Laura Chin, former executive director of a Chinese American nonprofit group and a retired transit marketing specialist for the Maryland Department of Transportation, died May 31 at her home in Bethesda. She was 67.
She had a brain tumor, said her husband, Peter Meyers.
From 1988 until her retirement in 2006, Ms. Chin worked as a state transit marketing specialist for Montgomery County. Earlier in her career, she was chief public information officer in the Office of the Special Counsel of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and a writer and editor for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
She was an Asian American civil rights activist and the executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans from 1982 to 1984. She was also a past vice president of Washington’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Council, and she chaired what is now the Federal Asian Pacific American Council.
Laura Chin was born in Taishan, a coastal city in southern China, and moved to Brooklyn when she was an infant. She was a 1968 graduate of New York City’s Hunter College and received a master’s degree in history from George Washington University in 1971.
Ms. Chin received an outstanding service award from the Department of Justice for her work with the Asian American community, and she was named employee of the year by the Maryland Transportation Department in 1995.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Peter Meyers of Bethesda; a son, Aaron Meyers of New York City; a sister; and a brother.
— Megan McDonough