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In remembrance of Pro-Chancellor Dr Andrew Chew

01 March 2012

   The late NUS Pro-Chancellor Dr Andrew Chew

NUS is greatly saddened by news of the passing of our Pro-Chancellor Dr Andrew Chew Guan Khuan yesterday morning.

Said NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan: "Dr Chew has been our Pro-Chancellor since 1996, and was much respected within the NUS community. He was a constant, and well-liked, figure at our events and the University has benefitted greatly from his support and encouragement. We will miss his presence deeply."

An alumnus of NUS' predecessor institution, the University of Malaya, Dr Chew graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1955.

He subsequently joined Singapore's Ministry of Health as a Medical Officer, and rose through the ranks from Medical Superintendent at various hospitals to Director of Medical Services in 1977 and the ministry's Permanent Secretary in 1978.

Dr Chew held many prominent leadership roles throughout his 52 years in the civil service, including about 10 years as concurrently Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Division in the Prime Minister's Office as well as Head of the Civil Service.

He had also served as Chairman of the Central Provident Fund Board (1994 to 1998) and Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) (1998 to 2008), and received several distinguished service awards, the most recent being the Order of Nila Utama (Second Class) in 2008.

Paying tribute to Dr Chew upon his retirement as PSC Chairman in 2008, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commended him for having exemplified the best traditions of the Public Service and done the nation proud. PM Lee described Dr Chew's contributions to Singapore as "singularly outstanding", and gave recognition to the instrumental role he had played in creating a high-quality Singapore Public Service that is today admired across the world.