Dr. Kenneth J. Lim (1948-2021)
Dr. Kenneth J. Lim, 72, passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital, CA, on April 18, 2021, surrounded by family. He fought an arduous battle with Parkinson’s disease. A Los Altos resident since 1978, Ken was born in 1948 in Canton, China, as a U.S. citizen born overseas (since his father served in World War II and became a naturalized U.S. citizen). Ken, at age 6, immigrated to the United States with his mother, and joined his father, Henry, and his older brother, Alan, in Brookline, MA. After graduating from Brookline High School, he was admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned both of his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering in five years before moving to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University in the Fall of 1971. At Stanford, he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering and minored in Chemistry. Son of immigrants and a descendant of an early Chinese railroad worker in California in the 1860s, Ken was a first generation college student. He's a role model for his family to strive for higher education.
A lifelong environmentalist, Ken joined a solar energy startup, Acurex Corporation in Mountain View, CA, in l976, and later worked for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco, where he retired as a supervising air quality engineer. Ken also received an award from the City of Los Altos for serving on its Environmental Committee from 1995 to 2007, including several years as Committee Chairman.
Ken met his future wife, Lilly, at a University of California at Berkeley's picnic 48 years ago. Ken is survived by his wife, Lilly, daughter Alisa, son-in-law, Joseph Dolby and grandsons Asher and Luke Dolby. He was pre-deceased by his parents (Henry and Gim), son Jeremy, and older siblings (May Louie and Alan Lim). He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research ( https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate ). Due to COVID restrictions, a private virtual memorial service will be held through Cypress Lawn in Colma, CA.