Dr. Paul H.M. Guo
Dr. Paul H. M. Guo was born in Taiwan, 1937. He graduated with a BSc, 1960 and MSc, 1964 from National Taiwan University, Taipei and received his PhD in 1972 from the Technical University of Hanover, Germany. He and his young family immigrated to Canada in 1972. Eventually they would move to Seoul, Korea when Dr. Guo began his tenure with the World Health Organization.
Dr. Guo had a remarkably diverse career:
- Lecturer, National Taiwan University 1964-67
- Research Scientist, Technical University Hanover 1967-72
- Senior Project Development Engineer, Environment Canada 1972-78
- Technical Advisor, World Health Organization, Seoul, Korea 1978-84
- Water Quality Advisor, WHO Environmental Health Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1985-88
- Director, WHO Western Pacific Regional Environment Health Centre, Kuala Lumpur 1989-96
Dr. Guo retired from the WHO in 1996, splitting time between his childhood home in Taiwan and Canadian residence in Toronto.
His sons, Peter C.H. Guo (BSc, MBA from U of T) and Dr. Hans C.T. Guo (BSc, MD from U of T), felt they had received a good start, both in education and employment, from the Zoology Department. The sons also met their spouses, Dr. Brenda Tan (BSc, MD) and Dr. Anne Kawamura (BSc, MD), at U of T and were married on campus. As a family, the sons chose to honour the gift of education by creating a scholarship in the name of their father at the Department.
Dr. Guo passed away in 2020 and is survived by his wife, Helen M.H. Guo, his two sons, two daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren (three of whom also enrolled at U of T). After establishing this endowment, members of the Guo family continue to support U of T and its future generations with recurring donations throughout the years.
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