Shih-Chung "Charlie" Chang M.D., E.M.B.A.

Shih-Chung "Charlie" Chang, MD, EMBA age 67 of Collinsville, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 11:28 pm at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

He was born in Tainan, Taiwan to Mr. Morning and Chin Chang on October 1, 1944. It was an era of great change for the people of Taiwan amidst a civil war in China, which overflowed into their little island. He was the eldest of three brothers: Shih-Hao, Dr. Shih-Lieh, Dr. Shih-Jen and one sister, Yia-Hwey “Tina” Hsieh. While attending Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Dr. Chang served as a Second Lieutenant, medical army personnel, during which he aided a near fatally injured United States Air Force pilot who was forced to land on the base Dr. Chang served. The following year, a three-star general flew from the United States to Taiwan specifically to meet Dr. Chang and to bestow military honors and appreciation for saving the pilot’s life. After graduating in 1968, Dr. Chang began practicing as a pediatrician at the Taiwan Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Taipei.

In 1969 with scarce personal resources, he immigrated to America and worked at the Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. The following year, he married his beautiful wife Sheow-Hwey Ueng. A year later, they moved to Maplewood in St. Louis, MO where Dr. Chang trained in the OB/GYN department of St. Louis University Hospital. In 1973, his first child, a daughter was born. His affiliations included the Gateway Regional Medical Center, formerly St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Granite City, IL, Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL and Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In 1975, Dr. Chang opened his own practice in Collinsville and personally delivered his second child, a son in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he established personal residence in Collinsville, IL, the self-proclaimed “horseradish capital of the world.” Dr. Chang, along with the creative direction of his wife, built a medical surgical center in Maryville, IL known as Chang’s Medical Arts Surgicenter which he proudly opened three days after he personally delivered his third child, a son in October 1980. The building with its signature round glass entrance has been an identifying marker in Maryville, IL for more than a quarter of a century and now continues to serve the community as Anderson Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Chang’s professional achievements included serving as Chairman of Anderson Hospital’s OB/GYN department and later as Chief of Medical Staff of Anderson Hospital, President of the Madison County Medical Society, and Clinical Associate Professor of Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital. In 1991, he founded the Asian Advisory Committee at Southwest Bank of St. Louis in order to assist the lending and credit needs of the Asian American community. Dr. Chang also received his EMBA from Washington University in 1994. Dr. Chang proudly delivered thousands of babies during his lifetime, many of whom were second and third generations from the same family.

Dr. Chang was passionately dedicated to the community. His activities included the following: president of North American Taiwanese Medical Association—St. Louis Chapter in 1994; president of Taiwanese Association of America—St. Louis Chapter in 1996; 1997 Chair of the Midwest Plains Conference; founding committee member of Taiwan Publication Fund; Taiwanese presidential candidate Ming-Min Peng campaign coordinator for greater St. Louis in Taiwan’s first free and democratic presidential elections in 1996; founding board officer of the North American Taiwanese Professors Association; supported the Taiwanese American Citizens League, Formosa Association of Human Rights and Formosa Foundation; founding member Taiwan Center—Greater Los Angeles; in 1998, co-founded with his wife, Friends of Taiwan—Greater St. Louis and their premier program the Overseas Culture Exchange Tour and Exhibition between Japan, Taiwan, and the United States; and co-founder of community philosophy club in 2002. For those who knew Dr. Chang as a peacemaker, it is no surprise that in 2006, he received certification in multi-ethnic community mediation serving the St. Louis Ethnic Mediation Council.  He enjoyed stimulating conversations, including those shared in the Taiwanese Salon Club for more than 20 years, and particularly those involving global politics, economics, health, and philosophy. He was always up for a good game of ping pong or a relaxed round of golf and playing harmonica.

Dr. Chang retired in 2004 in the wake of growing health issues; however, he still found the strength to serve on the board of deacons for three years at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in St. Louis which was founded by his father decades ago. Dr. Chang was blessed to meet two of his grandchildren before his health significantly deteriorated earlier this year. Dr. Chang passed away on the night of May 8th, 2012. He was 67. Dr. Chang is survived by his loving wife, and his three children: Irene (and her husband Eric and son Logan), Peter (and his wife Anne and daughter Amelia) and youngest son, Kevin.

Despite coming to America with merely a suitcase and broken English, like many immigrants to the United States, Dr. “Charlie” Chang faced great challenges and beat all odds establishing a life of contribution and dedication to serving people and bringing life into the world. He consistently reminded us that “giving is better than taking.” Though far in distance, his generosity never wavered and his heart never diminished for the betterment of his birth country of Taiwan. But America was his home and he never took for granted the support the community gave to him and never refused any opportunity to give back to the country and community which adopted him and became home for him and his family.

A Memorial Gathering will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, May 12th, 2012, with Memorial Services at 4pm at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street (Hwy 159), Maryville, IL 62062.

Memorials may be made to Anderson Hospital Foundation, Attn: Alice Drobisch, 6800 State Route 162, Maryville, IL 62062 or to the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, 542 Ries Road, Ballwin, MO 63021.

