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Julius F. Sue ’38

Julius F. Sue ’38, November 6, 2002, in Los Angeles. Sue came to the U.S. from Canton, China, at the age of 13. He attended Reed with a focus in premedicine, completed a BS in 1938 at Oregon State University, and an MD from the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1941. During World War II, he served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Atlanta, and later as group surgeon with the Flying Tigers. After the war, he provided medical services to veterans and their families, and to immigrants, in Chinatown, in Los Angeles. His work to improve health care for the Asian community earned him the nickname, the "Godfather of Chinatown." Sue served as chief of medical staff and as a member of the board of directors of French Hospital (Pacific Alliance Medical Center), where he was instrumental in setting up the ICU and CCU units. He was also vice president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, commander of the American Legion Post 628, and was a founding member of the Chinese American Medical Association of Southern California (Chinese Physicians for Chinatown). He married Eleanor Young in 1947, and they raised three sons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2003

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