Qiuyan Wu, 58
Research Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb
(1963 - 2022)
Qiuyan Wu of Montgomery Township died suddenly on February 4. She was 58.
Qiuyan was born in Jinjiang, China in 1963 and later moved to Quanzhou, where she met her best friend and future husband, Sean Shuyong Chen, at the age of 12.
Both Sean and Qiuyan went on to graduate from Xiamen University, would marry in 1986, and immigrated to the United States together in 1989.
Qiuyan and Sean built a beautiful life together, raising two daughters and calling the Princeton area their home for the last 24 years.
She started her career in biology as a self-taught technician and was a research scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb in Lawrenceville, where she was employed for the last 18 years.
Qiuyan loved learning new things and enjoyed taking photographs, making art, singing in the church choir, tending to flowers (especially orchids), reading Chinese blogs (a family joke), and helping others.
She was a quick study who could pick up anything and naturally end up doing it better than anyone else. She was the best cook who nurtured all those around her, the best person to have in your corner, and the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, colleague, and friend that anyone who was lucky to have known her. Above all, she was a fierce protector of her family.
She is survived by her husband, Sean Chen; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Chen, Alice Chen-Taylor, and Alex Taylor; father and mother, Zunzuo Wu and Ruiqing Chen; and two sisters, Jiayan and Luyan Wu and their families.
She was a faithful member of Princeton Christian Church who loved the Lord. The family is grateful to the PCC community for their tremendous care and ongoing support.
The family thanks the staff in the Neurocritical Care Unit at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the compassion, dignity, and respect they showed to Qiuyan and her family. Qiuyan’s family is also grateful to the NJ Sharing Network for the opportunity to give the gift of life through the donation of her organs. ■