Rosina C. Chia

  • Born: February 24, 1939
  • Died: August 22, 2020
  • Location: Palo Alto, California

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Dr. Rosina Chih-Hung Chia (February 24, 1939 - August 22, 2020) was born in Hong Kong, and then spent her early years in China, then Hong Kong, and eventually Taiwan. She attended the Taiwan Second Girls High School and National Taiwan University, where she majored in psychology. In 1962, she moved to the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan on the Barbour Scholarship. After receiving her masters and doctorate degrees in psychology in 1969, she began her 40+ year career as a professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her career began in the Psychology Department and concluded in the Global Understanding Program where she was well ahead of her time in using video conference technology to bring international students together to learn from each other. During her tenure at ECU, she advanced to become the first female Chairman of the Department of Psychology, and later took on administration roles, serving as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and the Ombudsman for the University. Upon her retirement, she moved to a senior community in Palo Alto, CA in 2012. Rosina was a beautiful, happy, and optimistic person – vivacious, engaging, humorous, enthusiastic and driven, and at the same time, warm, caring, gracious and giving. She loved to talk, travel, read, and make friends. And she was good at it, with a wide range of friends, new and old, around the world. She was passionate about research and teaching, and making a difference in the lives of others. And she was good at that too, making a significant impact in the lives of so many, both in her personal life and ECU teaching life. She often said she had a blessed and fortunate life, and she did.
Survivors include her son, Eugene Lao (Courtney), daughter, Renee Hansen (Mike), her beloved grandchildren, Jason and Erin Lao and Anna and Caroline Hansen, sisters Jeannie Fu and Jihzheng Ma, ex-husband (Y.J. Lao) and many extended relatives. Special thanks to the staff at Channing House for their gracious care and support during Rosina's time with them.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dr. Chia was one of my best professors in ECU's Psychology Department; she helped me in graduate school and was always available to listen, provide advice and guidance. She was also a friend.

Posted by Craig Williams - NC - Student   October 05, 2020

Rosina:
Was a wonderful woman and role model. She will be missed but more importantly her legacy will live on through the global initiatives that she created.

Posted by Elaine Seeman - Winterville, NC - Teacher   September 10, 2020

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Rosina was a wonderful lady! So caring, friendly, giving and FULL OF ZEST. She lived, loved, laughed and WOW what a great legacy. Wishing her family and friends Peace and comfort.
Rhonda Jordan

Posted by Rhonda Jordan - Gville, NC - Coworker   September 10, 2020

She was the first Chinese friend I made when I moved into Channing House last year. We shared many things of Taiwan where we came from and I visited ECU last year too. Because of the pandemic, did not see her at the end. Like to know her Chinese name and family if possible.

Posted by tom tsai - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   September 09, 2020

Rosina and i exercised together for many years at ECU during lunchtime aerobics. She was a wonderful, friendly, cheerful person. May she Rest In Peace
Ulla DITTMAR

Posted by Ulla Dittmar - Greenville, NC - Coworker   September 07, 2020

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Rosina had a great impact on my life and I will never forget the trip we took to Vladivostock, Russia to set them up as a partner in the Global Understanding Program. She helped me to grow in ways that I am still realizing. She was one of the most caring people I've ever known. I have and will continue to miss her.

Posted by John Southworth - Greenville, NC - Coworker   September 04, 2020

Rosina was a very giving person, a rare person. To know her was to love her. She will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers for the family.

Posted by Carol McLawhorn - Greenville, NC - Friend   September 03, 2020

Such an important academic leader at ECU with a very strong legacy. We all benefit from her great work!

Posted by Ron Mitchelson - Greenville, NC - Coworker   August 31, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Rosina's passing. Although she worked in the Department of Psychology and I was in the College of Business at ECU, she would come to our office fairly often. She was always so happy, energetic, and friendly. I loved talking to her. My thoughts will be with her family and I am sure that she will be greatly missed.

Posted by Della Harrell - Winterville, NC - Coworker   August 31, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful person- one of those rare people that made you feel good just to talk to her. She will be missed.

Posted by Steve Childers - Blacksburg, VT - Family Friend   August 30, 2020

Professor Chia ( "Rosina" ) had a great impact on my life. She was brilliant, courageous, caring, and truly gracious. She stood out as a person of the highest integrity. All of us who knew her couldn't help but admire her. We all benefited from her good example. She lives on within all of us who were privileged to know her and work with her. Most sincerely, James H. Dautremont, J.D.

Posted by James H. Dautremont - Greenville, NC - Coworker   August 28, 2020

My condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Vivian Tsou - Denver, CO - Family   August 28, 2020


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Professor Chia ( "Rosina" ) had a great impact on my life. She was brilliant, courageous, caring, and truly gracious. She stood out as a person of the highest integrity. All of us who knew her couldn't help but admire her. We all benefited from her good example. She lives on within all of us who were privileged to know her and work with her. Most sincerely, James H. Dautremont, J.D.