Chemical Bank (its first female VP), and Saks Fifth Avenue, and community organizations–the first female Rotary Club President in the world (Chinatown NY Rotary), recipient of Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, founding president of the Westchester Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), and other distinctions. Funeral services will be handled by Ballard-Durand in White Plains, NY and limited to her immediate family. Interment in Kensico Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Frances' name to your charity of choice.

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  1. Robert L Lenseth Sr August 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Frances was a great lady! As a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in Westchester County she played an active role in renovating the Chapter’s facilities on North Broadway and was active in recruiting new Board members. Frances contributed to the day to day fiscal strength of the Chapter as we responded to the needs of county residents devastated by local disasters and working to train residents in First Aid, CPR and Water Safety lifesaving skills. She will be missed.

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