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Julia Gouw

Julia Gouw

Retired banking COO | California’s East West Bank | Class of 1981

If you’re reading this, Guy Who Went Out of His Way to Fix a Helpless Immigrant’s Flat Tire, Julia Gouw (BS ’81, accounting) would love to catch up.

The girl who would go on to be president and COO of the largest bank based in southern California — and serve on the boards of the UCLA Health System, John Wayne Cancer Institute and Los Angeles Philharmonic — will never forget what you did on that snowy day 40 years ago outside the Illini Union.

“I was a foreign student from Indonesia and was quite awkward being in a foreign country. I was grateful and touched, how nice and kind Americans are.

“I wish I’d expressed my sincere appreciation better and at least knew his name. Maybe if he still remembers, I will use this opportunity to thank him more graciously. I am not good at remembering the past, but his kindness left a lifetime memory for me.”