Dr. Kim Howard Tan

March 24, 1926 ~ April 28, 2018 (age 92)

Dr. Kim Howard Tan

Dr. Kim Howard Tan, 92, of Greensboro, GA passed away at his residence on April 28, 2018.  Dr. Tan was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 24, 1926 to Tjeng Lee and Phoa Goat Nio Tan.  He graduated from the University of Indonesia earning a PhD in Agronomy and for ten years he taught in Indonesia. In 1957 he married the former Yelli Wijaya from Indonesia. In 1967 he packed up his family and moved to the United States to give his family a better life.  For a year he worked at Colorado State before transferring to the University of Georgia.  He took pride in working as a professor at The University of Georgia from 1968 to 1995, and in his spare time he wrote books and published 12 scientific books. He loved to read and watch his bulldogs. After he retired in 1995 he moved to Greensboro and enjoyed being a visiting professor to his former students.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eddy Gunawan, and is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Yelli Tan of Greensboro, GA; son Budi Tan (Mutiara) of Atlanta, GA; brother, Harry Hartawan of Jakarta, Indonesia; grandson, Christian Tan; other relatives and friends. 

His wonderful spirit, joy, and talents will be celebrated at an 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at McCommons Chapel, 109 W Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Pancha Anugerah officiating. The family will receive friends at 10:00 am until time for service.  The family requests that any memorials be made to the University of Georgia, Development & Alumni Relations, 394 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30602.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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