QINGDAO, China James R. Ely, patriarch of the Lakewood Washington Stake, has received the highest award presented by the city of Qingdao, China. It is presented to foreign residents of Qingdao for their "outstanding contributions to the economic construction and social development of Qingdao City." He was one of 18 recipients of the award, including the Hong Kong director of General Mills, a Japanese professor of oceanology who is a member of the Chinese Academy of Science, chairman of COSCO-Wellen shipping management and the director of the Qingdao container shipping terminal.
The patriarch is in China teaching at Qingdao University, a major institution with 40,000 students. Qingdao is a port city of 8 million located across the Yellow Sea from South Korea.