June 10, 1918 - November 08, 2017
June 10, 1918 - November 8, 2017
Wood Moy was the son of Dong Dubb Moy and Mee Yung Oy. He was born in Canton City, China in 1918 and came to the United States in 1921. He attended St. John's University in Shanghai but returned to the United States in 1937 after Shanghai was attacked by Japan. He earned his Bachelor's degree from New York University in 1941.
Woody served in the U.S. Army's 987th Signal Company during World War II from 1942-1945. The 987th was one of two all-Chinese-American companies. During this time he traveled to India and Burma as a medical technician and a radio repairman.
In 1947 Woody, his future wife, Mamie Louie, and his future brother-in-law, Henry Louie drove from Cleveland to San Francisco in order to expand East Wind, their magazine that chronicled the Chinese-American experience. Shortly after arriving in San Francisco, Woody and Henry founded East Wind Printers based in Chinatown. Woody and Mamie wed in 1947, and were happily married until her death in 2007.
Woody lived a full and rewarding life. He may best be remembered as a pioneer in the Asian American Theatre Company. He joined the company in 1972 and soon was acting in movies, plays, and TV. His defining moment was playing the lead in the critically acclaimed 1982 movie "Chan is Missing". His passion and dedication to acting overflowed into his life in general. He was a generous, gentle, and loving father. To friends and acquaintances, his even temperament was a joy.
He is survived by children Lincoln Moy (Yvonne), Kenneth Moy (Hang Wah), and Cynthia Attiyeh (Michael) and grandchildren Brian, Matthew, Jacqueline, Travis, and Quentin.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2017.