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Dr. Albert S. Tam, a profoundly respected engineer, inventor, and lifelong learner, peacefully passed away in Philadelphia, PA, on October 27, 2023, at the age of 60, leaving behind an enduring legacy in the realms of science and technology.
Albert, as he was known to his family, friends, and colleagues, was born in Hong Kong on August 13, 1963, to his loving parents, Kenneth and Celia. He was the beloved husband of Loretta, proud father to Alex, affectionate father-in-law to Samantha, and a supportive sibling to his brother Ed. His family was his rock, providing constant love, inspiration, and strength throughout his remarkable life.
Educated at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Albert's academic prowess was evident from an early age. He earned an S.B, S.M, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, proving his scholarly excellence. His profound understanding of the intricate aspects of mechanical engineering paved the way for an illustrious career that spanned more than three decades.
Albert began his professional journey in 1990 as an engineer in DuPont's Central Research and Development. His dedication and commitment enabled him to ascend the corporate ladder, and he was appointed Global Technology Leader in 2013. He further expanded his professional horizons by serving as the VP of Technology at CovationBio, where he led the development and commercialization of sustainable products and processes.
His work revolved around process modeling and polymer nano-composites, and he was instrumental in pioneering low global warming potential refrigerants and technologies with lower energy use for clean air and clean fuels. Albert's innovative approach to science and technology was recognized with the prestigious Dupont Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award. He also held nine patents from 1995 to 2009, exemplifying his passion for inventing and improving technological processes.
Apart from his professional accomplishments, Albert was a man of many interests. He held a deep appreciation for the arts, deriving pleasure from various forms of artistic expression. He was a nature lover at heart, often embarking on long hikes, soaking in the serenity and tranquility of the wilderness. Albert also enjoyed physical activities like playing table tennis, cycling, and running, which he believed kept not just his body but also his mind healthy.
Those who knew Albert will remember him as a wise, kind, and analytical individual. His wisdom was reflected in his ability to view situations from a nuanced perspective, and his kindness was evident in his interactions with everyone he met. His analytical mind, which he used not just professionally but also in everyday life, enabled him to problem-solve with ease and grace.
Throughout his lifetime, Albert left no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge and innovation. His passion for his work, combined with his warmth and wisdom, will continue to inspire generations of engineers, inventors, and innovators. Although he is no longer with us, his spirit and legacy live on, and Dr. Albert S. Tam will forever be remembered as a beacon of innovation and a symbol of resilience.
An open visitation will be held on Saturday, November 4th at (click here for directions >) Old Pine St. Church in Philadelphia (412 Pine St Philadelphia, PA 19106) from 9:00am to 10:30am with a service to follow.
PARKING INFORMATION: The funeral home staff will assist with parking and Temporary Parking Permits have been obtained however, parking information in the area may be found on this link (click here >) https://en.parkopedia.com/parking/pine_street_philadelphia/?arriving=202311011300&leaving=202311011500
Flowers may only be delivered to the church on Friday before 2pm. The family also suggests donations be made In Memory of Dr. Albert S. Tam to the Delaware Nature Society at (click here >) https://14360.blackbaudhosting.com/14360/General-Operating or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation at (click here >) https://www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org/.
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