LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2011) – Edwin Kwoh, a self-made businessman with a long history of involvement and service to the community of Los Angeles, passed away on Monday, May 30. He was 95.
Edwin Kwoh was married to actress Beulah Kwoh (stage name Beulah Quo) who passed away in 2002. He is survived by son Stewart Kwoh, the executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center; daughter Mary Ellen Shu; daughter-in-law Pat Lee Kwoh; son-in-law Jack Shu; and five grandchildren, Steven and Nathan Kwoh, and Christina, Teddy and Julia Shu.
Edwin Kwoh was a long-time supporter of APALC, as a member of the Executive Advisory Council.
“My father was a truly compassionate and giving person,’’ Stewart Kwoh said. “He was a guiding light in my life.”
The son of devout Christians, Edwin Kwoh received his master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and his PhD from Columbia University before returning to China in the 1940s to become the dean of students at Ginling College, the first school in China to award bachelor’s degrees to women. Upon his return to the United States, Edwin Kwoh and his wife Beulah soon settled in Los Angeles with their family.
For the next five decades, Edwin Kwoh devoted himself to his family and his community. He started an import/export company and was involved in a number of non-profits, including the Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America. He served as a local board member of Volunteers of America and helped develop the organization’s China Project, which led to a number of U.S. volunteers training individuals in China on topics ranging from policing to accounting.
Edwin Kwoh also was a longtime member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, which later joined with Wilshire Presbyterian Church. He also enjoyed cooking for family and friends.
“I have always and respected Edwin Kwoh immensely. He always practiced what he preached – love thy neighbors,’’ said John Lim, APALC board chair and partner at Lim Ruger. “He will be missed.”
For those interested in doing so, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Edwin Kwoh” to any of the following groups that Edwin Kwoh actively supported:
Asian Pacific American Legal Center: 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 or www.apalc.org
East West Players: 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Volunteers of America: 3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Wilshire Presbyterian Church: 300 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020