Jenning Dai (MCHS ’63) tragically passed away 50 years ago this month (May 1964)

Jenning Dai was in my class at Malcolm Campbell High School when we graduated in 1963.

He died exactly 50 years ago this month.

Jenning Dai (MCHS ’63 – 11B)

Cheryl (Casino) Houston (MCHS ’63 – 11D) has noted, in a recent email: “He went to the University of Illinois in Urbana to study aeronautical engineering (from what I remember), but he was hit by a car while riding his bike. It was a very sad tragedy.  Wally [Walter Rhead – 11B], Ulrich [Ulrich Laska – 11B], and Kathy Dawson (another 11D student) and I were students in Grade 12 at Montreal High at the time he died and we were all devastated. We all attended his funeral.”

Students and teachers who have passed away

We have several other blog posts devoted to students (and teachers) who have passed away:

Linking a favourite song to each of the MCHS Alumni and Teachers who have passed away

Provisional list of MCHS ’60s (and other decades) students/alumni/teachers who have passed away

Remembering John W. Scott, Gok-Gee Wing, and other MCHS students who have passed away

Memories of Pam Ireland-Mason of Malcolm Campbell High School

At our October 17, 2015 Reunion each attendee received a printout of photos and brief texts, in remembrance of Malcolm Campbell High School students and teachers who have passed away.


6 replies
  1. Charles Tsiang
    Charles Tsiang says:

    I remember Jenning Dai very well. He lived around the corner from me in Roxboro. His mum and dad were good friends of my parents since Dr PL. Dai worked at ICAO in the Aviation Bldg in Montreal with my father. I was in my sophomore year at MIT that Spring and was confined to the infirmary with mono. My parents didn’t tell me about Jenning’s accident until I got home that summer. I recall that he had a younger sister who perhaps went to SUNY Pottsdam or Stony Brook. It was such a tragedy. There weren’t many other high school aged Chinese kids in the area in those days. Just Jenning and Peggy and Linda Chow over in Amabaie.

    • Enid Moore
      Enid Moore says:

      Very pleased to see this tribute to Jenning on the net. The Dais lived just around the corner from me too, in the other direction. I was best friends with his sister Sheila, and she did go to Potsdam after a year at Riverdale. I remember you, and your parents. Sheila called your dad Uncle Charles. And I remember Jenning with fondness, his enthusiasm and his humour and his practical jokes. Good times. Blessings to you, Charles.

      • Jaan Pill
        Jaan Pill says:

        It’s good to read your comment, Enid. Jenning was a classmate of mine. It’s good to think about him again, today, after reading your comment. He was cheerful and perceptive, and had many friends. A special connection that he has, to my own life journey, is that he persuaded me to run for President of the Student Council. I will always remember him.

      • Charles Tsiang
        Charles Tsiang says:

        Enid, So good to hear from someone who also remembered Jenning and Sheila. And what a sweet thing to recall that she referred to my Dad as Uncle Charles. You know that your remark about Jenning’s enthusiasm and humour and practical jokes is a reflection of what I recall of his father, who I always referred to a “Dr. Dai”. I can still hear his laughter and see his big big smile. What a shame that we lost Jenning. Now do you have any idea of how we might get in contact with Sheila?

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Jenning Dai was a highly perceptive individual. I am very pleased that he was a classmate. I remember his sense of humour and his energy and his sociable nature.

  3. Sheila Dai
    Sheila Dai says:

    I searched the internet for a picture of my brother and just happened to come across this blog. I am so touched that a number of my brother’s close friends still remember him to this day and all of your comments brought back a flood of memories. I treasure the short time he was in my life. My parents adored him.
    I would love to hear from all of you and hope this reaches you. We’re living in Rhode Island now but still have NY ties and still close enough to visit Montreal from time to time.
    Please let me know how you are doing.


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