Baptist Chemists Holds Retirement Dinner to Honour Professor Albert Lee
To celebrate the happy retirement of Chair Professor Albert Lee, some 140 guests, faculty members, alumni and students attended the farewell dinner held by Baptist Chemists on 23 June 2018.
The dinner was graced with the presence of the University’s Vice-President (Research & Development) Professor Rick Wong, former Dean of Science Dr John Chan, former Heads of Chemistry Department Professor Chan Wing Hong, Professor Ricky M S Wong and Professor Raymond W Y Wong, retired faculty members Dr Margaret Wong and Dr Lai Suk Yin, and the current Associate Head Dr Shiu Kwok Keung.
For many generations of chemistry graduates, Professor Lee is a symbol of dedication, motivation and passion for grooming the younger generation of scientists. He is also a warm, gentle teacher with great patience and compassion. Both Professor Lee and the alumni were delighted to have the opportunity to catch up on this special occasion and together relived many unforgettable memories. During the sharing session, Professor Lee spoke vividly of his invaluable encounters with the students over his 36 years spent at the Department of Chemistry and the University, some dating back to the days of Baptist College (predecessor the HKBU), and in particular of his enduring connections with graduates long after their university days. Several colleagues and alumni also recalled small instances in their interaction with Prof Lee, which inevitably brought changes to their life. They also took the chance to extend their well wishes to Professor Lee as he turns over a new leaf.
Ronald Wong, Chairman of Baptist Chemists presented a gift to Professor Lee to thank him for his great contribution to the Department and the University over the years, and his unswerving support for the alumni association since its founding almost 25 years ago. Student recipients of the Dr Mok Man Hung Scholarship and the Best Undergraduate Research Project Award were also presented with certificates and cheques on the occasion.
The whole evening was filled with warmth, joy and lots of laughter; everyone who attended agreed that it had been a fabulous party, with plenty of sharing and mingling.The event concluded with a grandiose group photo when everybody joined in with their broadest smiles. This truly demonstrates the strength and solidarity of the Baptist Chemistry community. HKBU is not just a place which offers excellent education, but also a place where one can find lifelong friendship.