Cheng-Tzu Thomas Hsu, Ph.D.
December 18, 1941 - July 31, 2014
Cheng-Tzu Thomas Hsu, Ph.D., 72, of Hazlet, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Chapin Hill in Red Bank, New Jersey. Tom was born on December 18, 1941 in Luodong township, Yilan county, Taiwan, where he grew up. While living in Taiwan, Tom studied and received a degree (B.S.E.) from Cheng-Kung University and graduated in 1964. He also studied at the College of Chinese Culture (M.S.) and graduated in 1967. After graduation, he moved to Canada, where he studied at McGill University (M.E., 1969). In 1969, Tom relocated to the United States, settling in Connecticut to study at Yale University (M.S., 1972). After completing his studies at Yale, he returned to Canada in 1972 to complete his Ph.D. at McGill University and graduated in 1974. On December 18, 1976, he and his wife Ursula were married and in 1978, they returned to the United States and settled in Hazlet, New Jersey to raise their family. Since 1978, Tom has worked as a professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was predeceased by his parents, Mao-Cheng Chiang and A-Mei Hsu. Tom is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 38 years, Ursula (Trivino) Hsu, his loving children, Anthony Hsu and his wife Lynne of East Lansing, Michigan and Jennifer Hsu and her husband Adam Taylor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with his dear twin brother, Chains-Sun "Sunny" Sea, and many other cherished family and friends. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and Monday morning, August 4, 2014 from 8:15 to 9:00 AM at the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3269 State Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday morning, August 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 727 Highway 36, Union Beach, New Jersey 07735. Entombment will follow at Marlboro Memorial Park Cemetery, 361 NJ/Route 79, Marlboro/Morganville, New Jersey 07751. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cheng-Tzu Thomas Hsu, PhD can be made in support of the Transplant Institute at Jefferson. Please make checks payable to Jefferson/Transplant Institute and mail to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th St., Suite 700, Phila., PA 19107 or donate online at For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit,

Funeral Information


Sunday, August 3, 2014 2:00 to 4:00 PM Monday, August 4, 2014 8:15 to 9:00 AM


Mass of Christian Burial Monday morning, August 4, 2014 9:30 AM Holy Family Roman Catholic Church 727 Highway 36 Union Beach, New Jersey 07735


Entombment Marlboro Memorial Park Cemetery 361 NJ/Route 79 Marlboro/Morganville, New Jersey 07751

Terry and Betsy Taylor

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Somrat Punurai and Family

With heartfelt condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dr. Hsu. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Dr. Mon & Babette De la Paz

Our deepest symphaties to You and your family...

Louie & Mindy Treybal

Our prayers of peace for your family are with you.

Sean Park and Moon Choi

I am deeply saddened by the news of your father's passing. My prayers are with you and Lynne.

Dr.Wonsiri Punurai and family from Thailand

Dr.Hsu worked very hard for the development of engineering science. His dedication to the ACI engineering community to his NJIT students was unparalleled. I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of Professor Hsu passing. I wish to send my deepest condolences and donations to his family from Thailand. May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Pedro R. Munoz and Wife Paula A. Munoz from Ne

My Prayers, Thoughts, and Deepest sympathy on the passing of Dr. Hsu who will always be in my heart and soul for the rest of my life, I pray to God for his eternal rest and comfort to his wife Ursula, children, and family. Dr. Hsu has left a bit of himself to so many students and professionals that learned from him for so many years, will never forget his sense of humor and encouragement to so many that he guided and taught during his years at NJIT. Will be inmensely missed ... May God have him in his eternal house foerever.

Punurai Family

We would like to send our deepest condolences to Professor Hsu's family. We would like to thank Professor Hsu with our loves and great respects. We wish that all his good deeds in producing good people who help societies will send him to heaven. May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Sun Punurai

Prof. Hsu is the person who changed my future. 14 years ago, he was the one who can see my potential as researcher with his guiding and supporting, I can have opportunity to study and working in USA. I still away remember the way he taught, his sense of humor, his hospitality to his students and his advisee. He was very patient about my English skill and collecting a lot of wrong grammar written. The picture in my head showing the writing with red pen all over the place in my report is alway in my mine for every time I have to collect wrong grammar to my young staff. Without him, my life as international structural engineer will never fulfill and will be no Dr. Sun at the Expressway Authority of Thailand in this day. Although he passed away from this world but what he has done and his goodness will alway in my memory. Please god bless him and accept him to heaven.

