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The cause of death was complications related to prostate cancer, said his daughter, Vera Wang.
The designer had rushed out to Southampton to see her father Thursday at 1 a.m., several hours before he died that morning, and then returned to the city for her fashion show that afternoon, tearfully taking her bow at the end of the show. She dedicated her show to him.
Although C.C. Wang tried hard to deter his daughter from a career in fashion, it was he who recognized her devotion to the industry, and suggested she start a bridal company rather than a risky ready-to-wear firm.
As Vera Wang told the WWD CEO Summit last year, her idea to start her bridal business came to her at age 40 when she was looking for the perfect dress for her own wedding. She candidly admitted, "There weren't a whole lot of viable financial suitors anxious to help with a start-up ... not even one, actually, and bridal was the only apparel-related business my family was willing to fund."
Born in Peking, China, in 1918, C.C. Wang was the younger son of Wang Han Su and Wang Wen Shuen, a military general and later war minister under Generalissimo Chiang Kai Chek. He was graduated from Yenching University with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and worked in the National Oil Refinery in Chungking, China. He later served in the Chinese Nationalist Army from 1941 to 1943 as a lieutenant colonel. He married his wife, Florence Wu, in 1942. The following year, he flew over the Himalayas to Calcutta and sailed in an unarmed and unescorted British ship to the U.S.
Wang obtained his masters degree in chemical engineering from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, and after a stint at Dupont and Firestone, he returned to China. In 1947, he founded Summit Industrial Co., and in 1948, U.S. Summit Corp. with three of his M.I.T. classmates. Together, they built an international pharmaceutical distribution business, trading company and oil business in the Far East.