Chau-ming Lee, 65, Asian American Civic Association Executive Director, passed away peacefully on June 6. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Lee immigrated to Boston from Hong Kong. As executive director of the AACA since 1982, he helped thousands of individuals with immigration inquiries. He oversaw the opening of AACA’s 87 Tyler Street headquarters in 2007, a big change from the agency’s humble beginnings in a Chinatown basement in 1967.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of Chau-ming,” said AACA interim Executive Director Mary Chin. “He was a tireless advocate for immigrants and a friend to all in the community. We express our sincere condolences to his family.”
Under Lee’s leadership, AACA served economically disadvantaged Americans and immigrants from 125 countries by providing unparalleled skills training, career counseling and job placement, ESOL, and immigration services.
“Chau-ming was my greatest supporter and will be dearly missed,” said Richard Goldberg, AACA Director of Education, who has worked 23 years at the agency. “His favorite saying was, ‘Be quick to listen and slow to speak.'”
Lee attended the University of Hong Kong and Boston College. Prior to serving at AACA, he was a social worker at New England Medical Center, which is now Tufts Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons in-law and two grandchildren.
Here are Chau-ming’s funeral arrangements:
Visitation on Monday, June 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. at Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman-Waring-Langone, 580 Commercial St., Boston.