Ocean Alexander mourns death of its founder

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Alex Chueh, founder of Ocean Alexander, died in his sleep Tuesday after a long battle with a terminal illness, the company announced. He was 77.

Born Oct. 19, 1933, in Fujian, China, Chueh pursued a career with the military early in life. He graduated from the Taiwan Military Academy and enlisted in the army, retiring from full service in 1970.

Chueh started Ocean Alexander in 1978, with the 50 Mark I as the first vessel. About five years later, his yard built Nighthawk, a 70-foot motoryacht and one of the largest yachts ever produced by an Asian yard.

"Alex will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the Asian yacht industry, successfully establishing a market in the U.S. for his boats," the company said in a statement. "During his lifetime, over 1,500 Ocean Alexander boats were completed and over 40 new models introduced as the company grew with his vision and the continued vision of his son, John Chueh."

The private funeral will take place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Notes of condolence can be e-mailed to notes@oceanalexander.com.

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