Tom Foo Yuen (1855-?)
Tom Foo Yuen was born near Canton, China, in 1855, and was educated at the Imperial Medical College at Peking. When he was only a little boy he made a trip to San Francisco with his father, and resided there for a short time. His father was a wealthy physician the late Dr. T. Gee Son and was also engaged in mercantile ventures as the president of a great mercantile association. In a general way he superintended the legal and business affairs of his company, and was on business of this sort when he brought his little son to America. Tom Foo Yuen’s mother was a sister of the celebrated Chinese physician, Dr. Li Po Tai. About thirty years ago Dr. T. Gee Son lived in San Francisco for several years as a partner of Li Po Tai. Together they cured the diseases of many Americans, and testimonials of these cures were printed in the newspapers of the period. But his family preferred the climate of Canton to that of San Francisco, and they therefore returned to Canton, where T. Gee Son again opened a hospital that he had formerly conducted with great success. Returning to China with his father, Tom Foo Yuen was educated as a physician with all the care and rigorous discipline usual in China, where successive generations are trained for this profession from the commencement of school days. He was finally graduated, with high honors, from the Imperial Medical College at Peking. In 189u he came to San Francisco and was the first Oriental physician of his rank to visit America with the intention of making a permanent home here. He became an associate with Li Po Tai, who was then getting old and unable to carry on all of his large business. He remained in San Francisco until 1893 and, during that time acquired an enviable reputation as a physician, both among the Chinese residents of Sari Francisco and among many white patrons. (Source : The science of oriental medicine, diet and Hygiene. Los Angeles 1902).