In Memoriam: Alumnus Jeremy G. Chan

Jeremy G. Chan passed away in Medford, NJ in a boating accident on May 29, 2010.  He was 23 years old.

Born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, on September 26, 1986, Jeremy attended Mountain Lakes High School before matriculating to the University of Pennsylvania.  Jeremy excelled at Penn, earning selection to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society on his way to graduating magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and minors in mathematics and economics.  Jeremy also helped to found and served as first pledge chair of the Tau Gamma Chapter of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity at Penn.

Jeremy worked in Princeton, NJ for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to American health and health care.

He is survived by his loving parents, Wellington and Lillian Chan of Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Jeremy is also survived by his brother Justin and sister Jessica.

Memorial and interment services were held June 2 and 3 in Denville, NJ and at Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown, NJ.  More than a dozen of Jeremy’s classmates and brothers from Penn attended the services.

As a founding member of Theta Tau, Jeremy put brotherhood above all and his dedication and love for his friends were an inspiration to those who knew him. In Jeremy’s memory, the brothers and alumni of Theta Tau and Penn are establishing a yearly honor to be awarded to the brother chosen as most helpful to his or her fellow brothers and engineers.  To suit Jeremy’s signature style, the award will take the form of a specially embroidered Penn baseball cap.  For more information or to contribute, please contact Daniel White (