Saturday, September 09, 2006

R.I.P. Thieu Nghiem

A good customer of ours and a damn shame. Thieu was a wealth of information and a testament to keeping oneself healthy. I believe long long ago he was the youngest professor at Harvard Medical School... until his son beat his record! His daughter did/does something ridiculously intelligent as well. Thieu was way into preventative medicine, citing that as the main reason for his split with Harvard and western medicine in general. I always enjoyed our rambling conversations whenever he wandered into the bookstore and he always had a fresh bit of health advice for Lyli and Scarleht. Olympia has lost a great friend and valauble resource in Thieu Nghiem, Last Word will be at half mast for a few days in remembrance. Here's a bit of his credentials: Professor Thieu L. Nghiem, M.D, Ph. D., epidemiologist, M.Sc. in teaching preventive medicine, graduated from and former professor of the medical university of Hanoi, Vietnam (1952), university of Saigon, Vietnam (1956-1958), Harvard University, U.S.A. (1960), John Hopkins University, U.S.A. (1960-1965), Wayne State University, U.S.A. (1967-1973), Washington state epidemiologist (1973-1978). He also served as Washington State Chief of Public Health.

And here's the foreword to a raw foods nutrition book written by Nghiem. I'm a resourceful boy but if anyone happens to have known Thieu or his extended family I would like to get in touch with them. Thanks! More to follow after his obit hits the papers. At least he got to die in a place he loved dearly.

from that piece of shit local paper: the olympian

OLYMPIA - A theater patron died in a restroom at the Capitol Theater, police reported Thursday.

Thieu Lenh Nghiem, 82, of Olympia was found by another patron on the floor in the restroom, Thurston County Coroner Judy Arnold said. He had a head injury, but it appears to have been caused by a fall and was not the cause of death, she said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today. "We don't suspect any foul play," Arnold said.

Nghiem was attending an Olympia Film Society showing at the theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E. Emergency personnel were called to the theater at 8:50 p.m. for a man down with a head injury, but they determined the man was dead.

The theater was showing "District B13" at 6:30 p.m., a sci-fi action comedy set in 2010 Paris, and "Three Times" at 9 p.m., a foreign-language film about three different love stories.

Anyone with information about the death is encouraged to call the Olympia Police Department's detective bureau at 360-753-8400.

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