Dr. Liang-tseng “L.T.” Fan, 84, of Manhattan, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, while in his office in Durland Hall at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Dr. Fan had been instrumental in securing funding for the construction of Durland Hall while he was head of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1929, in Taiwan, the son of Chung-chan and Chien-moi Fan, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1958.
On June 2, 1958, in Manhattan, he was united in marriage to the former Eva S. Cheung. She preceded him in death earlier this year on April 12, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents and by one brother, Liang-ping Fan.
A native of Taiwan, Dr. Fan received a bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University (1951), an master’s degree from Kansas State University (1954), and a doctorate from West Virginia University (1957), all in chemical engineering, and an mater’s degree in mathematics from West Virginia University (1958). He returned to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State as instructor in 1958, became full professor in 1963, served as department head for 30 years beginning in 1968, and was appointed University Distinguished Professor in 1984.
Dr. Fan held the Mark H. and Margaret H. Hulings Chair in Engineering and director of the Institute for Systems Design and Optimization at Kansas State University. Dr. Fan was also managing partner, Solidiwaste Technology, L. P., president of Liquefied Fossil Fuels Corporation, president of Heartland Composites Development Corporation, and president of The SF Materials Corporation.
In addition, Dr. L. T. Fan was co-chairman (Research and Development) of Green Source Holdings LLC and developed the patented technology behind the company. As co-chairman, Dr. Fan oversaw the company’s continuing R&D efforts to expand the use of the technology in hydrocarbon extraction.
Dr. Fan has authored or coauthored seven books, some of which have been translated into foreign languages; several hundred refereed journal articles; and many non-refereed articles. He is credited with 17 patents. Dr. Fan’s publications are widely referenced as evident from more than 6,000 citations listed in Science Citation Index.
Dr. Fan has received numerous awards and honors. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He is survived by one son, Tso Yee Fan and his wife, Deborah Haley, of Belmont, Mass.; one daughter, Judith Fan and her husband, Robert Reay, of Mountain View, Calif.; four grandchildren, Lauren and Mitchell Reay and Olivia and Spencer Fan; one brother, Liang-shing Fan of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and two sisters, Liang-ing Tsai of Cincinnati and Liang-Whey Lee of Fremont, Calif.
Dr. Fan will be cremated. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
A memorial has been established at the KSU Foundation for the L.T. Fan Lecture Series in Chemical Engineering. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.