(KTSF by Michelle Yue)
UC Berkeley graduate student Chengchun Qi (Arthur),30, passed away suddenly on February 26. His body was found by the police at his apartment after classmates alerted authorities after Qi had missed scheduled events and failed to return family calls.
Qi had just finished his Master of Financial Engineering Program and was expected to graduate this month. Before joining the program last year, Qi had already earned a MBA degree from China’s Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and had extensive work experience in the financial business.
“Arthur was was very smart. He had an MBA and experience in the field. He was very well spoken and wrote extremely well. He was tremeley kind and always smiled,” said Linda Kreitzman, the executive director of the Master of Financial Engineering Program.
“He is like a big brother to us all,” said classmate Yixuan Shen. “We would always confide in him about problems and he would always help us. I now think he probably had a lot of stress himself.”
With the financial support of the Haas School of Business, Qi’s parents and girlfriends arrived in the Bay Area from Shanghai over the weekend. Initially, the three were planning on coming to the US to attend Qi’s graduation ceremony this month.
According to Kreitzman and Qi’s classmates, Qi’s family had borrowed money to support his education and is now facing financial uncertainty with his passing. The Financial Engineering Student Association and the Chinese students at Cal are now calling on the public to donate to help Qi’s family. They can call the Haas School of Business at 510-643-4329 or log onto Facebook page (goo.gl/pjkse).
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