Filemon G. Tanchoco, Jr. A simple, pleasant, hard-working, self-effacing young man, he found himself saddled at an early age with running a university upon the death of his father, its first president. He grew on with the job, ably and loyally supporting his mother, Mrs. Purificacion G. Tanchoco, the second president of the institution.
He found himself inevitably drawn into the larger problems of education of the country then. Dr. Tanchoco or Ting to all his friends received his training essentially in Science, having earned his Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in Pharmacy with distinction.
He earned his Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and took postdoctoral studies in Nuclear Chemistry and Pharmacy in the same university and at the Argonne National Laboratories in the United States .
He died on July 2, 1977 , at the young age of 49, in a tragic motor car accident, the Philippines lost one of its most knowledgeable and dedicated workers in the field of higher education.