Messages of condolence
I am deeply saddened. Jim was a pioneering researcher in structural engineering, a kind-hearted person, and a great human being. Our profession will miss his loss greatly. My deepest condolences to you and other members of his family. We need to publish a short story of his life in ASCE News. With sorrow, Hojjat Adeli Abba G. Lichtenstein Professor Editor-in-Chief, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Editor-in-Chief, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Neural Systems
I am going to miss Jim, but will always remember him. Jim is "one-of-a-kind" and I consider myself very lucky to even be associated with him. He should be proud to be the father of you and your sisters. Unhappy though the news may be it is a closure that we all must face. When your mother passed away, I wrote Jim: "Birth, Aging, Sickness and Death are natural passages we all make", in an effort to comfort him even though there was a chance he might take my words the wrong way, because I knew he might not be able to bear the loss of Anna. I am sending you these same words now. Grief has its role but Jim would love to see you and family carry on. With warmest thoughts, - Felix
I am saddened to hear of your father's passing, he was such a good friend!! I hope he will find great peace and meet up with your mother, they were such wonderful people. Barb and I loved them both.
Tami and Hitoshi Furuta
Dear Tim and family: We are very sorry to hear that Dr. Jim Yao has passed away. Jim is one of pioneers and leaders in the field of structural reliability and control and fuzzy logic in civil engineering. We spent seven months at Purdue with Jim. Hitoshi begins his true life as a researcher since the stay. Jim has taught lots of things for us. We remember that we visited twice Texas and had wonderful time with Jim, We hosted the 10th ICOSSAR at Osaka last September, unfortunately Jim was not able to come Japan again. We would like to thank JIm for his guidance and friendship. Tami and Hitoshi Furuta
Dear Tim: I am very sorry to hear the news. It is a terrible loss for his family and all those of us who loved and admired him. On the other hand I think that his death was a blessing for him given his condition. I will keep in my prayers together with your mother. My best wishes and warm regards to all of you.
Tim: I am very sorry to hear this. Jim led a full and rewarding life, and we all missed him as a mentor when he left A&M. We will miss him all the more now. Lee Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E. <><
Larry and Dottie Soong
Dear Tim: We were so sorry to hear the passing of your father. Your parents and we had been close friends for over 40 years, and had been in close touch until your father retired. We were close not just as friends but also as colleagues working in closely related fields. We have fond memories of them spending a month at Buffalo with us, and of attending your father's retirement symposium, where we also had the chance to see you and your family again. Your father was good hearted, generous, truly a scholar and gentleman. It is comforting to know that he spent his last few happy years with you and your dear family. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend his funeral. We extend our deep sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fondly, Dottie and Larry Soong.
Tim and family: Your dad was such a kind man. While leading Civil Engineering at A&M, he treated all with equal courtesy and respect - it was his nature. He somehow seemed to always see the best in everyone even when there was plenty of reason to see otherwise. I remember foundly his years with us and join his many friends and colleagues in the sorrow of his passing. Harry Jones Civil Engineering Texas A&M
David and Karen Blockley
Dear Tim Colin Brown has just emailed me that your Dad has died. We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We haven't seen Jim for a number of years though we did visit each other when he was at Purdue and he came to Bristol UK where I live on a couple of occasions. We used to meet up regularly at international conferences. I remember your Dad as a very friendly and kind man who always had time for everyone. He was encouraging of me and my work in a way I will always value and remember. I know these words are only a small comfort at times of loss but I did want you to know how much he was valued by someone so far away in the UK. With very warm wishes David & Karen Blockley University of Bristol
Tim, I am really sorry to hear the bad news. My condolences. I still remember Uncle Jim shipping an overcoat to me when I first arrived in New York many years ago, worrying about the cold weather's impact on me. I will let my father know as well. Please say hello to Shana and rest of the family. Regards, Shipei
Dear Tim: This is indeed sad news. My condolences to all of Jim's family. I look at the nearly forty years that I had known him. The first impression is of a devoted family man. Anna and the family was always his first concern. My professional relationship with him was a pleasure; he was always honest, sincere and intelligent. These are wonderful attributes which must be dwarfed by the tragedy of recent times. With very sad thoughts, Colin Brown