With profound sorrow I must announce the passing of Wendy Chung, PhD.
“Dr. Chung was an Associate Professor in Alliant School of Management at Alliant International University. She published in the fields of global leadership, organizational culture and integrated marketing communications and presented and spoke at international and national conferences on issues of diversity, cross-cultural management, global leadership and negotiating the organizational culture of diversity in global organizations. Dr. Chung received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Howard University.”
Dr. Chung was my research and writing partner and together we published articles and presented at conferences in Hawaii and Alaska. She was one of the authors of Disabled Literature. Once a week or so Wendy and I would speak on the phone or text until after midnight. Occasionally it ran until 1 or 2 in the morning. We discussed our book, classes, research, presentation trips and more. We wrote a book that way. We wrote articles and designed courses that way. She will be missed by her colleagues, friends, family, and most certainly me.
Wendy loved what she did. She loved the pursuit of understanding. The accumulation and dissemination of knowledge yes, but even more was understanding the knowledge. She insisted that her students understand and how to use what they understood. She genuinely liked students, and their futures mattered to her.
When it came to education she was fearless. She would take on a new project, write a new paper, present at a new conference, and speak anywhere if it helped the school or helped someone – anyone – learn something new. Simply put, people mattered to her.
One of my fondest memories is watching her in a snowball fight in Anchorage, Alaska after a presentation we did. Her son, my son, and Wendy, in 15 degree weather, snow falling, and they’re in a snowball fight. She could move from intellectual to snowball fighter in a breath. That was Dr. Wendy Chung.
She made a quiet impact that will last – because of her students – for generations.