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Dr. Fred W.J. Liu

Something About the Man -

“The world is run by middle men.” The number of times I have heard Dr. Liu utter those words are innumerable. He loved reciting and recording famous quotes and had many of his own. Among his many talents, Dr. Liu had a unique genius in the area of chemistry. He had an uncanny understanding of the pulse of the chemical industry and was a superb salesman.

Listed in the “13 GEORGIA SECTION A.C.S. Biographical Sketches of Candidates,” in which Dr. Liu was listed as Treasurer:

Fred W.J. Liu – Obtained B.S. in Chemistry from St. John’s University,
Shanghai, China; he came to the United States in 1948 to pursue chemistry
graduate work at Temple University (M.A., 1950) and Lehigh University
(Ph.D., 1952). Dr. Liu was chief chemist at Lester Laboratories, East Point,
Ga. 1953-1964, and has been Director of Continental Consultants, Inc.
since 1964. He became a United States citizen in 1961. Memberships include
Sigma Xi, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and AATCC.

Quite often the taskmaster, at the same time Dr. Liu could be the most generous of people. He loved education, and he also loved to educate and was never too busy to take a moment to offer some bit of information or enlightenment to a younger person. Although they had no children of their own, Dr. Liu and Kathleen were good and generous to nieces and nephews and gave generously to children’s homes and charities. Dr. Liu’s brother, Andrew, wrote:

Dr. Liu was a devoted Christian. He always remembered the blessings that he received... All-in-all, he had a good and blessed life. His nice personality, willingness to help others, and his generosity to charities will always be remembered.

Dr. Liu was indeed an exceptional person and truly embodied the “American Dream.” He came to this country to continue his education and seek a better life. He worked hard and pursued his dream of a successful chemical manufacturing and distributing company. He took note of those around him and shared his knowledge and wealth. Just a few months prior to his passing, I was working on a personal project. (In my “other life,” I am a writer and playwright, and one of my plays was being produced at a local theater in my hometown.) When I telephoned Dr. Liu to invite him to the production, his response was. “I cannot let you fail,” and he did not. Dr. Liu did not let any of us fail. Yes, Dr. Liu, the world is indeed run by middle men, and you, my friend, were one of the best!