Thomas Tung-Shan Tsao
Thomas Tung-Shan Tsao
  • July 11, 1930 - September 8, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Thomas Tung-Shan Tsao passed away peacefully in Dallas surrounded by family on September 8, 2017. He was 87. He was born on July 11, 1930 in Hangzhou located in the Zhejiang province of China. Due to war, he left China for Taiwan in 1948, where he attended National Taiwan University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics.

He started his banking career at the Bank of Taiwan located in Keelung, Taiwan, where he met his future wife, Debbie Lee-Yu Lin. In 1959, he left all he knew and sailed across the oceans to pursue the American dream. His first job in the US was with the Taiwan Consulate General in Houston. In 1961, his fiancé Debbie also sailed across the oceans to marry Tom in Houston. After the birth of his daughter Amy, he pursued and received his masters' degree in economics from the University of Houston. He later worked for the Bank of the Southwest (Republic Bank), help start up Texas First National Bank (Golden Bank) and retired from TFNB after 20 years. He was a friend and mentor to many in Houston.

Thomas was a loving husband, devoted father and caring grandfather. All who knew him will miss his friendly smile & good nature. He enjoyed soccer, bowling, ping-pong, mahjong & poker. He loved Chinese opera, was an accomplished fiddler (er-hu and jing-hu) and performed with opera groups and community orchestras. Thomas Tsao is survived by wife of 56 years, Debbie; his brother, James Tso of Tustin, CA; daughter Amy Tsao Gow; son Kenny Tsao; son-in-law Danny Gow; and granddaughters, Irene Gow and Natalie Gow.