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沉痛悼念林格, 好同事, 好朋友

The World is Beautiful because of Her

Grace Lin Will Live in Our Memory Forever

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In the afternoon of May 20th, 2012, Ms Lin Ge (Grace), senior international language librarian in Queens Library for 14 years, lost consciousness and fell. She was rushed to the hospital, but she did not wake up. Grace left us forever on May 21st, 2012, at age 57.

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, a memorial service was held in Grace’s honor at the Frederick Funeral Home in Queens, New York City. Over 100 people attended the memorial service, including Mr. Nick Buron, CLS director of the Queens Library and Mr. Fred Gitner, Assistant Director for New Americans Program & International Relations, Grace's colleagues and friends in NYC; Class 1977 alumni of the English Department, Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages, residing in the east coast area of the United States (原广州外语学院英语系77届在美东的校友) attended the memorial on behalf of all their classmates both in China and abroad. More than 10 of her colleagues, classmates and friends, spoke at the ceremony expressing their condolence to her husband and relatives, recalling her wonderful life and work, expressing their gratitude for all Grace did for the Queens Library and everyone she knew. The following are some of the speeches available in e-format and photos taken at the memorial as well as during her life time.

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Grace Memorial Service Hall

Memorial Messages on Grace Lin,
Our Good Friend and Great Colleague
追思林格美丽的一生

palm Letters of Condolence from Mr. Thomas Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library皇后图书馆总裁、总馆长格兰特先生致杨先生的吊唁信
palm 林格,你丰富了我们的生活 Grace, You Enriched Our Lives周晓英林清玉) palm 来自中国的哀思 Memorial Messages from China(一) (二) (三) (广州外语学院外77届)
palm 林格,金色辉煌的一生 Grace, A Brilliant Life(邱辛晔) palm Eulogy for Grace Lin 林格颂 (Dai Weiqing)
palm Thank You, Grace! 感谢你,林格! (Shieh Ying) palm Grace, You're Still Around 林格,你仍在我们身旁(Chen Huiyuan)
palm Grace, May God Hold You in the Palm of His Hand 林格,神会珍爱你 (Jun Gromet) palm 格格,走好!Farewell, Grace!(谢济群)
palm 给林妈妈的信 Letter to Grace's Mother palm Grace, May You Rest in Peace 安息吧,林格(Lu Yusheng)
palm 缅怀林格美丽的一生 A Beautiful Life(录像) palm Grace Lin Memorial Fund 建立林格图书纪念基金
palm Grace Touched Me and So Many 她感动了我和许多人 (Liu Hong) palm 惊羡恩典-Amasing Grace! (邱辛晔)

Photo Gallery in Memory of Grace Lin

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Mr. Yang Ruiping (Michael), Grace's husband, at the memorial

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With tears Michael sang "The Pink Trees" to the tune of "The Olive Tree", Grace's favorite. The lyrics was re-created by Michael as follows:"不要问我往哪里去/ 我的目的在远方/ 为什么流浪/ 流浪远方/ 流浪/ 为了林中飞翔的小鸟/ 为了格外清澈的蓝天/ 为了更广阔的世界/ 流浪远方/ 流浪/ 还有还有/ 为了梦中的红树林红树林/ 不要问我往哪里去/ 我的目的在远方/ 为了梦中的红树林/ 为什么流浪远方/ 流浪." (Note: 歌中的“我”是格也是哥或是格与哥. - Michael)

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Mr. Lin Jian, Grace's brother, and her cousin from Canada

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From right: Michael, Ms. Julia Zheng, Grace's cousin, and Lin Jian

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Mr. Xiao Da (Andrew), Grace's classmate, hosted the memorial service

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Mr. Lin Jian speaking

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Ms Julia Zheng, Grace's cousin, translated into English some of the speaches at the memorial

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Ms Julia Zheng also made a personal memorial speach

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Before the memorial service Ms. Carol Chen delivered a letter and a gift for Grace's mother to Michael

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Ms. Carol Chen, Ms. Pat Miller, Mr. Greg Gao, representing all who donated to Grace's mother,
met Mr. Michael Yang and Mr. Lin Jian, Grace's brother. Besides the three, the following also donated to Grace's mother: Esther Lee, Char Gwizdala, Dan Thom, Salwa Elmeawad, Sharon & Ken Kugler, Joe Camusci, Mike Wong, Tracy Truong, Bibi Shakoor, Lianna Kelly, Jean Rene, Zelantha Phillip, Nancy Weiss, Jane Montalto, Zbigniew Martyka, Marina Rudko, Charles Curtopelle, Milena Nenova, Jeff Stephens, JJ Yuan, Samantha Dyer, Anne Marie Clarke, Jennifer Carter, Dorett Hextall, Barbara Pavlovic, Lynn Gonen, Kanti Ramraj, Lisa Kooper, Richara Asaro, Rachel Donner, Galina Pershman, Anca Costea, Tracy Cao.

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Mr. Nick Buron, Director of CLS, Queens Library, at the memorial

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Ms. Jun Gromet, Grace's colleague, at the memorial

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Ms. Jun Gromet & audience

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Ms. Anne Mary Clarke, Grace's colleague, at the memorial

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Ms. Shieh Ying, Grace's Colleague, at the memorial

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Ms. Carol Chen, Grace's colleague, at the memorial

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Ms. Elizabeth Hsu, Grace's colleague, at the memorial

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Mr. Dai Weiqing, manager of the Jackson Heights library, at the memorial

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Mr. Dai & audience

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Mr. Qiu Xinye, ACLM of the Flushing Library, at the memorial

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Mr. Lu Yusheng, assistant director of the Central Library, QL, at the memorial

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Ms. Liu Hong, CLS department assistant, QL, at the memorial

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Mr. Feng Bo, college classmate of Grace's (member of GW77), spoke on behalf of all classmates.

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Ms. Sun Ming, Grace's friend since college (member of GW77), at the memorial

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Ms. Liao Guohong, Grace's friend since childhood (member of GW77), at the memorial

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Mr. Bubu Xu, son of a family friend, at the memorial

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Ms. Peggy Lee, Michael's cousin, expressed thanks on behalf of the family to all who
attended the memorial.

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All watching the video on Grace's life

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All watching the video on Grace's life

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Grace and her colleagues in the Language & Literature Department in the Central Library, QL

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Grace at a Library annual party

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From left: Grace, Shieh Ying, Esther Lee, Chen Chin Yu

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Grace with her Language & Literature Dept. colleagues

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Grace and her colleagues

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Grace with her L.L. colleagues

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Grace and her colleagues

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Grace at the reference desk in the L.L. Department, Central Library, QL

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Grace at a New Year party with colleagues

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Grace at her colleague Anna's Party

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Grace at dinner with her Central Library colleagues

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Grace and Shieh Ying selecting books

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Grace at Anca's retirement party

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Grace with her sister colleagues

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Grace at Anca's retirement party

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Grace and Colleague

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Grace and colleague

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A corner of the memorial hall

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Cinerary Casket

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Wreath from the World Bookstore in Flushing, NYC

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Wreath from the 1977 class, Guangzhou Foreign Languages Institue

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Wreath from Grace's students at Guangdong Mechanical Engineering Institute

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