Edward J. Guen '49

Citation for Edward J. Guen, 1999 Common Good Award recipient.

"Edward J. Guen, cum laude graduate of the Class of 1949, tireless advocate and organizer for the Chinese-American community in Boston, devoted husband and father, accomplished scientist, and longstanding volunteer on behalf of the College, the spirit of the Common Good flows strong in your veins.

You have earned distinction in two demanding careers simultaneously--as a research metallurgist and as a community organizer.  After earning a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950 and a doctorate in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1954, you embarked on a distinguished career as manager of research and development for the National Research Corporation and Norton Metals Division.  You have advanced the frontiers of knowledge through scientific publications, patents, and your leadership in the research community.

Throughout your life you have embodied a devotion to family, a commitment to community, and a work ethic that is second to none.  For more than 35 years, in the roles of president, chair, director, trustee, or board member, you have led grassroots organizations committed to education, health care, and community development within the Chinese-American community in Boston.  If actions speak louder than words, then your voice must be very loud indeed.  You were the first American-born president of the Kwong-Kow Chinese Language School for children; one of the founders of a bicultural nursing home which offers Chinese and American meals, language, and recreational activities; board chair of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), a non-profit, anti-poverty agency of the City of Boston; and chair of the Chinese Economic Development Council and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's Scholarship Committee.  The Bowdoin Club of Boston, the Alumni Council, BASIC, the Planned Giving Program and the Class of 1949 have also been beneficiaries of your volunteer efforts.

This extraordinary record of service is rooted in ideals--about family, community, and integrity--ideals that you, your brothers, and sisters learned from your mother, Toy Len Guen, and that you and Amy have passed on to your children and grandchildren."

It is an honor to present to you the Common Good Award for 1999.

June 5, 1999