Sun, Aug 19, 2007 - Page 2 News List

University to honor late instructor

By Hsieh wen-hua  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Taiwan University president Lee Si-chen comforts Chang Mei-ying, the wife of the late assistant professor Hsieh Huann-ju, who was allegedly beaten to death by a suspected drug addict. Hsieh's daughter stands next to her mother.

PHOTO: LIAO CHEN-HUEI, TAIPEI TIMES

National Taiwan University (NTU) said yesterday it would establish a scholarship in memory of assistant professor Hsieh Huann-ju (謝煥儒).

Hsieh was an assistant professor at the university's department of plant pathology and microbiology. He was allegedly beaten to death by a suspected drug addict, Yang Chen-tang (楊振堂), while riding his bicycle near Youth Park on his way to work on July 23.

NTU president Lee Si-chen (李嗣涔) said yesterday that Hsieh's wife Chang Mei-ying (張美瑛) had originally intended to give all donations to Hsieh's funeral to set up the scholarship to help students from poor families.

"We asked her not to do so because professor Hsieh is survived by his three children, and they need the money to finish their education," Lee said at a funeral service for Hsieh yesterday morning.

The service was held at the Taipei Second City Morgue. In addition to Hsieh's family members, about 500 people, including Hsieh's students, braved the fury of Typhoon Sepat to pay tribute to Hsieh.

Police alleged that Yang, who might have been under the influence of drugs, attacked Hsieh for no apparent reason. Yang was still wandering at the crime scene when police arrived and discovered that Hsieh was unconscious. The professor was rushed to hospital but died in the afternoon.

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