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Edward F. Carter Funeral Home

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My Luu

October 28, 1973September 25, 2015

My Luu, of Briarcliff Manor, NY, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2015 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, holding her husband’s hand. She was 41 years old and fearlessly battled Amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder. My worked as a Program Director and led market development for IBM’s Human Ability & Accessibility Center, which develops and offers technology solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities or low literacy as well as those in maturing populations. Earlier in her career, she worked for the State Dept. in the US Embassy in Uzbekistan. Of Chinese heritage, My was born in Vietnam. As a child, she emigrated to Houston TX with her family after a 13 month stay in a refugee camp in Malaysia. My graduated as Valedictorian from MacArthur High School in Houston, then completed dual undergraduate degrees from Yale University (where she served as President of Silliman Residential College Student Council) and then earned her eMBA from Cornell University. She was President of Yale Alumni Association of New York, Co-Founder of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni, and former Advisory Council member of the International Rescue Committee in NY, which supports refugees from war-torn countries to rebuild their lives in the US. She lived her life with ferocious vigor and passion. Her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to all those who have been touched by her indefatigable spirit. ** Completed 8 marathons on 6 different continents ** Earned a brown belt in Karate ** Spoke 4 languages fluently ** Visited, lived or worked in over 40 countries (a true global citizen) ** Exhibited and sold breathtaking black and white photography ** Climbed to summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro Her smile radiated joy and her enthusiasm energized every room she entered. Long before Facebook and Twitter, she established a huge network of friends, fans, mentors and supporters from all over the globe. She was equally as comfortable speaking on a panel at the United Nations, or delivering keynote addresses at conferences, as she was laughing with friends and loved ones at her favorite restaurants. She cooked delicious foods and baked decadent treats. My incessantly pampered Mimi, her 7 pound white Maltese. Her magnetic connection with people made her easy to love and impossible to forget. Despite her petite frame, she gave enormous hugs... all the time… to everyone. Perhaps more than anything else, she’ll be remembered fondly for consistently putting the needs of others ahead of her own. My is survived by her devoted husband, David Ventresca, loving parents, To Luu and Muoi Tran, dedicated siblings Jenny (Son) Tran, Trina Hua and Sang Luu, loyal nephews Jason, Vincent and Devin and caring nieces Jennifer and Sophia. A small private family funeral was held on Monday September 28 at EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME in Croton-on-Hudson. For those who would like to honor My's legacy, please consider making a donation to The My Luu Memorial Fund, established to help high-achieving students from culturally diverse backgrounds pursue their academic dreams. [ www.crowdrise.com/myluufund ]

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Danielle Delgado

January 29, 2016

I didn't know My in school, but had the privilege to meet her at a number of alumni-related activity functions, of which she was always among the planners. I was always struck by her lovely enthusiasm and how people seemed to gravitate toward her, as she made everyone feel so welcome. It is saddening to think of her absence among us now, but I'm inspired to try and carry forward her positive energy. Thank you, My.

Nancy Hutchens

January 28, 2016

My, dear My, the world (and so many of our lives) is diminished by your passing. You blessed my life beyond words by giving this woman the most amazing of 'surrogate daughters.' You were a shining example of what 'could be.'

Luisa Piette

October 28, 2015

May My's soul rest in peace, what a loss! Matthew Piette and I are deeply sorry for your loss, Dave, and offer our heartfelt condolences to you and My's immediate family. The world has lost an amazing human being, one who's inspired everyone whose lives she touched.

Blessings,

Luisa Piette

Donald Large

October 22, 2015

This is absolutely stunning. At the time of My's passing I was intubated at Ben Taub hospital in Houston. I awoke on October 11, 2015, discharged this past Firday. My name is Donald Jeffrey Large. I was the 1993 valedictorian of MacArthur High School. My was a great friend. I'm sure she was guiding to me live along with hearing the clarion call of my mother and two grandmothers that I would live. Please check my FB page for the post I did just yesterday. May G-d bless My, and all her family. She was a good woman. I will do all that he can honoor her good memery.

Gigi Foster

October 19, 2015

I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. I was at Yale with My, and last saw her in 2011 at our 15th class reunion. She was a dynamic, loving person who demonstrated for everyone to see how to live as joyfully as possible - through caring, loving connections with other people. We would all do well to learn from her example and keep her spirit in us.

Eric Ng

October 7, 2015

I was deeply saddened to hear that My had passed. Her energy was limitless and she harnessed that energy to make a positive impact whenever I saw her. Condolences to her family and to all who connected with her--she will be sorely missed.

David Ventresca

October 6, 2015

I'm always proud of you. Every second. Every hour. Every day. I love you.

Paula Faison Johnson

October 4, 2015

My Luu was a remarkable young woman, it was a privilege to work with her as a student at MacArthur High School. My prayers and condolences to the family.

Maria Gonzales

October 3, 2015

Our condolences to your family. It was an honor to have known you. You are an inspiration to us all.

Bob English

October 3, 2015

My condolences and prayers for the family and friends. My was such an amazing person; even meeting her briefly it was clear she was very special. I was lucky enough to travel with her and the IBM team to China some years ago - what a delight she was.

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