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College Receives Gift from Alumnus Joseph Chang '50

February 26, 2013

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The college has received a $400,000 endowment from Veronica Kim Chang in the name of her husband, alumnus Joseph Jin Chang. The college has received a $400,000 gift from Veronica Kim Chang in memory of her husband, alumnus Joseph Jin Chang. The gift will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for academically qualified students with financial need.

Joseph Jin Chang spent most of his career in South Korea, but he always felt a strong emotional attachment to Saint Anselm College. "He was happy at Saint Anselm, and his time there enabled him to go on to Princeton and have a rewarding career," says Leo Chang, Joseph's younger brother.

Joseph Chang grew up in a devout Catholic family. His father, Chang Myon, or John M. Chang, was an ambassador to the United Nations and South Korea's first ambassador to the United States. He was appointed the prime minister of the Second Republic and, prior to becoming prime minister, was twice elected vice president of the Republic of Korea.

Joseph Change graduated with the highest honors from Saint Anselm College. He earned a doctorate at Princeton University, taught at Brown University and Princeton, and conducted biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and at Heidelberg University, the Technical University of Darmstadt, and the Technical University of Aachen.

In 1964, Chang became a biology professor at Sogang University in South Korea. He chaired the department and served as dean of the college of science and engineering, dean of the graduate school, and vice president of the university.

After retiring in 1986, Chang established a marine biological laboratory in Korea and became the editor and publisher of a prominent neurophysiology journal.

He remained a loyal alumnus of Saint Anselm College and contributed generously as a member of the President's Society. He was presented with the Saint Anselm Alumni Award of Merit in 1986 for his contributions to the fields of science and educational administration.

His legacy will help generations of students achieve their academic goals at Saint Anselm College.

Photo: Joseph Chang, class of 1950 receiving the Alumni Award of Merit in 1986 with Dave Tuttle, class of 1953.