Paul U. “Looch” Uche ’13 died on June 19 in Toronto from causes related to leukemia. He was 23.
Uche, who received his SB in chemical engineering from MIT last June, was an active member of the MIT community, participating in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program; the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program in France and Germany; the Public Service Center; and the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program. He was a cherished member of the Baker House and Westgate communities, as well as the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2012, Uche's search for a bone marrow donor inspired hundreds of classmates, professors, and friends to rally behind him, according to his family. A talented writer, musician, and engineer, Uche channeled much of his energies since being diagnosed into creative efforts, penning a blog, recording music, and raising awareness of leukemia to support the researchers and doctors who treated him in Boston and Toronto.
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Editor’s note: A funeral service will take place in Toronto on Saturday, July 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be streamed live worldwide for those who can’t be there in person. To join the live event, click here from 11:00 a.m. EDT on July 5.