Harry Kuo-Deng Ligh Memorial Lecture Fund

Through the generosity of family and friends, a fund has been established at MOCA in the memory of Harry Kuo-Deng Ligh.  The purpose of the fund is to preserve the history of Chinese in the United States by creating durable audio, video, and multimedia presentations of the experience of individuals and groups since their arrival here.  It is intended that the principal of the fund be invested to generate income to fulfill this purpose without diminution.

Harry Kuo-Deng Ligh was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Lai Kai Soon and May Tom, on September 6, 1920. He moved to New York City in 1925.  He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1938, and from the University of Kentucky-College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1942.  He did extensive post-graduate engineering work at Columbia College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in New York City.  He became a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, and Georgia, and spent most of his career designing fossil fuel, hydroelectric, and nuclear power plants for EBASCO Services Inc. (currently Texas Utilities, Inc.).  He retired in 1985. He is buried in the Valley of the Temples on Oahu, Hawaii.


For more information on the legacy of Harry Kuo-Deng Ligh, please contact the Development Department at (855) 955-MOCA and direct inquiries to development@mocanyc.org.