$2.5M donated to YSU in memory of Thomas Fok

Staff report


The Fok family is donating $2.5 million to Youngstown State University in memory of the late Thomas Fok, who served as a faculty member and as a trustee for both YSU and the YSU Foundation.

The gift from Fok’s wife, Maria M.L. Fok, will be used, in part, to establish the Thomas and Maria Fok Scholarship.

In recognition of the gift, YSU will rename Alumni House on Wick Avenue as Fok’s Hall. Alumni House, constructed in 1865, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas Fok was born July 1, 1921, in Canton, China, and was educated there and in the United States. He joined the YSU faculty IN 1958 as associate professor of civil engineering and taught until 1967. During his tenure, he was appointed director of the Computing Center. In 1967, Fok started his own business, forming a partnership in Mosure-Fok Consulting Engineers. In 1976, he served as chairman of his own business, Thomas Fok and Associates.

Fok was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Austintown, and served on a number of area boards. He died in August 2013.

Read more about his life and this legacy in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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