Robert Chin-Yao Ting '53

It is with deep regret that I inform Amherst of the passing of my father, Robert Chin-Yao Ting ’53.  My father arrived in the United States in 1948 from Shanghai and stayed with his sister, who had previously attended Mount Holyoke.  At her urging, he applied to Amherst College and, although he did not have a high school transcript, managed to gain entrance on a six-month probationary period.  He not only graduated but also stayed on to complete a masters degree in genetics in 1956 under Professor Harold Plough, a rarity a