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April 2019 marks the 10 year anniversary for TASMUN, the school's very own Model United Nations conference. To honor the decades of alumni who have participated in Model UN and the former faculty who have guided them, we spotlight their stories this month in "MUN Through the Decades".
A worn piece of paper with painstakingly inked gothic lettering and faded signatures. A pair of yearbooks with dark blue covers and golden lettering pressed into the leather, slightly worn at the edges. Many alumni have donated pieces of their own history back to the school, and in doing so, helped pass on their own memories of the school to others. Here are three alumni from the 1950s and 1960s who have recently shared their own donated items and memories with the TAS community of today.
When Dr. M. Samuel Noordhoff passed away in December 2018 at the age of 91, he was mourned by the entire country of Taiwan. As a famed medical missionary who served in Taiwan for over 40 years, Dr. Noordhoff pioneered the field of craniofacial surgery in Taiwan, performing over 10,000 cleft lip and palate surgeries himself, and founded the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in 1989.
To Anne Noordhoff Lin ’80 and her three siblings, however, he was simply Dad. Upon his passing, Anne returned to Taipei recently in January 2019 to celebrate the life of her father with the friends and colleagues in Taiwan who knew him well, and to take on the mantle of the family legacy that her parents have passed on.
Where is Taiwan headed in the 21st century? Who will come here to live, work, and invest? How will Taiwan stay relevant on the world stage? Many people in Taiwan may want to debate these weighty questions, but David Chang ’99 is actively working on an answer. After working in politics and law in New York state, he moved back in 2010 to work on projects that would impact Taiwan. Through the translation platform WordCorp and his new project Crossroads (www.crossroads.tw), David hopes to make it easier for companies and individuals to come to Taiwan and for companies and individuals in Taiwan to make their mark on the world.
Imagine marrying a girl you met in high school forty years later. This may sound like the plot of a Nicholas Sparks novel, but it is the actual real-life story of Lesley Hall ’79 and Jim Smith ’78. Forty years ago, they both lived in Taipei, where they attended TAS. Four years ago, their lives reconverged at a TAS reunion in Virginia. This year, they tied the knot in Santa Fe, New Mexico.