In memory of Eunice Su (MS 1961), family and friends established the Eunice S. Wu Memorial Fund for Chinese American Women in Chemistry. Each year, an Asian American woman studying and excelling in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be awarded a scholarship on May 26th, Eunice’s birthday.
Eunice Su was born in Beijing, China on May 26, 1937. Eunice and her family fled to Taiwan in 1949, where she later graduated from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan in 1959 with a degree in chemistry. Eunice received her Master’s degree in chemistry from University of Illinois where her father, Jasen Su, taught as a visiting professor for a number of years.
Eunice began her career working for Dr. Henry A. Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research in Madison, Wisconsin between 1961-1963. In 1964, Eunice worked as a chemist for Pabst Blue Ribbon in Milwaukee before she joined the staff of the Blood Center of Wisconsin. In 1967, Eunice worked as a clinical chemist at the Montefiore Hospital outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before she moved with her husband to Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1970 to raise their three children. Beginning in 1971, Eunice supervised the Radioimmunoassay Laboratory at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which she retired in 1987.