In memory of Eunice (Su) Wu (MS, ‘61), family and friends established the Eunice S. Wu Memorial Fund for Chinese American Women in Chemistry in 2015 to provide scholarships for Asian American women studying chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 the University of Illinois where her father, Jasen Su, (MS, '43, PhD, '46, economics) had graduated.
Eunice began her career working for Dr. Henry A. Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research in Madison, Wisconsin between 1961 and 1963. In 1964, Eunice worked as a chemist for Pabst Blue Ribbon in Milwaukee before joining 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 moving 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.