2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music dedicated to Michael Chen

The 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is dedicated to the memory of Michael W. Chen, PhD. He was a good friend of the Festival and son of its founder, Dr. Wen Chao Chen. Michael  frequently inquired about the progress and programming of the festival.

Michael Chen

Michael Chen

“I will miss Mike’s quiet support from afar and, most of all, his wonderful friendship,” says Elizabeth Start, Executive Director of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. 

The following information is provided by Malone Funeral Home.

Michael Chen was born November 18, 1951 and died July 29, 2016.

He was the son of Wen Chao and Lilia Chen. He was married for 35 years to Monica R. Clarke Chen of Allentown, PA.  He received advanced degrees in Chemistry from Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin of Madison.

He was employed by Union Carbide Corporation in the chemicals and plastics industry for over 20 years. During this time Michael was active in catalyst, process, and product technology research and development.  Later in his career he transitioned into commercial management, focused on the development of international joint ventures, global process re-engineering, and organizational/executive leadership development.  Michael completed his working career with Roquette America in commercial and technical food sales and in the business development of ecologically friendly “green” products in the coatings and adhesives industry. Michael was an avid aviation supporter and was involved in the restoration of a B-17E “Flying Fortress” as part of the Kellner Restoration group in Marengo, IL.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wen Chao Chen.  He is survived by his mother, Lilia Chen of Kalamazoo, MI; wife, Monica of St. Charles, IL; daughters Alice and Megan of Oakland, CA and Falls Church, VA; and brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, Philip, Janet, and Dylan Chen of Ann Arbor, MI.

Per his request, a memorial service will be held for Michael in spring 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI. Those interested in sending flowers or making donations are requested to make a contribution to the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, P.O. Box 50566, Kalamazoo, MI 49005.

Arrangements handled by Malone Funeral Home, 630-232-8233.

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