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The James Yao Wiki

This Wiki web is being set up to collect stories about Jim Yao as well as to collect useful information for those who suffer from Parkinson Disease as Jim does. Jim's wife Anna passed away in 2006; there is a Wiki web site set up to celebrate her life].

Also take a look at which is Jim's site for his paintings and paper foldings.

In August (2007), Jim (with help from Tina, Tim, Kristiana and Sunny) gave a wonton folding class at the Benedale Center.

December 23, 2009: Jim Yao passed away at home at the Benedale Center (under hospice care) with his son Tim, daughter-in-law Nan and granddaughter Kristiana holding his hands. Here is the draft obituary.

Funeral logistics

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel in Lisle, Illinois (googlemap).


Jim's ashes are interred beside Anna's in Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, Illinois.

Stories about Jim

Please feel free to create a login for yourself and to enter your stories here. If there are any stories posted which the author would prefer not to be listed, please contact Tim Yao to have them removed.



Jim and Anna established three scholarships in Civil Engineering in their name:

  • Anna Lee and James T. P. Yao scholarship at the University of Illinois
    • You can make checks payable to the University of Illinois Foundation (or U of I Foundation), and put in the memo section CEE Yao Scholarship. If you wish to contribute online, go to the U of I Foundation secure website and select other from the menu and put in CEE Yao Scholarship.
    • University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801-2962
    • Telephone: 217-333-0810; Fax: 217-333-5577
  • Anna Lee and James T. P. Yao scholarship at Purdue University
  • Anna Lee and James T. P. Yao scholarship at Texas A&M University


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