Richard J. Chin

February 26, 1956 - October 18, 2019
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Born and raised in New York City, Richard J. Chin was a gifted student, excelling at math and physics. Handpicked to attend the elite Bronx High School of Science, Rich went on to receive his undergraduate degree at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by postgraduate work at Lehigh University and U.C. Berkeley.

Chin worked for the legendary AT&T Bell Labs as a researcher, where he helped innovate the tertiary compounds used to protect astronauts from solar radiation during space travel, before becoming a tech executive in Silicon Valley.

Rich was very community oriented, volunteering for the Inner City Youth at Risk Program in New York City with Outward Bound, specializing in outdoor adventures and life skills for teens. He taught seminars and mentored students at UCLA in engineering while an international executive for Advanced Micro Devices.

When Chin became a Kumon Instructor and franchise owner in 2013, he combined two of his life passions—fostering young people and enriching his community. In his own words, “I want to help these kids so they can make a real difference in their lifetimes.” Rich made a positive contribution to the lives of countless people. He was widely respected and loved for his intelligence, integrity, good humor, generosity and unfailingly positive attitude.

Rich Chin is survived by his daughter Victoria Chin of Seattle and his son, Brett A Chin of Los Altos, California; his brother Jimmy Chin and nephews Alexander Chin and Jonathan Chin, of Springfield, Massachusetts; his father Nai Gwong Chin, mother Sue Ping Chin; and his beloved partner Brenda Knight of El Cerrito, California.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in the name of Richard J Chin to the nonprofit NGO A Living Tribute, which is dedicated to restoring the planet: https://www.alivingtribute.org/

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Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 am

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Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Time: 11:11 am

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Born: February 26, 1956
Died: October 18, 2019

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Julian Segal posted on 10/30/19

Rich, you were a mensch and a great role model. A man of great integrity, generous spirit, patient, kind. You were so Good to Brenda and the two of you were so great together. Au revoir, my friend. I will miss you.


Natasha posted on 10/28/19

My heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones. May he have a peaceful journey to into his next great adventure.


Joanne Hom-Schuler posted on 10/28/19

We were saddened to hear the news about Rich's passing. How time flies & we realize how many years it has been since we've seen each other last. It is comforting to know that he had been sharing his talents as a teacher and mentoring youths in our area. It seemed like a lifetime ago when Rich and I worked together. My husband, a co-worker/friend at the time, worked for Rich in the Applications Engineering group, when we were all at AMD/Vantis together. It was a fun and exciting time at the company. Rich, although not much our senior, seemed to have life experiences of someone twice his age =) He was always able to enrich any conversation and willing to share sage advice with those newer to the industry. He will be remembered for his smile and his unassuming swagger. Rich, your Vantis family has been thinking of you and all the wonderful memories we shared during the time our paths had crossed. Good Times!


Kimberly L Davis posted on 10/28/19

In memory of Richard J. Chin, Kimberly L Davis lit a candle


Kimberly L Davis posted on 10/28/19

Goodnight Sweet Prince And Flights Of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest


Kim Truong posted on 10/27/19

My kids and I are very sadden of hearing Richard passing away. He was such a warming and caring Kumon instructor. We have been with him over 7 years. He and I sometime set and talked about everything, and he would always give me life tips and stories. I am shocked and very sad to hear this new. The last question he asked me was. “Have you been doing homework at home with your kids, tiger mom?” Now, I will not be able to hear his jokes, funny stories and bright smile again. May he Rest In Peace and be in the gate of heaven.. ❤️❤️😢😢


Uma Thontakudi posted on 10/26/19

I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Rich. He has always been a cheerful, energetic and lively person. We will miss you. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Hope you find strength to get through the tough time, with the beautiful memories of Rich. All of you will be in my prayers.


Kyoho posted on 10/25/19

I especially remember Rich’s bright spirit and big smiles. When we worked together, Rich was a giving person of great character. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Rich. Rest in peace…


Alicia Lara posted on 10/25/19

I am so sorry to hear the news of Richard's passing. He was such a humble and caring person. He made sure to take the time to explain the Kumon program to me and husband. He had made such an tremendous impact on my family and above all my daughter Ahtziri Lara Tzintzuuquixu


Josephine posted on 10/24/19

We are saddened to hear the passing of Mr. Richard. He is the instructor of my daughter in kumon-winchester branch. He's been helping my daughter for almost 4yrs. now. He always have a smile on his face, he listened to you if you have any concerned to your kids homework, he will find someone to help your kid with it. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends and may he rest in peace.


Aaron posted on 10/24/19

Rich. You will be missed. I can still hear your laugh. God speed Brutha.


Debbie posted on 10/23/19

My deepest sympathy, Rich will be greatly missed.


Victoria and Daihieu posted on 10/23/19

Our deepest sympathy and our sincere condolences to the Chin's family. Richard had set a high standard of an intelligent, dedicated person who cared so much for his students, and people around him, including this planet. Thank you for all your contribution and hard work . We are all miss Richard very much.


Kathleen Archambeau posted on 10/23/19

Dearest Brenda, I love this photograph of Mr. Chin. It captures his adventurous and joyous spirit. I am sure the world is a little dimmer for his absence, but that you will carry on his light in the world and bring the love he brought to you back out to this weary, wondering world. May Rich Chin cross over in peace, surrounded by all the love he inspired. Fondly, Kathleen


Sharon posted on 10/23/19

Dear Rich, I will never forget your friendship, your smile, your wisdom and the happy memories that we had related with food. RIP.


Kai Sun posted on 10/23/19

Dear Rich, I miss you as a great, genuine friend. I will miss your laughs and uplifting spirit. Rest in peace with our beautiful planet.