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Lin Yuen Fai

Pinyin & Chinese characters Lin Lianhui  林联辉
Variant Spellings & Other Names Lien Luen Fay
Lin Luen Fai

Other Chinese Names 林丽堂
Detachment 4
LaFargue No. 109
Date of Birth 1861
Place of Birth Nanhai, Guandong Province.

Age at Departure for U.S. 15 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death 1900. Died of septicemia while treating wounded during Boxer Rebellion.

Place of Death Tianjin

Place(s) of residence in U.S. Enfield, CT;
1880: Andover, MA

American Host Family/ies Miss C.J. Porter;
1880: Louise H. Eaton (1880 U.S. Census)
School(s), with dates Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Notable activities/ awards in school

College/University, with dates

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Assigned to Beiyang Medical School 北洋医学堂, Tianjin; graduated 1885.

Later Positions Instructor at Beiyang Medical School

Director of Beiyang Hospital (first Chinese director of a Western-style hospital)

1895: Personal physician to Viceroy Li Hongzhang when Li was sent as Minister Plenipotentiary to Japan to sue for peace after China's defeat in Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95. Saved Li's life after assassination attempt.

Employment sector(s) Medicine: Education, Administration and Clinical Practice

Final rank, if in gov't service Fourth Rank Expectant Tong Zhi (Sub-Prefect) of Zhili Region 四品直隶候补同知 awarded 1895.

Father's name  
Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students Elder brother of Lin Yuen Shing (Lin Liansheng 林聯盛IV, 101)

Children's Names Youngest son: Lin Shixi 林世熙: physician educated at Qing Hua, Johns Hopkins; taught medicine at Peking Union Medical College, practiced in Tianjin.

Descendants Lin Cheng-Chi 林正基 lives in Ontario, Canada.

Paul Yang-Kao Lin 林仰高, 4th son of Lin Shixi, is a doctor in Hawaii

Lonnie Mingqing Lin 林明清, daughter of Paul, is a gynecologist in N. Carolina.

Raymond Yang-Chun Lin 林仰进, nephew of Paul, is a cardiac surgeon in Texas

Other Information is drawn principally from: Lee Chee Kong, “CEM Student Lin Yuen Fai and his Contributions to Modern Chinese Western Medicine (Abstract)," paper presented at the Celebration of 150th Anniversary of Yung Wing’s Graduation from Yale and Conference on “Yung Wing and Revival of China through Scientific Education,” Zhuhai, China, November 2004, 李志刚:留美幼童林联辉对近代中国西医事业的贡献(提要), with additional material courtesy Richard Yung.

Notes and Sources 1.The romanization of the middle character 联 should have been "Luen," and not "Yuen" as rendered by Yung Shang Him (1939) and LaFargue(1987).