Mr. Peter Kwang-Yung Tsao CBE - Down the Memory Lane – Lasallians Remembered

Mr. Tsao, Peter Kwang-Yung , CBE

Date of Birth: 7 October 1933 Date of Death: 6 June 2005


A former senior government Official, Mr Peter Tsao passed away in 6 June 2005, in Thailand. Peter Kwang Yung Tsao CBE (Chinese: 曹廣榮) was a career civil servant of Hong Kong Tsao was Secretary for Administrative Services and Information (行政司) and Secretary for Home Affairs (政務司) of colonial Hong Kong Government from 1985 to 1991. He was the first ethnic Chinese person to be in a secretary-level position during colonial administration. He was described as “Bad Boy Tsao” in headlines in 1986 when he was posted to Brussels as representative for Hong Kong trade relations with the European Union.

1933 – born in Shanghai

1950 – emigrated to Hong Kong, educated at La Salle College and St. Joseph’s College

1955 – worked at Royal Observatory as computing officer (grade III), later worked as hygiene officer and assistant trade officer at the government

1979 – Director of Trade, Industry and Customs

1981 – Director of Industry

1983 – Director of Information Services

1986 – Representative to Brussels

1986 – Secretary for Administrative Services and Information

1989 – CBE

1990 – Secretary for Home Affairs – ranking fourth in the colonial hierarchy

1991 – Retired

2005 – died in Thailand

Contributed by: Clement Chan (87)         2005-08-13 15:50:23
Description: Received from the respectable Peter Leung (52),the Honourary President of LSOBA, Toronto, Canada.The details is as follows: Tsao Kwang Yung, Peter applied and was admitted to matriculation class, Lower six, in 1954-55. He was in Brother Hugues Class. stayed there for about two to three months. His father was a high ranked Health Officer. Knowing that there was a vacancy in the Department, he told his son to quit studying and join Government service. The rest is history. Peter Tsao had a brother who also studied in La Salle.
Contributed by: Clement Chan (87)         2005-08-02 13:07:49
Description: SJCOBA says the late Mr. Tsao graduated from Class of 1954 of SJC.
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