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(Editor's note: We posted this file on Friday, November 22, in an effort to alert the campus community to this service on Sunday. Currents On-Line is normally posted on Monday mornings.)

November 22, 1996

Memorial service planned on November 24 for computer engineering student

[Photo of  Mei Wang]Family, friends, and academic colleagues of graduate student Mei Wang, who died today (Friday, November 22) from injuries suffered in a car accident, will hold a memorial service for her at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the Cowell College Provost's House. The service is open to all who wish to remember Wang.

Wang's family arrived from China today to be with her in her final moments at Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital.

Wang's accident occurred on Monday morning, November 18, on Highway 17 as she was returning to Santa Cruz from San Jose International Airport. Wang lost control of her vehicle on a wet curve and spun into oncoming traffic. She never regained consciousness.

A native of China, Wang was in the final stages of course work for her master's degree in computer engineering. UCSC Executive Vice Chancellor Michael Tanner awarded Wang her degree at the hospital on Wednesday in the presence of her husband, Yong Duan of Portland, Oregon.

Wang, age 30, earned a master's degree in philosophy from SiChuan University in China before coming to UCSC. She was planning to join her husband in Portland after she completed her degree requirements.

In addition to her husband, Wang is survived by her parents, Guanghuai Wang and Mingzhu Xu, and her sister, Jing Wang, all of China.

--Robert Irion