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Hoang Dothe

Monday, December 14th, 1959 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Hoang Dothe of Wellesley, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on June 1 st , 2020. He was 60 years old. A loving and devoted son, husband and father, he was adored for his deeply thoughtful, passionate and sincere nature, as well as a tendency to make people laugh. He will be forever missed.
Hoang was born on December 14 th , 1959 in Saigon, Vietnam (now Ho Chi Minh City). A bright, inquisitive and mischievous young boy, Hoang spent his younger years reading “The Adventures of Tin Tin” and playing with his cousins in the courtyard. Son to the famous violinist/conductor, Phiet Dothe and pianist, Thuyen Nguyen, Hoang developed a love for music at an early age and could often be heard playing violin on the radio. He graduated from the National Conservatory in Saigon at age 13 and was a top student at Lycée Marie Curie, where he attended high school until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
The family had planned to flee South Vietnam on the night of April 28 th , 1975 via plane, only to discover that the airport had been bombed earlier in the day. They unpacked all of their belongings, believing that they were stranded. But the next day, they received hurried notification that they would be able to escape after all, this time by boat. Hoang escaped Saigon on April 29 th on an American cargo ship with his mother, taking his violin with him as his single allowed baggage.
While spending several months on the U.S. Army Base in the Philippines, followed by Wake Island, and Fort Chaffee in Arkansas, Hoang practiced the violin all day, every day. He and his mother arrived at Weyers Cave Airport on Friday August 28, 1975 and were taken to their new home in Bridgewater, Virginia. Hoang immediately performed for their Rotary Club sponsors when they noticed his violin and asked him to play. The following Monday he enrolled at Turner Ashby High School, in the 11 th grade. He completed all of his required courses in one year and received his high school diploma at age 16.
During these first few years in America, he performed at many local events, music festivals and other venues, including an annual Rotary Club recital established to showcase Hoang and his mother’s piano students. While pursuing his undergraduate and graduate studies he also served as concertmaster of the universities’ orchestra in addition to his solo performances. He spent the summer of 1977 at the Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he studied under many great violinists of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1980, he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the orchestra at James Madison University. He also quickly became an avid football fan during this period, particularly a Washington Redskins fan. He later became a New England Patriots fan when he moved to Boston.
Hoang graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Bridgewater College in 1980 and then was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D in theoretical physical chemistry in 1987. He performed his thesis work with the physics department, exploring group theoretical techniques for the analysis of atomic energy levels. Hoang completed postdoctoral studies at Boston University, and in 1989, was selected as a Geophysics Scholar at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB where he developed quantum mechanical models to calculate collision cross sections relevant to the Earth’s atmosphere. He then continued his research in aeronomy at the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory from 1992 to 1998, working for Mei Technology Corp. and Yap Analytics Inc. Since joining the scientific staff at Spectral Sciences Inc. in 1998, his research continued to focus on chemical kinetics, spectroscopy, high temperature combustion, and aeronomy. He led the high- altitude research group, developing software describing the infrared and ultraviolet radiative environment of quiescent and disturbed atmospheres. He demonstrated how to efficiently couple this software to target recognition and ray tracing algorithms. More recently, he has developed spectroscopic techniques and software tools to help understand the chemistry and
high-temperature environment produced by high-energy explosives. Recalling their collaboration on a grant from NASA, his former adviser described Hoang as “terrific to work with, always thinking about new angles to push the research and new ways to bring collaborations together, and tireless in his curiosity.”
He met his wife, Chaomei, during his post-doctorate studies at Boston University, by the graduate student mailboxes. They married in June 1992 and together have one daughter, Emily.
Alongside his career in science, his love for music never wavered; every week during the concert season for the past 33 years, Hoang could be found at Symphony Hall listening to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Whether he was by himself or accompanied by family and friends, it was through music he found the most satisfaction and tranquility.
A purposeful, modest, sentimental and cultured man, Hoang had so much to offer and spread wisdom, insight and good laughs to everyone around him. He had a remarkable ability to make people feel at ease, often leading to exciting discussions over wine and cheese around art, history, politics and travel, in addition to music and science. His enthusiastic spirit and genuine pursuit of new knowledge will continue to inspire those who knew him.
Hoang is survived by his wife, Chaomei, his mother, Thuyen, and his daughter, Emily. Due to Covid-19 limitations, a large memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in memory of Hoang Dothe at
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Tru Vu

Posted at 08:10pm
Dear Cô Phiệt, Chow-Mei and Emily,
Please accept my deepest condolences. May fond memories of anh Hoằng bring you comfort.

(I’m going to have some words with him in Vietnamese.)

