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Sansan Chien

SANSAN CHIEN (Wife of Dr. Paul San Gregory)

Sansan Chien, 44 years, of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, died October 24, 2011, in Chang Geng Memorial Hospital in Kaohsiung, Taiwan following a difficult struggle with cancer.

She was born July 1, 1967, at Changhua Christian Hospital in Changhua, Taiwan, the daughter of Wen-Hsiung and Meichih Chien of Central, Taiwan.


Sansan held dual citizenship in the U.S.A. and Taiwan, R.O.C.

She attended Chung Hsing Elementary School in Taichung, Taiwan; Stella Matutina Girls’ Middle School in Taichung, Taiwan; Taichung City #4 High School; and Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, Ohio.

She then earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Toledo Department of Music; she received her Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Ohio University School of Music; and then a Doctorate of Music in Music Composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Doctor Chien was an associate instructor of music composition and related courses at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; she was a part-time instructor of music composition at the University of Indianapolis; and a full-time assistant professor of music theory and composition at the National Kaohsiung Normal University Department of Music since 1997.


Sansan married Paul San Gregory, formerly of Bellevue, Ohio, on December 23, 1996, in Toledo, Ohio.

She is survived by her parents, her husband, Paul, a brother, Hao-Cheng “Pierre” Chien in Sylvania, Ohio, her full-time care giver, Ah-Lien Huang, her aunts and uncles, Stella and Pickering Lee, and Angie and Mike Chang, both living in Sylvania, Ohio, as well as, the members of the Chien and San Gregory families and by numerous students and colleagues who love her as family and also will miss her dearly.


Her remains will be cremated and placed in Huang Chiung Ling Temple in Nantou, Taiwan on November 7, 20ll.

At a later time her colleagues and students in Kaohsiung, Taiwan will present a program of her original compositions honoring her works as a tribute to her life.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman Helen Baer Scholarship in Memory of Sansan Chien, Fund #1300355, and sent to the University of Toledo Fund, 2801 West Bancroft, MS 319, Toledo, OH 43606.

The Fund # 1300355 is a scholarship for a piano student.


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