William Q. Wu
Nov. 11, 1910 - June 18, 2013
Resident of Lafayette
William Q. (Bill) Wu, a retired neurosurgeon, has died of pneumonia at 102. The son of an Imperial Scholar, he was born in Guangdong province, China, and immigrated to the U.S. at age 11. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan
and met his future wife, Cecile there.
Wu joined the U.S. Army
as a doctor during World War II
. He served in China and Burma and was awarded a Bronze Star
for treating wounded under fire. Bill and Cecile married after the war. Upon his arrival in 1950, Wu became the first non-white physician admitted into the local medical society and allowed to practice in Kansas City hospitals. He was a prominent neurosurgeon in the area until his retirement in 1990.
He moved to California following Cecile's death in 2009. He is survived by William F. Wu, a science fiction writer and newspaper editor; Christopher N. Wu, a Bay Area lawyer, and his wife Jenny and son Michael, an attorney and lieutenant in the Army Reserve.
Donations in Dr. Wu's honor may be made to the William Q. Wu Merit Scholarship Fund c/o UMKC Foundation, 202 Administrative Center, 5100 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110. The scholarship was created in 1990 to promote U.S.-China student exchanges and intercultural relations. Services will be held at 2 PM on the deceased's birthday, Nov. 11, 2013 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terr., Kansas City, MO 64113.