疼主 疼人 活出永恒生命

愛家 愛鄉 典範長存世間

張世聰醫師回歸父神 安息主懷

 

1944年10月1日,張世聰醫師出生於戰後的台灣台南,雙親為張茂霖先生、張琴女士,在家中排行長子,有三位弟弟張世豪、張世烈、張世仁和一位妹妹張雅惠。張世聰醫師畢業於台中中山醫學大學後,服役陸軍預官少尉醫官,曾急救過一位在他服役的基地迫降受重傷的美國空軍飛行員,事隔一年,一位美軍三星將領由美國飛到台灣,頒予張世聰醫師榮譽匾額,感謝他救了那位飛行員的性命,當時在軍中和學校留下一段佳話。1968年, 張世聰醫師進入位於台北之基督教台安醫院擔任小兒科醫師,從此開啟他一生疼主疼人、懸壺濟世、愛家愛鄉、奉獻桑梓之豐富人生。

 

1969年,在當時台灣十分窮困的年代,張世聰醫師在毫無援助的情況下,排除萬難隻身移民來美。來美後首先在芝加基督教共濟會醫療中心服務,第二年,他與美麗嫻淑的妻子翁秀蕙結縭共組家庭。婚後,張世聰醫師夫婦來到聖路易,張世聰醫師在聖路易大學醫院接受婦產科訓練,為日後張世聰醫師享譽婦產科界奠下基石。

 

1973年,長女張維倫出生,張世聰醫師也完成訓練,開始陸續在伊利諾州花崗岩市聖伊莉莎白醫院,瑪麗維爾市安德森醫院,和密蘇里州聖路易市邦恩斯猶太兒童醫院服務。期間累積無數臨床經驗,醫術為人稱道。1975年,張世聰醫師決定在伊州科林斯維爾市自己開業,並於1976年親自為自己的第二個孩子張維德接生。

 

張世聰醫師在有「芥茉之都」之稱的科林斯維爾市期間,和能幹又有創意的妻子一起努力,在該市創立了張氏醫療外科手術中心,在開幕三天後,1980年十月份,張世聰醫師很高興的再為第三個孩子張維文親自接生。時至今日,25年來,張氏醫療中心有帷幕式圓型玻璃進口大門之建築已成為伊州瑪麗維爾市著名地標之一。

 

張世聰醫師在醫學界仁心仁術,濟世救人,曾擔任安德森醫院婦產科主任和全院醫務部院長,伊利諾州麥迪遜郡醫師公會會長,華盛頓大學邦恩斯猶太醫院臨床副教授等職位。數千餘個新生命經由他的接生來到世間,有些還是同一家庭裡的第二代和第三代,可以想見張世聰醫師多麼的受到敬重。

 

在關懷社區奉獻鄉里,提昇亞裔地位方面,張世聰醫師堅持信念,努力不懈,1991年,獲有華盛頓大學企業管理碩士學位的張世聰醫師在聖路易西南銀行創立亞裔顧問委員會,擔任主席,協助亞裔社區申請急需之信用貸款創業基金,是聖路易地區金融界之創舉。張世聰醫師亦曾擔任北美州台灣人醫師協會理事及台灣教授協會理事,1994年擔任聖路易台灣醫師會會長,1996年擔任聖路易台灣同鄉會會長和台灣首次開放民主選舉彭明敏總統候選人大聖路易地區後援會總召集人,隔年擔任美中西區平原區理事長,亦積極參與推動全美台灣人權協會,台美公民協會及Formosa Foundation,他也是大洛杉磯台灣會館創會會員,台灣文庫創會董事,更於1998年和妻子翁秀蕙一齊創立大聖路易地區台灣之友會,曾數次率領台灣之友會訪問團訪問日本、台灣,並與美國本地作台日美藝術文化交流。張世聰醫師還喜歡與台灣沙龍會,二十餘年來融入世界政治、經濟、健康等的會談討論,並於2002年與齊教授成立哲學討論會。他也在2006年接受聖路易Multi-Ethnic Community Mediation Training多元族群社區的調和訓練,是聖路易多元族群協調會 (St. Louis Ethnic Mediation Council) 的和平使者,不停的關懷社區和平。他喜歡,高爾夫球和乒乓球都打的很好,球品也好,打高爾夫球時,不急不徐,非常瀟灑,球友印象深刻,張世聰醫師就是這樣一位謙沖君子。

 

2005年,張世聰醫師退休後,雖然健康狀況因素不佳,但愛主生信心,得恩惠,他依然在他的父親於幾十年前創立的聖路易台灣基督長老教會擔任執事三年,於一輩子行醫救人退休後,因事奉主而繼續服事眾人,關懷會友,為基督徒立下一個好榜樣。

 

四十多年前,帶著一隻皮箱和不流利的英文,張世聰醫師來到美國,經過重重困難和堅持服務人群信念,謙卑事主,他與主同在,不斷的為世界帶來快樂的新生命,「施比受更有福」是他一生最大的原則,張世聰醫師熱愛家鄉台灣和移民新地美國,人生旅程,一切都是上主賜予,他有著無私的付出和回饋,滿心歡喜回報父神的眷愛。

 

2012年5月8日,68歲的張世聰醫師在妻子翁秀蕙、長女張維倫、女婿Eric、外孫Logan、長子張維德、長媳林宜君、孫女Amelia、次子張維文陪伴下,走完這趟美好的人生旅程,回歸父家,安息在主懷中,他活出永恆的生命,他的典範長留在人們的心中。

 

Memorials may be made to the following:

  • Anderson Hospital Foundation, Attn: Alice Drobisch, 6800 State Route 162, Maryville, IL 62062
  • Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, 542 Ries Road, Ballwin, MO 63021

 

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