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Obituary/Memoir

Miranda Hsu-Yung
Regents' Proceedings 75

Miranda Hsu-Yung (nee Lee) Pao, professor of information and library studies, died of glioma on August 10, 1995, following an extended period of illness under the loving care of her husband, Richard.

Professor Pao was born on February 14, 1936, in Shanghai, China, into a distinguished Cantonese family. She came to the U.S. in 1956 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance and music literature from the Julliard School in New York City. In addition to pursuing a career in music, she earned master's and doctoral degrees in library and information science from Case Western Reserve University, where she began her academic career in 1972. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies in 1986.

Professor Pao's steady rise to international stature as a distinguished scholar in information and library studies resulted from the excellence of her teaching and research in bibliometrics, information retrieval, and evaluation of information systems. She received numerous awards, including the National Library of Medicine Medical Informatics Fellowship (1994), the School of Information and Library Studies Excellence in Research Award (1994), and the Lazerow Lecturer Award from Texas Women's University (1993). She was also honored as the only scholar in the field of information and library studies to receive the National Library of Medicine Research Career Development Award (1983-1988).

Professor Pao made significant contributions to a variety of information retrieval and dissemination problems in medicine, including use of medical retrieval systems by health sciences practitioners; design, implementation and evaluation of state-of-the-art medical information retrieval systems; and bibliometric applications in biomedical literature. She authored a widely used textbook on information retrieval and also wrote numerous journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. Miranda Pao was a superb mentor to all and a guiding light to her doctoral students, showing them how to teach, how to write, and most importantly, how to be generous with time and service. Her warm personality, wit, and generosity touched many people. A thoughtful and meticulous person, she showed genuine concern and helpfulness for others.

Miranda Pao is survived by Richard Hsien-Feng Pao, her husband of 34 years, as well as two sisters, three brothers, and several nephews and nieces. She left an enduring mark on her students and colleagues, both through her professional accomplishments and her quiet mentoring and dedication. As we celebrate the life of this distinguished scholar and teacher, our condolences go to her husband Richard Pao, as well as her brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.