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In Memory of Earl Juang-Ell Ku
Dr. Earl Juang-Ell Ku was born in 1941 and grew up in Taichung, Taiwan. He passed away on Wednesday, January 3rd in his home at North Brunswick, New Jersey. He is survived by his three children Daniel, James, and Maryann, and five grandchildren Jonathan, Elias, Elaine, Elizabeth, and Catherine. He lived life of blessing and was devoted to his family.
Earl is fourth sibling in the family of Xiang Ku and Cha Chou. He has two older sister, one older brother and one younger brother. From an early age he had learned to be an honest, industrious, and hardworking person. During his elementary school days his mom was stricken with stroke and was bed ridden for 6 years before passing away. During those years he took on the responsibility of cooking for the family, helped dad’s vendor business, and attended school. Even in these circumstance he did well enough in school to get admitted to junior high school. But due to his family economic condition he could not afford to continue with school. When his teacher found out, the teacher secretly paid for his tuition so he can continue with school. This event is one that he always recounts and expressed much gratitude to his teacher. There will be many more of these invisible hands that help him throughout his life. He attended a vocational high school. To get into college he had to study hard to pass the college entrance exam. He made dual use of his time to study like when memorizing vocabularies while walking or riding bike. The second time he took the college entrance exam he received high score for acceptance to Taiwan Normal University. At University he studied English. After graduating he served two years of military service before starting work as an English teacher at Da Zhi Junior High School. There he met his wife Hung Yu and was married. His wife introduced him to Christianity and he came into faith. After a few years he became the depart head of teachers and then moved the family to Nei Hu Elementary School as vice principle. Then on 1974 he went to America to pursue graduate studies in state of Tennessee and Illinois in the subject of statistics and education. In between semester during summer break he worked as world book encyclopedia door to door salesman and became the top salesman. In winter breaks he went to New York City to labor in Chinese Restaurants. But he was so happy to be earning US dollar. In 1977 his wife and three children immigrated to join him at Urbana-Champagne, IL. Reuniting with his wife and family at Chicago O’Hare airport was one of the most joyous and happy moment. In 1978 he received PhD degree in the field of educational statistic from University of Illinois. Then he moved the family to Columbia, South Carolina while he worked at Voorhees University in educational testing. His commute was an hour long each way in order to ensure his children went to a good school district. From 1978 to 1982 he helped to establish educational testing program and statistical analysis to evaluate student performance at Voorhees. He attained the position of testing director at Voorhees. Then from 1983 he accepted a new position at Newark Board of Education one of the largest school districts in NJ as Testing and Research Specialist. The family moved to Edison, New Jersey. The protocols that he and his coworkers created were so good that they became used throughout the state. After that, for the next few decades, he worked as a teacher in various schools across the NJ/NY metro area before retiring in 2017.
Earl was devoted to his family and served industriously in his profession of education. He instilled in his children the importance of Christian character, hard work, and education. He lived honestly and worked hard to provide for his family a better life and education.