Frank Ngo

Frank Quoc-Hai Ngo

1943 - 2020

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Frank Quoc-Hai Ngo, 76, passed away peacefully in his home in Santa Rosa, California on Friday, January 17th, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born to parents Nai Ying Ngo and Nghe Chung on March 20th, 1943 in Quiming, China. Frank graduated from National Taiwan University with a BS in Physics, then continued his studies with a MS in Plasma Physics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; and later, earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. After his education, Frank spent his entire life dedicated to finding a cure for the disease that ultimately claimed him, with career stops at Argonne National Lab in Chicago, IL; Lawrence Berkeley Lab at the University of California, Berkeley; and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he spent 12 years as the Director of Radiation Biology and NMR Research. He concluded his career as the Dean of the College of Medical Technology and Engineering at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. His love of science and helping others led to over 200 publications in renowned scientific journals. During his career, he served on many Cancer Review Boards, including the Radiation Study Section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Study Section for Biology and Medicine at the Department of Energy (DOE). Outside of work, Frank was passionate about golf and was a talented artist, ballroom dancer and singer. He also loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, spending many weeks there escaping the winter months of the Midwest. He was very fond of the city of Cleveland, where he did extensive work in the community, and was a founding member and President of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Ohio Chapter. One of the biggest thrills in his life was seeing the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Championship. He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; sister, Elisa Ho (Ben) of Portland, Oregon; son, Jeff (Yen) of Santa Rosa, CA (originally Shaker Heights, OH); 3 granddaughters Sydney, Ashley, Courtney; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. A celebration of his life will be held on February 15, 2020 at Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, California from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (
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