Gong Gong says

This is a posthumous blog of our father's (Lim Kok Ann) life. When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography. We'd like to celebrate his life by sharing his autobiography through this blog.

"I have dredged these anecdotes from memory just to pass the time; if they amuse my grandchildren their purpose will have been served; if they provide any instruction, it will be a happy coincidence; that they are disjointed is probably to be expected.

Aurora was the name of my grandfather’s house in Kulangsu.   Amoy, where I spent the first five or six years of my life.   I still have vivid memories of events that took place when I was barely three years old.

Lim Kok Ann
October 1996"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FIDE mourns

FIDE Mourns for Dr. Lim Kok Ann

Tuesday, 11 March 2003 00:00

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has led other members of the Presidential Board to mourn the passing of FIDE Honorary Member and former General Secretary of FIDE, Prof. Lim Kok Ann who died 8 March 2003 at 83.

In his message to the late Prof. Lim's family, President Ilyumzhinov described Prof. Lim as "a guiding light in our effort to propagate the game of chess not only in the Asian continent, but in all of FIDE". President Ilyumzhinov added that the late Prof. Lim's legacy as "the one person, who contributed enormously to the FIDE Handbook lives on".

On LIM KOK ANN by Florencio Campomanes...
Kok Ann leaves us not to rest and be done with toil ... he is simply going somewhere to start a fresh venture in a new field for the good of brethren. That's the way he took up with FIDE in Luzern 1982 to press his handprint in world chess ... leaving the academe, and launching into the uncharted and complex waters of the international chess ocean.

And, how he influenced it in myriad, imperceptible yet most valued ways! Without him at the base in Luzern, FIDE could have had many false starts and could have fallen asunder. But, Kok Ann was there to map a golden path for his colleagues in the leadership as well as players, grandmasters and youth champions alike.

His greatest contribution though is the little known fact that he triggered, nursed, aye, led by the arms, the rise of China in the chess world to eventually conquer the field of women's chess in the individual and team competitions. This is his most glowing achievement among many others, too many to mention. If Asia, Latin America and Africa have surged forward as FIDE has become a truly universal organization, credit Kok Ann as my constant partner in that vast task.

On the personal level, Kok Ann, a few years my senior, by sheer force of example enabled me to become a somewhat better member of the human race. He touched my life as well as many others in world chess. With his passing on to new worlds, we are all diminished!

Doyen of chess dies at age 83...
Family finds him on floor, dead from an apparent heart attack.
SINGAPORE'S doyen of chess was also a loving father and a generous and kind coach who was passionate about everything he did, said family and friends gathered last night at the wake for Professor Lim Kok Ann, who died on Saturday.

Ex-national champion Prof Lim helped chess gain a wide following here. He never lost his temper, said one of his five children, Dr Lim Su Min, and was probably cracking jokes with the angels now.

Prof Lim, 83, was best remembered for his achievements in medicine - he gained worldwide fame in 1957 when he isolated the flu virus at the height of the Asian influenza epidemic - and for helping chess gain a wide following here.

Family members found Prof Lim on the floor of his room in the morning, dead from an apparent heart attack. "But he was very composed, he was just lying there, and he looked very peaceful indeed,’ said Ms Stella Kon, his daughter. Till the end, Prof Lim remained active and lively, she said. Despite having a heart attack about two years ago, he was still very independent. He took a taxi to Tekka Market in the mornings, just to have his favourite minced pork or raw fish porridge, along with some soya bean milk. "I just couldn't keep up with him, he went out to have his meals all the time," said Ms Kon, a writer, with a wry smile. She paused. "Now, I'll have to go and tell the lady selling the porridge that he won't be coming around any more." She remembers the passion her father had for the things he did, the long conversations about books he had read, his love for Shakespeare, and his commitment to the game of chess. "He never held back. He always said 'do something for the sheer love of it’, not because of what you can get back in return. I suppose I got that from him in my writings."

