Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Judge and educator honored

Retired Judge Arthur S.K. Fong and Lucille Wong, a pioneer in television instruction, are the United Chinese Society's Model Mother and Father of the Year.


Arthur S.K. Fong: The former Circuit Court judge is active in community service

Fong practiced law with his older brother before becoming deputy attorney general in 1958 for 10 years. He was assistant attorney general until 1970. From 1974 to 1984 he was a Circuit Court judge. He is still practicing law.

At the beginning of her career, Wong was a speech therapist for the Easter Seals Society of Hawaii for handicapped children on Kauai. After moving to Honolulu, she started the prize-winning speech program at Kaimuki Intermediate School. She became a pioneer in educational television in 1965 and is well remembered for her popular kindergarten/first-grade speech series, "Talking Time."

She served as a director in the Learning Services Division for the Pacific Mountain Network and helped establish the national Wilbur Schram Award of Excellence, which honored instructional TV programs. Wong also held a variety of national positions in the field. Upon her retirement in 1986, the Pacific Mountain Network, consisting of 10 Western states, gave its first Distinguished Service Award to Wong.


Lucille Wong: She has earned national recognition for her work in educational TV

Both Model Father and Mother have children who are accomplished professionals, one of the society's criteria for selection.

Fong and his wife, Victoria, have seven children. They are Wendy Wai Nan Fong Tsou, Peter Chew Kwong Fong, Valerie Wai Hin Fong Chang, Dr. Andrew Chew Ong Fong, Carolyn Wai Doong Fong Chang, Mary Wai Ha Fong and Daniel Chew Hee Fong.

Wong and her husband, Daniel W. Wong, have two children, Lorinda Wong-Lau and Danton S. Wong.

Highlights of Fong's activities include director of the Hawaii National Bank from 1991 to the present; arbitrator and mediator of the National Board of Accredited Mediators; past officer and director of the Kapahulu-Moiliili Lions Club for more than 45 years; president of the Waialae Country Club; director of the Hawaii State Bar Association; and founding charter member and director of the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees.

Wong has been a volunteer for the Hawaii International Film Festival; a speech contest judge; a member of the Aloha United Way board of directors; organizer for the 1989 Chinese Bicentennial Celebration; 1979 president of the Associated Chinese University Women; past president of America Contract Bridge, Unit 470; assistant bridge instructor; and an active member of First Presbyterian Church.

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