Doreen Yen Hung Feng, 57, a technology commercialization specialist in the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency, was killed in the crash July 12 of a twin-engine plane near Nome, Alaska.
Miss Feng, who was responsible for designing and initiating rural programs in fisheries and acquaculture (fish and shellfish farming) for minority groups, was traveling to Alaska with seven federal and Alaskan officials and civic leaders to inspect native fishing villages. All seven passengers and the plane's pilot were killed when the plane crashed into a fog-shrouded bluff, according to Alaska state troopers.
The crash is being investigated by the National Transporation Safety Board.
The daughter of a former Chinese ambassador to Mexico, Miss Feng was born in Lima, Peru, and lived in Mexico for a number of years.
Before joining the Commerce Department in 1973, she was a program analyst for the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Miss Feng wrote and illustrated a best-selling cookbook, "The Joy of Chinese Cooking," and worked with the well-known muralist, Miguel Covarrubias, on three government-sponsored murals.
She graduated from the Univeristy of California. She was a member of the Mexican Equestrian team and fought bulls in Mexico and in Spain.
Miss Feng, who lived in Bethesda, was divorced from Carlton Badell.
Survivors include two children, Charles Philip and Charleen Marie Badell of Bethesda and her parents Dr. and Mrs. C. T. Feng, and a brother, Ivan Y. T. Feng, all of New York City.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.