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12Mar 2019

SPCAA Newsletter - March 2019


Dear Alumni,

We would like to bring you the following news and annoucements:



THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION deeply regrets to announce the passing of Professor Lee Ngok, an influential academic and a veteran university administrator of the Class of 1957, on 1st March 2019. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, to whom we offer our condolences.

The community of SPC should be no strangers to him. Not only was he a notable alumnus of the Class of 1957, his close relationship with the College was also manifested in his essential role as a member of the College Council from 1977 through 2010s (with the exception of 1984-89), during which he had made significant contributions to the College. That he reciprocated the enlightenment of his alma mater with his decade-long service on the College Council well exemplified the St. Paul’s spirits.

Born in 1941 and of Guangdong extraction, Lee received his early education primarily at St. Paul’s College. Upon his graduation from SPC in 1957, he proceeded to complete matriculation in 1959 and subsequently gained admission to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to read History. He obtained his B.A. (Hon.) in 1963 and Dip.Ed. in 1964, followed by an M.A. in History awarded in 1966 with a thesis on reappraising Wang Ching-wei under the supervisions of Prof. Brian Harrison and Dr. (later Prof.) L. K. Young.  Dedicated to historical research, he pursued further postgraduate studies in Britain and earned his Ph.D. in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) in mere two years.  His doctoral dissertation, completed under Prof. W. G. Beasley and Prof. S. R. Schram, was a thorough examination of the tremendous growth of the Chinese Communists Party (CCP) in North China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. 

Lee returned to Hong Kong immediately after gaining his Ph.D. in 1968 for a lectureship in History at the HKU and, after eight years, he became the first Hong Kong-bred Dean of Arts.

In the wake of stepping down from Dean of Arts in 1985, he began to head the Department of Extra-Mural Studies of the HKU with his appointment as its Director-designate in 1986.  He was most instrumental in transforming the Department to HKU SPACE in 1992, percipient enough to see the potential of continuing education in Hong Kong. His commitment to tertiary education continued unabated after his departure from SPACE in 1995, and he was to serve, among others, as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development of the University of Southern Queensland, Executive Director at the Vocational Training Council (1997-2003) and Founding Chairman of the Federation of Continuing Education. He was also renowned for his Vice-Presidentship in UNESCO-HK and his leadership in The World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners (WISDP). Honorary degrees were therefore conferred on him by Oxford Brookes University and Leeds Metropolitan University in recognition of his deep devotion to tertiary education. His long career was also characterized by his active participation in public service, as evident in his roles on various committees, boards and councils.

We are convinced that the SPC community will share the genuine sorrow for our loss of Professor Lee Ngok, and that he will certainly be remembered by our fellow alumni and students to whom he is a 大師兄 with unwavering support for the College and seminal contributions to the tertiary education of Hong Kong.


Professor Lee Ngok's funeral:

Date: 22 March 2019 (Fri)
Time: From 5:00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Funeral Parlour

Cremation ceremony will be held on 23rd March 2019 at Cape Collision Crematorium. 

李鍔教授喪禮,兹定於三月二十二日 (星期五)下午五時,在香港殯儀舘基恩堂設靈,翌日三月二十三日靈柩奉移歌連臣角舉行火化禮。



2. Principal and Headmaster Visit to North America

The Principal Mr. Dennis Yuen and Primary School Headmaster Mr. Michael Mak will be traveling to North America to meet with alumni from 22 March to 6 April. If you are based in the area which they are traveling to, please feel free to contact Alan Chiu at to arrange to meet with them.

The tickets are all booked now and they are as follows:

22 March CX870 Hong Kong / San Francisco 1320/1025 (22, 23, 24 three nights @ Stanford Faculty Club)
25 March AA6041 San Francisco / Los Angeles 1010/1154 (25, 26 two nights @ Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel)
27 March AC573 Los Angeles / Vancouver  1230/1529 (27, 28 two nights @ Hotel Auberge)

* Please note that Mr. Michael Mak (Headmaster of Primary School) is taking CX837 back to Hong Kong on 28 March 1405/1910+1
29 March AC110 Vancouver / Toronto  1030/1757 (29, 30, 31 three nights @ Sheraton Parkway Toronto North)
01 April AC710 Toronto / NY La Guardia Airport  1205/1336 (01, 02 two nights @ Hilton Midtown New York)
03 April AA2162 New York / Boston 1100/1220 (03 04 two nights @ Harvard Club) 
06 April CX811 Boston / Hong Kong 0150/0510+1 Back in Hong Kong on April 7



3. San Francisco Bay Area Dinner Gathering - Principal Yuen and Headmaster Mak Visit

Principal Yuen and Headmaster Mak will be visiting San Francisco this March. We are hosting a dinner gathering event for our guests. Please kindly RSVP by 20 March. For more information, please contact Frederick Wong (88). The date and location are as follows:

Date: 23 March 2019 (Sat)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Venue: Asian Pearl Restaurant (1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030)



4. SPCAA 親子系列 - 參觀天文台 (Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory)


集合地點:Mira Place 1 (尖沙咀彌敦道132號)


請於4月18日(星期四)或之前報名,如有問題,請與Sam Chiu聯絡(9424 7132)。



5. Simon's Happy Hour - March 2019


Date: 12 March 2019 (Tue)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Grappa’s Cellar
Address: 1 Connaught Pl, Central

Please contact Carter Cheung (9192 3898) for further details.


With regards,

Ray Poon (2007)
Honorary Secretary /

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