On the day after they moved to Arnold Lane, Maryjane hurried
out the door and into the street while her mother watched her from
concealment. After nearly half and hour passed without any cars to
challenge, Maryjane gave up and returned to the house.
still needed to complete remodeling the house on Johnson Road
before he could place it on the market, and now that it was empty,
it was easier for him to work there, leaving the Arnold Lane house
half-finished. for some time.
Finally, Pat paid her older children
to help her complete the drywall and painting.
Richard was awarded a number of patents for designs and processes
that could be used either to improve the Navy’s ships or
investigate new ways of moving over water. One of the projects he
worked on was the design of a super surface effects vehicle. This
doughnut shaped hull with a series of fans that used air
power to lift the ship above the water, or the land if the ship
was intended for a landing force. He also earned a patent on a
device that used surfaces covered with a series of wet mop-like
devices to provide a simulated wave against
surfaces. One of his accomplishments involved an insight into the
weakness that was causing ice breakers to fail. Previously, the
ships were given ever thicker hulls to withstand the pressures of
breaking through ice. Richard demonstrated that the buckling was
due to a lack of structural
integrity. It would be far better
to strengthen the inner beams that supported the hull and take
some of the weight from the thickened hulls. He was awarded an
international prize for Naval Architecture as a result of the
publication of his study and bought a tuxedo for the presentation
ceremony that was held at a banquet in New York City.
to 1982 the family lived at Arnold Lane and three more children
were born as the older children began to attend first junior high
then high school. All five of the older children were selected to
participate in the ‘Gifted’ program in Fairfax County
schools, although at that time the program only extended through
the junior high level.
Lucinda was born in August, 1977.
Soon after Lucinda was born, Pat’s
parents visited in a camper that they drove cross-country. Lucinda
was a lovely little girl but she had a super sensitive skin.
Even ordinary florescent light could make her break out in hives.
Her mother devised a nylon windbreaker with the sleeves sewn
so that Lucinda could not scratch her face until it bled. In
picture you can see the customary pose: Pat holding
Lucinda’s hand firmly in her own to keep her from rubbing at
group portrait of the seven children, taken when Lucinda was
two years old.
Back Row: Richard, Tisha and
Front Row: Maryjane and Nancy. Meg holds Lucinda
the time that this picture was taken, Richard Hung-hsiung began to
look for another property to purchase. He found a little house on
more than an acre of land on Columbia Road in Annandale. This time
he did not try to remodel the house immediately, but made some
necessary improvements and rented it out with plans to make some
major changes in the future. The closing for the house came almost
simultaneously with the birth of Eliza on June 30, 1979.
Not long after Eliza was born,
Richard’s parents once again came from Taiwan and for a
period of several months they lived with the family on Arnold
Lane. Richard had prepared an apartment for them in the older
section of the house. They had a sitting room, a bedroom, and a
bathroom to themselves, but they shared the kitchen with the
family, eating meals together. Perhaps it was the memory of the
little daughter they had lost when they left her behind with
relatives, perhaps it was because they had little else to do, but
they took the baby, Eliza, to their hearts, urging her mother to
wean her so that they might have the entire care of her.
Pat resisted giving up this precious
fragment of time that she could spend with her little one, but for
the rest of the day and night, Eliza was the particular pet of her
After a few months the experiment in
living together as a multi-generational family failed. Richard
was, as usual, under great pressure to do various things and it
showed in his attitude toward his family. A confrontation between
three generations brought tears and protests to Ho-
face and David, who had taken up wrestling and body building,
learned that he need no longer fear a physical confrontation with
The elder Chius moved to California where their
younger son, Mark,
lived with his wife Janell and their son
Alan. Eliza was just beginning to
crawl and get into mischief,
but she was once again primarily in the care
of her mother.
This picture of the family was taken in the fall of 1979.
Meg, and then David earned honors from the Merit Scholarship
foundation and went off to college at BYU. Meg had skipped her
senior year and David had skipped two years of high school,
entering college at the age of 16 in the fall of 1981.
Chia-lin Chiu was born on October 23, 1981.
picture, taken when Sam was about a month old, shows him with his
sisters Lucinda and Eliza. Pat decided that she needed a break
from the many broken appliances, plumbing, and other household
items that Richard was too busy to fix.
She took her youngest children to
Utah on a Greyhound bus in the middle of the winter, leaving
Richard to look after the older, school-age children; Nancy,
Tisha, Richard, and Maryjane. They arranged that the family would
meet again at Christmas when they would be together in Utah with
their college-aged children, Meg and David.
As a Christmas
present for Pat’s parents and her brother and sisters,
Richard and Pat arranged to have a professional photographer come
to the house on Christmas day. Each of the families had a picture
taken, the entire three generations was pictured, and the children
of Margaret and David Heywood were pictured together. This is the
Chiu family on Christmas Day, 1981.