Dr. William Wu, an internationally-respected neurosurgeon and professor emeritus of the UMKC School of Medicine, died in late June. He was 102.
According to an obituary in the Kansas City Star, Wu broke the color line in Kansas City’s segregated medical profession in 1950, when he was accepted into the Jackson County Medical Society and allowed to practice in area hospitals.
A compassionate doctor with an incredible life story, Wu knew all too well the struggles facing Chinese students. With those struggles in mind, Wu created the William Q. Wu Merit Scholarship Fund in 1990. The fund assists Chinese students studying at UMKC and UMKC students studying in China. UMKC International Academic Programs manages the scholarship fund; year after year, the fund helps undergraduate or graduate students complete their studies.
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 at 2 p.m. on the deceased’s birthday, Nov. 11, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terr., Kansas City, MO 64113.