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Howe, Jean Li-Chun Ma, 1929-2009

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: May 18, 1929 - April 17, 2009

Biographical Information

Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe was an alumni and faculty member of Purdue University. Her career also took her to the University of Maryland, Sao Paulo University in Brazil, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jean Ma Li-Chun was born on May 18, 1929 in China to Ma Tzu-Lian and Grace Huang. She attended McTyeire School and graduated in 1947 before attending St. John's University where she studied pre-medicine. In 1949, one year after starting at St. John's, the Communists took over Shanghai and Ma Li-Chun moved to Hong Kong where she worked to provide for her mother and younger brother.

Ma Li-Chun immigrated to the United States after winning a scholarship to St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in 1953. She earned a Master of Science in 1957 and a Ph.D. in 1965 from Purdue University.

Jean Ma Li-Chun and Robert Hsi-Lin Howe met in China but married in Lafayette, Indiana in 1953. They had three children together.

Jean Howe's career took her both across the country and to South America. She was a Purdue faculty member, taught at the University of Maryland, conducted research at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and was the National Program leader for Human Nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, where she devised proper nourishment for astronauts in the space program.

While in Lafayette, Li-Chun Ma Howe and her husband sang in the choir at Faith Church and supported the Purdue Chinese Student Association by helping to develop programs to promote Chinese culture.

After an 11-year battle with cancer, Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe died on April 17, 2009 in Clovis California where she had been living with her daughter.

Citation

Bosler, S. (2009). [Eulogy of Jean Howe]. Lois Wark collection on Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN.

Citation

Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe (2009). Journal and Courier. Lois Wark collection on Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN.

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Lois Wark collection on Jean Li-Chun Ma Howe

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Identifier: 20180103