Engineer embraced heritage, education, Scouting
Gim Eng distinguished himself through the years by serving his adopted country during World War II and involving himself in his church and the local Chinese community.
“Dad entered the Army Air Corps in 1943, where he was assigned to the Pacific. As an information gatherer, he monitored the movement of enemy troops in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines,” said his son, Ronald Eng of Troy, Mich.
Gim Eng of Monroeville, who emigrated in the 1930s from China to join his father in the United States, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Golden Living Center in Murrysille. A retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. nuclear engineer, Mr. Eng was 89.
During the Cold War, Mr. Eng was assigned to the naval shipyards in Virginia, where he was involved in the construction of mechanical systems for atomic aircraft carriers and later nuclear projects at Bettis Atomic Laboratory in West Mifflin.
His son, Ronald, a General Motors engineer, recalled what it was like growing up with a father who stressed the importance of education.
“Dad, himself, had a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City and completed course work for a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Dad was also devoted to the Boy Scouts and spent years as a Scoutmaster,” said his son, who recalled their involvement in camping. “He was pleased when I attained the rank of Eagle Scout.”
Mr. Eng served on many community boards, notably the Pittsburgh Chinese Church, Pittsburgh East Chinese Church, Organization of Chinese Americans, On Leong Association and Chinese Benevolent Association.
“Dad was so involved in the Chinese community that former Gov. Dick Thornburgh appointed him to be the Chinese commissioner of the Pennsylvania Heritage Commission,” Ronald Eng said.
“I really enjoyed working with my father at the annual food festivals that were held at the Civic Arena and convention center, which Dad helped to organize.”
In addition to his son Ronald, Mr. Eng is survived by his wife, Linda Khuu Eng, whom he married in 1981; grandchildren Christopher and Michael Eng; brothers King Eng of Virginia and Sau Eng of New York, and his stepmother, Yuk Eng of New York City.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh East Chinese Church at Grace Reformed Church, 398 Hochberg Road, Monroeville.
Interment with military honors will follow in Restland Memorial Park in Monroeville. Arrangements by Gene H. Corl Inc., Funeral Chapel and Cremation Center in Monroeville.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or email@example.com.
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