Anthony C. Yu Dissertation Fellowship

The Divinity School is pleased to announce the Anthony C. Yu Dissertation Fellowship, a new endowment in memory of a beloved alumnus, colleague, mentor, and friend. This fund will support advanced doctoral students in comparative religion and literature as they write their dissertations.

A well-attended memorial service in Professor Yu’s honor took place on June 14, 2015. Music from Beethoven’s 'Razumovsky' quartets filled Bond Chapel, where he and his wife, Priscilla, had married nearly 52 years earlier. Speakers included his faculty colleague Bruce Lincoln, dissertation advisees Zhange Nichole Ni (PhD‘09) and Eric Ziolkowski (PhD’87), family members, and friends. Further tributes at the reception in the Swift Lecture Hall included a translation and reading from Professor Yu’s own poetry by Professor Brook Ziporyn and an aria, “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz,” performed by Joseph Price (MA’79, PhD‘82).


Dean Margaret M. Mitchell concluded the reception by announcing the creation of the Yu Dissertation Fellowship. With “tremendous appreciation,” she announced, “Francis and Rose Yuen have made a very generous gift to establish the Anthony C. Yu Dissertation Fellowship Endowment to support the work of a student in comparative religion and literature in the Divinity School or the Division of the Humanities. This endowment will continue Professor Yu’s legacy of excellence here at this University to which he dedicated his professional life from the time he was a student.” To the donors she added, “Francis and Rose, on behalf of the University, please accept my deep gratitude for your generous initiative in honor of Professor Yu and in service of smart and creative and intrepid students – such as Professor Yu was and trained – now and to come.”  


The Yuens, who live in Hong Kong, traveled to Chicago for the memorial service, as did many others. Mr. Yuen graduated from the College in 1975 with a degree in economics. Today he is chairman of Ortus Capital Management Ltd. and a University Trustee. During his remarks in Bond Chapel he recounted many cherished memories of Professor Yu. The gift from his wife and him reflects a deep admiration and friendship that extended across many years.


All gifts in memory of Professor Yu have been added to the new endowment. On top of the initial gift of $250,000, other gifts are building it towards $300,000. Friends and alumni are invited to celebrate Professor Yu with contributions to this fund.