Ronald S. Wu ’68 passed away Sep. 8, 2020. A physician blessed with extraordinary skills and a calm, quiet manner, he touched countless lives with great care and grace during his nearly 50 years in private practice.
During the past 16 years, he battled lung cancer and remained committed to his patients until he retired in June 2017.
Dr. Wu was born in 1941, on the small island of Gulangyu, close to the coastal city of Xiamen, China. He began his education in Singapore and eventually came to the United States to complete his undergraduate studies at Union College, followed by four years at LLUSM. There he met a young lady named Georgiana and two weeks after he completed medical school, he and Georgiana were married.
The couple moved to Glendale and Dr. Wu began an internship and residency at Glendale Adventist Hospital. It was a busy time for the young doctor, often working days at the hospital and nights in emergency rooms around Los Angeles to save up so he and Georgiana could buy a home in Glendale and eventually start a family.
During his internship, Dr. Wu made a decision to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. For nearly half a century he dedicated his practice to providing the highest skilled care to women with difficult pregnancies and deliveries. He helped bring more than 20,000 healthy babies into the world.
His practice drew patients from throughout the U.S. and beyond. In 1994, Dr. Wu delivered triplets vaginally to a 50-year-old woman. He remembered this experience as a highlight of his career.
Not only did Dr. Wu guide mothers and their families through challenging times, he was also a mentor to countless physicians, medical students, and nurses. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, his “Dr. Wu-isms,” and his celebratory whistle.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 52 years, Georgiana; daughters, Roxanne Wu and Crystal Simpson (Bryan); granddaughter, Eryn; and brother, Gary.
(Source: Family of Dr. Wu)