Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2014
Joanna WONG Quee Heng
BSc (Hons) (1963)
Former Registrar, NUS

Mrs Joanna Wong Quee Heng is chemistry and culture personified. Following her outstanding stint as Head Prefect, in her studies and the performing arts she read chemistry at our University on a Penang State Scholarship. She won a University of Singapore Students’ Union Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding All-Round Student in 1962. She had also gained and given much to Eusoff College where she was Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) President and later Senior Common Room Committee (SCRC) member. Her career, commitment and contributions benefitted University administration for 38 years. Her roles range from Administrative Assistant and Assistant Registrar to Deputy, Acting and then Registrar. She served seven Vice-Chancellors and a student body that grew from 2,400 to over 26,000. She had also helped Nanyang University (NU) as Registrar on secondment (1977–1980). This undoubtedly was a vital factor in the historic and smooth merger of NU and Univer- sity of Singapore (SU) to establish National University of Singapore (NUS).

Besides the University, Singapore and many beyond our shores benefitted from her time and talents, inputs and contributions. Whether as performer or promoter, actress or advocate, she brought the riches of Chinese culture and heritage espe- cially its opera to countless countries and cultures, homes and hearts. Together with husband Leslie (also a committed hall resident and SCRC of DRH-Sheares Hall), they recently produced and performed a historic and memorable Chinese Opera in English, premiered in NUS itself.

Her many other contributions in community service and leadership have been not only appreciated by the local and global community but also recognised through prestigious awards like the Public Service Award (BBM) in 1974, the Cultural Medallion in 1981, the highest national award for excellence in the Arts and her appointment as Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1998.

In Singapore where excellence and service are hallmarks of our great citizens and where family values are also promoted and treasured, Mrs Wong has also been exemplary as devoted wife and mother and where her two daughters as NUS alumni have also done their parents and their common alma mater proud.

“Be steadfast in your service and persistent in your passion and pursuits.”

In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, we honour Mrs Joanna Wong with the 2014 Distinguished Science Alumnus Award.