Luo may be the newest member of the Board of Trustees, but to the extended
Temple community — particularly the staff, faculty and alumni of the School
of Medicine — he is an old friend.
An ophthalmologist with a large private practice in eastern Pennsylvania,
Luo came to Temple 22 years ago as a resident at Temple University Hospital.
Since then, he has become one of the most generous supporters of the School
of Medicine’s missions of teaching, clinical and research excellence.
Luo’s support of those missions will soon be commemorated when the school’s
new home opens; its auditorium will be named the Solomon and Wendy Luo
Auditorium in honor of the family’s contributions. Groundbreaking begins
“Medicine and technology change rapidly, and our facilities must keep pace,”
Luo said. “I’m pleased to help Dean [John] Daly’s push to make Temple one of
the best medical schools in the country.”
Luo came the United States in 1975 from his native Taiwan after receiving a
B.S. from Fu-Jen Catholic University. His first stop: Texas, where he earned
an M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.D. from the
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Although his time in the Southwest cemented his affection for the United
States, Luo was eager to leave Texas for a residency on the East Coast.
Luo chose Temple, where he came under influence of the late Guy Hugh Chan,
then the chairman of Temple’s ophthalmology department. Born in Shanghai,
Chan was the first person of Chinese origin to chair an ophthalmology
department at an American medical school.
After completing his residency, Luo settled in Schuylkill County and founded
the Eye Care Center. Now the Progressive Vision Institute, the practice has
more than 50,000 patients.
Luo maintains close ties with the Medical School as a clinical associate
professor and a member of the Board of Visitors. Now there are family ties
as well: Daughters Betsy and Stella are medical students at Temple (son
Caesar attends medical school at the University of Rochester).
As the only trustee with a medical degree, Luo will put his insider’s
knowledge of the Health Sciences Center to good use. But don’t expect him to
put the interests of the Medical School ahead of the interests of the
University as a whole.
“I applaud President Adamany’s push to unify Temple and make our campuses
safe and beautiful,” he said. “Temple’s improving reputation helps all our
schools and colleges.”
- By Hillel J. Hoffmann
© 2005 Temple Times