Anh Hoằng mến,
Mình còn đang rôm rả mấy câu chuyện âm nhạc, chưa kịp hồi âm email vừa rồi của anh thì anh đã vội vã ra đi. Mọi người ở đây rất nhớ anh.
Biết anh từ lúc nhỏ, khi còn lui tới căn gác nhà anh đường Đặng Dung mỗi tuần để học đàn thầy Hiền. Có lần thấy anh lên TV đài Saigon biểu diễn trơn tru một tác phẩm nào đó thật khó thì rất khâm phục. Sau này qua Mỹ, sau khi quen biết và nói chuyện với anh, thấy anh rất cởi mở và chân tình, đặc biệt khi bàn về âm nhạc thì rất hăng say. Có những lúc anh đã cảm thán là lúc mới qua Mỹ, lần đầu vác đàn đi học đã gặp phải một ông thầy hắc ám, chỉ biết chê bai, không hề khuyến khích, đã gián tiếp làm giấc mơ âm nhạc của anh tan theo mây khói. Mọi người sau này biết anh là một vật lý gia tài ba, khuyên anh buồn làm gì, một tiến sĩ vật lý vẫn rủng rỉnh tiền hơn một nhạc sĩ mà. Anh chỉ cười trừ. Đối với anh, âm nhạc mới là chuyện lớn, mọi chuyện khác đều nhỏ như con thỏ. Nhắc tới chuyện công việc, hôm nọ khi nói chuyện với mẹ anh, bà vừa khoe vừa tiếc là mới phát hiện ra anh đang thực hiện dở dang một dự án quan trọng được NASA đài thọ và bảo trợ. Sau đó bà lại phàn nàn là đống dĩa nhạc của anh lên cả ngàn cái, không hiểu anh sưu tập kiểu chi mà “khủng hoảng rứa.” Té ra anh là một người đa tài nhưng lại rất khiêm tốn, coi bộ là “hàng hiếm” đó.
Đến thế giới mới chắc anh đã gặp lại bố anh? Ông cụ có đưa anh đi nghe nhạc và mua sắm sách và dĩa nhạc như lúc anh còn nhỏ không? Kể ra anh đâu kém gì ông. Cha nào con đó mà. Nếu đi nhớ rủ thầy Tùng đi cùng nhé vì thầy ấy mới đến, chắc vẫn còn bỡ ngỡ.
Hẹn gặp lại mọi người sau. Happy Father’s Day!


Hằng Dương

Posted at 08:23pm
Dear Cô Phiệt, Chao Mei and Emily,
Con là Dương Túy Hằng, hoc trò khoa Piano trường QGAN Saigon. Gia đình Con vô cùng thương tiếc sư ra đi đột ngột của Hoằng.
Con kính xin chia buồn cùng Cô, Chaomei và Emily trong nỗi mất mát lớn lao này. Mong Cô và gia đình được nhiều ơn lành và sức khỏe!
May beautiful memories of our Hoằng, a talented, warm, charismatic violinist and scholar live on in our minds and hearts to give us comfort during this difficult time.
Kính Cô!
Túy Hằng

Y Thuần

Posted at 03:39pm

Chère Madame Phiêt, vous me permettrez de me présenter, je suis Y Thuần, votre ancienne élève au Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique de Saigon.
Après 45 ans, je suis très heureuse de vous retrouver sur Facebook. Cependant, c’est avec une grande tristesse que j'ai appris la disparition de Thê Hoang. Cette nouvelle m'a énormément atterrée ! Je me rappelle encore de ce jeune violoniste talentueux au regard doux et accueillant... Soyez rassurée que nous (la famille Trinh) partageons votre chagrin en ces moments difficiles. Veuillez recevoir, chère Madame Phiêt, nos sincères condoléances et croire en nos respectueux sentiments.


Khue Nguyen

Posted at 04:40pm
Thưa bác,
Một lần nữa cháu xin được thành thật chia buồn với bác và gia đình trước sự ra đi đột ngột của Hoằng. Hôm nay nhờ Vũ Trụ tổ chức, được gặp lại bác qua Zoom sau 16 năm lần chót gặp, và được các thầy trò, anh em, bạn bè kể lại những kỷ niệm vui với Hoằng, thật là quý.
Cháu xin được gửi tới bác một tấm hình chụp với bác, Hoằng và Emily năm 2004 lúc hội ngộ QGAN ở San Jose.
Kính bác và xin bác giữ gìn sức khỏe.

Cháu Nguyễn Hữu Khuê

anh Kinh

Posted at 04:40am
You are in my thoughts.
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