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Collected Works of Professor Chi-ming Hou

Irene Liu Hou, widow of the late Chi-ming (Jimmy) Hou, professor of economics at Colgate 1956-91, has assembled her husband's writings -- essays, editorials and commentaries on international economics -- in six volumes published in Taiwan and distributed by Colgate University.

"There is a massive volume of work in this collection, most in English, some in Chinese," wrote Don Waldman, the Richard M. Kessler Professor of economic studies at Colgate and a Hou colleague for more than a decade, in an introduction to Volume IV.

"These volumes serve as more than a collection of articles," Waldman continued. "They serve as a memorial to Chi-ming Hou as well. You will find, therefore, words of wisdom, calligraphy and references to Colgate University as well as all of Professor Hou's published works." The volumes are illustrated with the calligraphy and color on paper works of Irene Hou, an artist of note.

Jack Huang, publisher of Taipei's China Post, which carried Hou editorials, wrote of his colleague: "His scholastic background, strong command of the English language and ability to stand on the sidelines and watch Taiwan's economic juggernaut thunder on as an impartial observer enabled him to write unbiased editorials which would intrigue the minds of layman and analyst alike."

Born in Hobei, China in 1924, Professor Hou held degrees from Fu Jen University in Beijing, the University of Oregon and Columbia University. At Colgate he chaired the department of economics and served as director of the division of social sciences. In 1968 he was named the Charles A. Dana Professor of economics.

Among Professor Hou's contributions to the Colgate community were the development of faculty salary guidelines and the accelerated leave program, and he was instrumental in founding the Asian Studies program and the China study group, which he first led in 1980.

Order Out of Chaos: A Spouse's Handbook for Keeping Personal and Financial Affairs in Order
By John T. Reeve, Professional Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995, 74 pp.

Most people, at one time or other, encounter the need to deal with the affairs of a loved one who has passed away or become infirm. Especially in a time of emotional distress, tasks such as handling bills and assets, notifying officials and cancelling memberships and subscriptions can be overwhelming.

John Reeve '38, an accountant by profession, has written a concise guide instructing readers on how to implement a system for keeping personal and financial records that can make that process easier. Order Out of Chaos: A Spouse's Handbook for Keeping Personal and Financial Affairs in Order outlines a notebook system, complete with a detailed index, for prioritizing and tracking personal documents.

Including a foreword by attorney Eugene L. Joyce, the text outlines how a spouse's notebook should work, suggests items to include in the notebook, and gives tips on issues such as handling personal collections, family accounting, disposing of a business and legal matters.