Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yeo Kok-cheung 楊國璋 (1926)

Yeo Kok-cheung, Florence Ho-Tung and children, 1937.
updated October 28, 2013.

The first Chinese to be Appointed Director of Medical and Health Services.

Name variations: Yeo Kok-cheang; K.C. Yeo. b. April 1, 1903, Penang - d. May 22, 2004, Battle, East Sussex; MBBS 1925, MD 1930 (HK); DPH (Cantab) 1926; DPMH (Lond.) 1927. registered to practice Hong Kong January 13, 1926. Hong Kong Government, Government Civil Hospital 1926; Assistant Medical Officer of Health 1927; Chinese Health Officer, Senior Grade 1939; Deputy Director of Health Services, Health Adviser to Urban Council 1947; Deputy Director of Medical and Health Services 1950; Director of Medical and Health Services 1952-58 (the first local civil servant to rise to the substantive position of a department director). First Unit Controller, Auxiliary Medical Service 1952. HKU, Lecturer and examiner in Public Health 1928; Lecturer in Public Health 1936-38; Chair Professor of Social Medicine 1952-57. President, HKCMA 1932. JP (official) 1938. Official Member of Legislative Council 1951-57. Vice Chairman of Urban Council. England nlt.1963. Senior Hospital Medical Officer (Psychiatry), St Ebbaís Hospital, Epsom, Surrey 1963. Honor: CMG 1956; WHO Traveling Fellow 1948.

Protestant. s/o Yeu Kim Hong of Penang.
m. Florence Ho-Tung 何孝姿 , March 24, 1933; b.1916; d/o Robert Ho-Tung 何東 and Clara Cheung Ching-yung 張靜蓉.

[Yeo, who lived until 101 years old, claimed himself the holder of the world record in sitting ups for his body weight for several years.]

Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, January 15, 1926, Notice #25. / The Telegraph, November 13, 2004, Obituaries, K.C. Yeo [internet].


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