With deepest sympathy I offer this tribute:
In February of 2023, George (Qingzhi) Zhao contacted a mutual friend, Duane Maxey online through http://holinessdataministry.net/
He reported to Reverend Maxey that he was translating “Remarkable Incidents and Modern Miracles through Prayer and Faith”, by Guy C Bevington. Although very fluent in the English language, he had questions about the rare idioms, regional expressions and colloquialisms used by the author. Reverend Maxey asked me to respond to his questions. Thus began an email exchange that lasted until he digitally published his translation and after. He told me once that he was a sick man but I otherwise would not have known it. Naturally, he was interested in the many incidents of divine healing recorded in this book. Yet, one must ask: there are countless books on healing, why did he pick this old book to spend his last days on earth translating?
I personally believe he chose Bevington’s book because it addresses both physical healing and the healing of the corrupt nature of the human heart. Bevington called this Heart Purity and Entire Sanctification. Furthermore, he (and many others) believed and taught this experience made it possible for the “born-again” believer to love God “with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” Mark 12:30.
I have only corresponded with George (Qingzhi) Zhao a short while, but his Christian sincerity impressed me. I feel I have lost a friend and a brother-in-Christ.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for all the family.
I am praying that the God of all grace will be your comfort during this time of bereavement.
Sincerely in Christ
Remembering Dr. George Qingzhi Zhao
In honour of our dear colleague and friend, Dr. George Qingzhi Zhao, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library pays tribute to his remarkable legacy. With 22 dedicated years at our library, George profoundly touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Joining our library on January 4, 2001, as the Chinese Original Cataloguer and Reference Specialist, George quickly became an integral part of our library family. His passion for knowledge and warm spirit created an environment of learning and friendship.
In 2008, George earned his PhD from the University of Toronto's Department of East Asian Studies. His dissertation, “Marriage as Political Strategy and Cultural Expression: Mongolian Royal Marriages from World Empire to Yuan Dynasty,” published by Peter Lang, illuminated the fascinating world of Mongolian royal unions spanning eras. Beyond academia, he extended his influence to students in the U.S., sharing insights on Chinese civilization and culture.
George's commitment remained strong, even during his health-related absence starting in 2020. He played an important role in significant projects involving our library's Chinese rare books, collaborating with institutions in China.
But George was more than just his accomplishments. His friendly smile brightened our hallways, fostering a sense of togetherness and community.
As we bid farewell, we also celebrate the privilege of having shared a part of our lives with George. His memory will continue to inspire us to pursue knowledge and connection.
In Fond Remembrance,
Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
Rest in Peace!
Rest in peace.