I was fortunate to learn from the most humble person on earth during my fellowship in Iowa City. There are many moments in my clinical practice when I pause and thank her for the educational experience I had with her.
I am heartbroken, to say the least.
My deepest condolences go out to the family.
We, TMC631 friends, classmates of Dr. Y-Chen Kuo, at Taipei Medical College, are sharing the saddening news of Y-Chen’s passing away. We entered TMC in 1974 and graduated in 1981. With a class of over 100 medical students, among them were Y-Chen and Chou-Long. Quickly, TMC631 friends pulled out old photos and refreshed the memory of our college lives that are over 40 years away by now. Y-Chen’s sweet smiles and witty kindness are in everyone’s mind. Yet Professor Chou-Long Huang’s scholar aptitude was obvious at his young age. Collectively, we wish to comfort Y-Chen’s family with love. Without physical attendance at the memorial, our thoughts are with you, and Y-Chen will always be remembered as the “fair young lady” of TMC631. A short PowerPoint file has been sent to Joycelyn, and this assembly collected representative words and condolences, which have been put up in the “LINE” social network in the past week by the TMC631 friends.
Her smile with the loving and caring appearance on the portrait of her tribute site is typical of Dr. Y-Chen Elizabeth Kuo. I treasure it forever from now on. She was extraordinarily beautiful as a lady Nephrologist. That was my first impression of her about 2-3 decades ago on the K5 Nephrology floor at UTSWMED.
I saw Ivan supporting his mother out of the elevator of the building K5 before my husband and I knew she had breast cancer. When I heard that she had breast cancer, I was very shocked and very worried about her. I knew how difficult it could be because I lost my youngest sister due to breast cancer 4-5 years earlier. I began to write to her. Since then we had been writing to each other, up to last Mother's day, in recent years on social media called "Line". She "Line" me a video of Yo-Yo Ma and his wife's performance. She has been a very warm lady who likes to share with everyone happiness and good life. I replied to her and wished her and her mother - *Happy Mother's Day*. And then she Line "We wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and many years more. "
My husband and I could not stop recalling all the good times we had together with her and her family. One time she included in a thank you card a gift card of a Restaurant. Few years later, She invited us and one senior lady to a restaurant. When she talked about her original family, it was very impressive to us how humble she was.
Jocelyn was very respectful of her mother. One time I said to Jocelyn that her mom was very beautiful and very kind to us. Jocelyn replied that her mother is very kind and thoughtful to anyone around her.
Right before Dr. Elizabeth Kuo returned to work in Iowa, she invited us and a couple of old friends to her house. That was when we met her mother for the first time and realized how beautiful and noble her mother and she have been.
Dear Dr. Huang, Jocelyn and Ivan, at this most difficult time, my husband and I are spiritually with you all. We humbly and urgently pray for Dr. Huang's speedy recovery physically and mentally. For all of your family, we love and keep all of you in our hearts. We pray that Dr. Y-Chen Elizabeth Kuo rests in peace!
Uncle Chou-Long, Jocelyn and Ivan,
Our hearts go out to you on the loss of Aunt Elizabeth. She was such a caring, kind and gentle person, full of compassion, humility and inner strength. She blessed my life and that of my own family, especially my mom (they were like sisters). We grieve with you on her passing. May the Lord comfort you with his love, peace and presence during this time of mourning. You are all very much loved by God and by your friends and family. We are here with you today and in the long days to come.