Eric Wu ’22 remembered as kind, determined and generous soul

Eric Wu ’22 remembered as kind, determined and generous soul

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Eric Wu ’22 remembered as type, made up our minds and beneficiant soul

Circle of relatives, pals and individuals of the Brown group treasure Wu’s legacy

Frederic Whitney “Eric” Wu ’22 is remembered by means of group individuals as ‘made up our minds,’ ‘beneficiant’ and ‘quietly outstanding.’

Frederic Whitney “Eric” Wu ’22, a go-getter with a zeal for serving to others, kicked the bucket in a sad car twist of fate Sept. 23. Eric would now be 21 years outdated. 

Eric grew up in Manchester, Vermont and New York Town, the place he graduated from Saint David’s College. Eric later attended Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and would were a junior on the College this autumn.

Eric’s father, Douglas Wu, described his son as quiet and type, and anyone who “all the time went the additional mile.” 

Douglas Wu remembered that on a circle of relatives holiday to the Caribbean, Eric sought after to get a scuba diving license at age 9 however the age prohibit was once 16. However, Eric stayed up all night time learning for the take a look at or even controlled to get a really perfect rating, even if “the tank was once larger than he was once on the time.”

Eric was once additionally a devoted and flexible athlete who performed squash, ran cross-country and monitor and box and had a zeal for golfing. This yr, he was once coaching for an Ironman Triathlon in France.

Eric was once a “good younger guy,” Visiting Professor Masaki Matsubara, a pupil of Eastern Religions within the East Asia Program at Cornell who was once Wu’s professor for “RELS 1700A: The Historical past, Philosophy and Apply of Rinzai Zen: Zen Grasp Hakuin Ekaku,” wrote in an electronic mail to The Bring in.   

Matsubara remembered that Eric was once very excited about “the sensible programs of Zen to day by day lifestyles” and meditation. Eric strongly inspired Matsubara to provide night time digital meditation classes, which he made certain to faithfully attend, Matsubara wrote.

Eric’s peculiar resolution was once all the time accompanied by means of an unstoppable need to assist others.

Eric was once strongly excited about public carrier and sought after to enlist within the army or sign up for the Peace Corps after he graduated from Brown. He made certain to get up at 5:00 a.m. to wait shadow drills and trainings in Windfall School’s ROTC program, even supposing he was once no longer formally enrolled and gained no scholarships or commissions.

Wu’s father recalls that once his son was once a kid, he will be the first to dip into his allowance to provide pocket cash to an individual experiencing homelessness in the street in his community in New York Town. As soon as, on a travel to Nepal, Eric went to climb Mount Everest and returned with an empty knapsack as a result of he gave all of his high-tech mountaineering equipment to the Sherpas.

“He was once all the time there to assist people, all the time type, beneficiant and not sought after any fanfare of popularity,” Douglas Wu stated. “He was once a quiet chief (and) other people gravitated against him.”

Alexander Karr, Eric’s formative years buddy, described him as “quietly outstanding.” In a personal obituary, Karr remembered being on a travel with Eric, who had just lately been authorized into each highschool he carried out to. Karr and his pals needed to communicate Eric into making any acknowledgment of the success. 

“Probably the most self-congratulating he would ever get was once a small smile,” Karr wrote. “I liked the ones smiles.”

Nicholas Kanavos, some other of Eric’s formative years pals, described Eric in the similar non-public obituary as “in point of fact a excellent guy” and a phenomenal buddy. 

As soon as, after Kanavos have been in an twist of fate whilst cycling, Eric waited within the emergency room for hours to speak to Kanavos’ circle of relatives or entertain him, and stay him “in excessive spirits” all through his restoration duration.

“Eric was once all the time there for me,” Kanavos wrote, “once I wanted it probably the most and once I didn’t even understand I wished it in any respect.”