The museum is saddened by the passing last week of Trustee Betty Wo, who served on the board for 31 years. As a member of the Education and Collections Committees, Betty was a calm, informed member of the body that steers the museum.
“Betty was the symbol of style and grace,” says deputy director Hathaway Jakobsen. “I will never forget how she welcomed me to the museum ‘ohana with open arms. We had a good long talk, during my first few weeks, and she vowed to support me personally and, of course, the museum’s fundraising efforts. Her opinion and ideas were invaluable.”
Mrs. Wo’s influence will continue to be felt at the museum and by the public—in 1993, eight years after she joined the museum’s board, Betty, with her husband Robert Ching Wo, the chairman of C.S. Wo & Sons, established the Wo Endowment Fund to support Chinese programs and activities.
This generous endowment fund makes it possible for the museum to provide world-class Chinese art and programming. Most recently it has supported expenses for such exhibitions as Chen Quilin: The Empty City, Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, and the current Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe.
Unfortunately I was never able to meet Betty Wo but what I have heard of her was nothing short of amazing for her contributions and service to our community. I was so delighted to see this tribute! Beautifully done! Lisa Malmberg
Betty was an amazing woman with a kind heart, a beautiful smile and was always tremendously supportive of those around her. I am so glad I had the chance to know her and will always remember her beauty inside and out.
Betty was a wonderful, generous and kind person and she will be greatly missed by all. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and friends.