Hueijiun (Laura) Ju, passed away in early November, 2014, surrounded by family. She passed at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA — the same hospital where she delivered her twins in January that year. She had stage 4 uterine leiomyosarcoma with 7cm lung mets, diagnosed at her C-section. Much too early, and much undeserved.
To everyone with this disease: You need to fight, fight hard, and fight *smart* most of all. Please don’t be afraid. I firmly believe in what another ACOR listmember wrote quoting Dr. Doreen (Dee) Kossove — (paraphrasing) if what you have is incurable, the idea is to live long enough until more advanced treatments become available. (AIDS was a death sentence until it became effectively manageable today.) To her last breath, my wife never gave up fighting.
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Hueijiun (Laura) Ju
1977 – 2014
Hueijiun was born in Taipei, Taiwan to loving father Jyun-sing Jhu and mother Pi-o Chen. She was joined six years later by her beloved younger sister Hui-hsuan . Her adored grandmother helped to raise Hueijiun and taught her to speak Taiwanese.
Hueijiun earned admission to Taipei First Girls’ High School, where she excelled academically and was a member of the honor guard rifle team. Hueijiun obtained early admission to National Taiwan University in the Electrical Engineering program. There, she was an early member of Dr. Wanjiun Liao’s research group, where she graduated 1st in her M.S. program. From there, she attended UCLA and obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in Dr. Izhak Rubin’s group, publishing in wireless communications in several prestigious journals. She made many close friends in high school and college, and enjoyed their conversation and company very much.
While at UCLA, Hueijiun met her husband Jeffrey Twu in Marina del Rey in 2002 at a training seminar related to her research. Hueijiun and Jeffrey married in 2007 and moved to San Diego, where she worked at NextWave Wireless and obtained three patents in wireless communications. In 2008, they moved to the Silicon Valley, where she joined Intel and most recently was performing SoC architecture work. Wherever she worked, she earned the respect of many for her raw talent, good-naturedness, and ability to elucidate complex problems. On the weekends, she visited up to 100 open houses and watched new housing developments carefully, before purchasing her first and only choice in Sunnyvale, CA.
Hueijiun much enjoyed being with and sharing interesting stories with friends. When she wasn’t sharing good times with them, or working additional hours at home, she enjoyed traveling: She and her husband spent their honeymoon in Tokyo, and at a hot springs inn in the countryside. She combined a conference paper presentation, with travel with her husband to Barcelona and then Paris. While an intern for Intel she spent three months in Hillsboro, Oregon and visited Portland and Multnomah Falls. When her family came to visit, she took them hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite. She cruised to Alaska and the Caribbean, and spent a wonderful week in Maui. She always visited her parents, younger sister, and extended family and friends in Taiwan in the winter each year.
Hueijiun worked hard to build a career, worked hard to buy a house, and worked hard to start a family. While it was tough on her physically, she was so happy to be pregnant with twins, and overjoyed at their birth and spending time with them. She delighted in shopping for clothes for them on the Internet. Hueijiun’s smile was at its brightest holding and playing with her children, Maxwell and Marissa, who are now 10 months old.
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