Lee Teng-hui, the first popularly elected president of Taiwan, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, due to septic shock and multiple organ failure. He was 97.
Dr. Lee studied agricultural economomics at Iowa State and was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988 and the Distinguished Achievement Citation in 1993 for his many contributions in the development of Taiwan's agricultural system and establishing efficient health programs for the country. As president of Taiwan (1988-2000), he implemented a bold vision to bring economic properity and a robust democracy to the country.
Dr. Lee became a Life Member of the Iowa State Alumni Association in 1998.