Eugene Y. Hsi, 67, engineering consultant


Eugene Y. Hsi, 67, president of a civil engineering consulting firm who was active in several other businesses and cultural groups, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital after a stroke.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ruck-Towson funeral establishment, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Hsi, who lived in Towson, was president of Transviron Inc., a Lutherville engineering company specializing in water and sewer projects. He was a founder of the firm, then known as Hsi, Brenner and Day, in 1961.

He also owned the Sugar Plum, a candy and gift shop in the same building.

In the early 1970s, he was a partner in the Mandarin House Restaurant on University Parkway and then became a partner in the Bamboo Inn in Catonsville. For a short time in the 1980s, he was also a partner in the Last Chance Inn in Columbia.

A member of the board of the Chinese Language School of Baltimore and the council of the Hackerman House, he also was a founder of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of Rho Psi Fraternity.

He was active in the Chinese Folk Art Corp., a promoter of Chinese art and culture that supports itself by running Pearl's Catering, a Cockeysville carryout shop.

A former president and a member of the board of the Organization of Chinese Americans, he also was active in the Baltimore's sister city program with Xiamen, China, and helped to organize a trip by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to Taiwan to promote trade.

Born in Shanghai, he earned a degree in civil engineering at St. John's University there before coming to the United States in 1948. He did graduate work at Oklahoma State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning degrees in sanitary engineering.

He worked for the state health department and for another engineering firm after coming to the Baltimore area in 1954.

Active in the St. John's University alumni association in the United States, he also had returned to China to lecture at universities there.

He often played tennis, most recently at the Bare Hills Tennis Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Eugenia Huang; two daughters, Emily Hsi Hoover of Belcamp and Deborah Hsi of Houston; two brothers, Paul Hsi of Sidcup, England, and Freddie Hsi of Taipei, Taiwan; a sister, Lucille Choy of Hong Kong, and a granddaughter.

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