Alvin K. Ching, a professor of art at Cal State Fullerton, died Sept. 30 at age 63 after an apparent heart attack.
A metal craftsman who was a faculty member for 31 years, Ching served as chairman of the art department from 1986-89. School officials said his legacy includes several lighthearted campus events--including the annual rubber-band-powered boat race--developed to foster fellowship among students, faculty and staff.
Ching's work was exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum (now Norton Simon Museum of Art), the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York.
Ching, who lived in Huntington Beach, is survived by his wife, Terry; daughters Weslie and Lauren; his mother, Ellen; and three sisters.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in Room 197 of the Cal State Fullerton Visual Arts Center. Contributions in his honor may be sent to the art department.