F. Edward Chou, 60, founded instrument firm

October 10, 2004

F. Edward Chou, founder and president of Pharma-Tech Corp., died of cancer Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. The Rodgers Forge resident was 60.

Mr. Chou was born and raised in Taiwan.

After completing obligatory military service and teaching chemistry in a Taiwan high school for a year, he emigrated to Lincoln, Neb., in 1969. He earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1973.

He was married in 1970 to Chi-Huei Bella Chang and the couple moved to Rodgers Forge in 1977.

They established the Video Center on York Road, where he worked until founding Pharma-Tech in 1986. The company manufactures specialized scientific instruments used in research and development.

"He had two hobbies: working and his family," said a daughter Victoria Betty Chou of Rodgers Forge.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6432 York Road.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Chou is survived by a son, Brian Edward Chou of Tempe, Ariz.; and another daughter, Jessie Bella Chou of Brookline, Mass.

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