Alumni & UST News

Lasting Legacy

Ray Kwan ‘92 certainly took the biblical call to “honor thy father,” to heart. Over the last year, Ray has worked with UST to establish the Dr. Sik Hung Kwan Physics Endowed Scholarship, contributing $100,000 to support scholarships for Houston-area students pursing undergraduate degrees in Physics.

 

Born in 1935 in Hong Kong to a butcher’s family, Ray’s father, Sik Hung Kwan, received his bachelor’s degree from

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the University of Hong Kong in 1958. He continued his studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and received his PhD in Physics from the University of London in 1965. Dr. Kwan taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for more than 20 years, contributing to the successful careers of countless graduates who would go on to shape much of Hong Kong’s then-growing industries.

Following Dr. Kwan’s passing in 2020, Ray began considering the ways in which he could honor his incredible legacy as a lifelong learner and thought of his own alma mater. Ray understood that a gift to UST’s Physics program could have a transformative impact on our students, and from his own experience, he knew that the faculty here would deliver an education that would make his father proud. We are so grateful to Mr. Kwan and his desire to support UST students for decades to come.

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