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Steven Shih Ting Lo

December 30, 1917 — December 6, 2015

Steven Lo, of Concord and formerly of Lincoln, passed away on December 6, 2015 at the age of 97. Steve was born in Beijing, China and moved as a child with his family to Shanghai. He began attending Tsinghua University, but in 1938, after the Japanese army attacked and occupied Shanghai, his father sent him to England to study. He attended both Oxford and London Universities as he explored different fields. Soon, however, invasion by the German army seemed imminent, and in 1940 Steve came to the United States. Having decided to study architecture, Steve enrolled in M.I.T. and completed a bachelor's degree in architecture and then a master's degree in city planning in 1944.

He worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York and on projects with a few other firms before joining Hugh Stubbins and Associates in 1949. At Stubbins, Steve led the interior design department and worked on many schools including Hampshire College, UMass Amherst, Brandeis University, Harvard University, and the Loeb Drama Center as well as private residences. He was an accomplished photographer and took many photos for the firm in the twenty years he was there.

In 1956, he met and married Cynthia (Yichao) Mei, who became a software engineer in the fledgling field of computer science. They lived in Cambridge for a few years before settling in Lincoln. Steve finished his career at the Department of Community Affairs (later called the Executive Office of Communities and Development) at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Steve loved natural history and was interested in astronomy. He had many hobbies over the years, including keeping parakeets and tropical fish, bird watching, skiing, golf, tennis, bridge, playing the game of Go (weiqi), and traveling. He also designed furniture for the family's home.

Steven and Cynthia had two children, Mark and Shauna, who both live in the Boston area. Mark is married to Patricia Shaw with whom he has a son, Griffin. Steve also leaves a sister, Shih Tung, in Shanghai.

In 2003, Steve and Cynthia downsized and moved to Concord Greene, a condominium community. Steve passed away peacefully at the Pine Knoll Nursing Center.

Services will be private

Donations in his memory may be made to:
Mass Audubon Society
208 S. Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773


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