Dr. Mohamed Mahgoub

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)has lost one of its top professors. I have known Dr. Hsu personally as the man of dignity and integrity. He has taught me a lot and used to be humble and straight to the point. The smile was always on his face. This is really a great loss!! My thoughts and prayers are due to his family!

Xiaobin Lu

I am shocked at this sad news. Dr. Hsu is my dear Ph.D advisor. He is the nicest old gentleman I have seen in my life. He was so generous to me when I was pusuing my Ph.D degree in NJIT. His humor and passion have inscripted deeply in my heart. I will always miss him and will remember for ever the happy time doing research with him in NJIT. He will always be my teacher, in the past, at present and in the future.

Taha Marhaba

We are deeply saddened by the news of Professor Tom Hsu's passing. Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. Our heart felt condolences to his wife and family. The Deaprtment of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT will not be the same without Tom.

Heidi Young and family

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Hsu for the past five years and he was a wonderful and caring man who loved his family as well as teaching. He will be sorely missed.

Bob Dresnack

On a personal level, I will sorely miss Tom as a dear and respected colleague at NJIT.His warm smile and always pleasant demeanor never waivered even during these past difficult years for him.Our future students will sadly never intersect with this wonderful individual.May he rest in eternal peace,and may his family be somewhat consoled by how many lives he positively touched during his long tenure in our Civil Engineering Department.

Yazdan Majdi

I had the pleasure of having Dr. Hsu as my professor and research advisor. He was caring, supportive, knowlegable, organized and had such a strong personality that I was always inspired by. I learned a lot from him and he made an ever lasting impact on my academic life. I will miss him forever and wish to send my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Steven Chien

I am deeply sorry when I learn the passing of Professor Hsu. He was a nice gentleman and always willing to share his view point with colleagues at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, NJIT. I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Mehdi Zarei

As Dr. Hsu's last PhD student, I have had the honor of working and learning from one of the most knowledgeable professors in the structural engineering for the past 3 years. I have always been, and will be, so proud to introduce Dr. Hsu's equation of concrete columns and his other many contributions in this field to my colleagues and other structural engineers. In every meeting with Dr. Hsu, I learnt something important and precious which has helped me in both my research and career. His guidance, support, kindness, and sense of humor will be truly missed. I wish to send my condolences to his family. May he rest in heaven.

Fadi Karaa

I am very saddened by the news of Professor Hsu's passing. He was a great person in every respect, and by his work and positive attitude, he has inspired his Colleagues, and made significant impacts on many practitioners and researchers in his field and beyond. We will miss his smile and energy. May he rest in peace.

Jay Meegoda

It is with deep sadness I write this. Tom was a giant in our department with his teaching, research and service. Also he is a gentlemen with honesty and integrity. We are all going to miss him.

Denise TIerney

I didn't know Professor Hsu, however my daughter Melissa was in his class. I am sorry to hear this sad news but happy that my daughter was lucky enough to have him as her Professor at NJIT.

Scott Cavanaugh

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Dr. Hsu's family at this sad time. I had the pleasure of learning from him over the past 5 years throughout the course of my enrollment at NJIT in pursuit of my masters degree. I had Dr. Hsu for 6 of my 10 classes, and enjoyed his classes for both his mastery of the subject matter, as well as his sense of humor. I received my final grade from him this May after two independant research courses where I performed research directly for him and his PhD students. He was, without a doubt, my most favorite and influencial professor I had throughout college. I will miss him greatly.

William Pennock

I am very saddened to learn about Dr. Hsu's passing. I count myself privileged to have learned reinforced concrete design from him. His lectures were full of enthusiasm for the material and he made them fun. He was always quick to make analogies between concrete and other more familiar aspects of life or to make a joke to help us to focus on the material. He was humble and easy-going as our professor, but the levels of his respect for the field and his expectations of us were both quite high. I saw him take personal interest in my development as a student, and I am very grateful for his influence in my education.

Anthony Hsu

Thank you for all your prayers. My father will always be remembered for his humor, kindness, and intellect. May his soul rest in peace. AMEN.

Anthony Hsu

Happy Birthday.

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