Prof Lim was the grandson of one of Singapore's pioneers, Dr Lim Boon Keng. He was dean of the medical faculty at the University of Singapore and headed what became the Microbiology Department there until he retired in 1980. His students remember him fondly, especially his days as Master of King Edward VII Hall in the university. Though an excellent gamesman at billiards, bridge, or mahjong, it was in chess that he made the biggest impact. He was Singapore's first champion when the national chess competition was inaugurated in 1949. He built up the game here in the 1950s and 1960s, actively setting up chess clubs in schools and establishing the Singapore Chess Federation, which he headed for 18 years. Later, between 1982 and 1988, he served as the secretary-general of Fide, or the World Chess Federation, in Switzerland. He also contributed articles on chess to The Straits Times and the now-defunct New Nation tabloid. Among all the things he did for chess, he was most passionate about nurturing a youth movement in the game.

A protege of his, Ms Yip Fong Ling, remembered: "He would tutor us very patiently for hours on end. He was generous with his time, his books, and would fight for scholarships so that we could play overseas. We will miss him..."

College of Medicine Building

College of Medicine Building
27 September 2010
Hero 336 Pen
Diamine Jet Black Ink & Wash

Wife went for physiotherapy at SGH today,
and I decided to sketch the COMB (College of Medicine Building).

This building is particularly nostalgic to me for number of reasons,
including the link to Tan Tock Seng/Tan Chay Yan

I was a medical student there:

I met wife-to-be in the Anatomy Department, housed in the former Women's Mental Asylum,

My father was lecturer/ professor of Bacteriology:His office window level 2 on the left at the rear:

When he was Dean Faculty Medicine, he had a car park slot just 10 paces behind that fellow walking in the foreground.

We lived at College Road just up the hill facing his office, not 300 metres away.

The College of Medicine Building (Chinese: 医药学院大厦) is a historic building in Singapore, located within the grounds of the Singapore General Hospital at Outram Park, within the Bukit Merah Planning Area near Singapore's central business district.

Singapore's first medical training institution was established in 1905 in a former women's mental asylum at Sepoy Lines.

The start of this medical school was significant in two ways. It was meant to train local men and women to bring Western medicine to the local population. It was handsomely supported by local merchants who took advantage of the tax exemptions of the time not to garner more wealth, but to give generously to public causes. Tan Jiak Kim gave the largest individual sum. Another donor, Tan Chay Yan even gave a building to the school in memory of his father, Tan Teck Guan.In 1911, the Tan Teck Guan Building was a useful as well as elegant addition to the establishment.

Originally named the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, the school was renamed King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1921. Around this time, a new building was planned.The College of Medicine Building that stands today was built in 1926. When the University of Malaya was founded in 1949, the college became its Faculty of Medicine. Since then Singapore and Malaya have emerged as different nations. From 1982, the Faculty of Medicine was a part of the National University of Singapore.

New buildings and a new National University Hospital were erected at the new Kent Ridge campus. However, the College of Medicine Building in Sepoy Lines is preserved to be used as the seat of the National University of Singapore's Academy of Medicine, whose members are alumni. The building was restored from 1985-1987. The College of Medicine Building was gazetted as a national monument on 2 December 2002.

The College of Medicine Building was built in reinforced concrete with a massive, floral Neo-Classical façade of Doric columns. This grand colonnade, designed by Italian sculptor Cavaliere Rudolfo Nolli, dominates the building's façade, with bas reliefs depicting the Allegory of Healing on the walls on either side. Behind this colonnade are a row of eleven enormous doors. A sculptured Roman spread-eagle, encircled by a wreath, emblazons above the central doorway.

At one time, there was a long, elliptical pool of water in front of the building, which helped to reflect and soften its massive image, but this pool has long since vanished.During the building's restoration in the 1980s, a grand staircase in the main lobby, which was in the original plan but somehow never built, was at long last installed where it belongs.