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Dr. Irene Hu Chang, 95, retired Gowanda physician

May 28, 1918 – May 30, 2013

Dr. Irene Hu Chang, of Holland, a retired physician, died Thursday in Orchard Heights, Orchard Park, after a short illness. She was 95.

Born Y.S. Irene Hu in Shanghai, China, she earned her medical degree at St. John’s University in Shanghai and did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Shanghai and Boston, Mass., with further training in Columbus, Ohio, and Genesee Hospital in Rochester.

The wife of Dr. K.H. Ronald Chang, chief thoracic surgeon at the former J.N. Adam Tuberculosis Hospital in Perrysburg, Dr. Hu Chang maintained a private practice in obstetrics, gynecology and general medicine in Gowanda from 1959 until her retirement in 1988.

Her donations helped establish and maintain Chang-Hu Park in Gowanda. She and her husband donated the land for the park on West Main Street in 1992.

Dr. Hu Chang and her husband received the Gowanda Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Gowanda” Award. She also was named a Woman of the Year by the Gowanda Business and Professional Women.

She established a scholarship fund for Gowanda High School students aiming for medical careers through the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

Her husband of 50 years died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Dr. June I.

Services will be private.

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