Victoria (Vicky) Siu

Sister Vicky Siu

Birth: Jul. 3, 1935
Profession: Feb. 5, 1966
Death: Feb. 20, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO – Sister Victoria (Vicky) Siu, RSCJ, Ph.D., author, historian, and teacher, died Saturday, February 20, 2010, at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart health care facility in Atherton, California.

Fluent in English, Mandarin, Shanghai, and French, Sister Siu conducted extensive research on the Yuanming Yuan in Beijing, (known as the 'Old Summer Palace' and originally called the 'Imperial Gardens') and on other architecture and gardens of China. She was awarded a scholarship by the Republic of China Department of Education and studied at the Language Center Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Sister Siu taught at various Sacred Heart schools including Kenwood, Stone Ridge, and Eden Hall. She then served as assistant and adjunct professor at Loyola College, George Mason University, and the University of San Francisco.

She joined the Religious of the Sacred Heart in 1957 at the Kenwood novitiate in Albany, New York, and made her final profession in 1966 in Rome. Sister Siu received her B.S. in chemistry, with a minor in biology, from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. She earned two masters degrees: an M.A. in education from Kenwood Normal Training School and an M.A. in history from Georgetown University. She also received her Ph.D. in East Asian History from Georgetown.

She was born in Shanghai in 1935 but moved to the United States only four years later. Her parents, both deceased, were John Tchoan-pao Siu and Theresa Ming-tse Yang Siu. Sister Siu is survived by her sisters, Drs. Moyra Moy and Clare Siu of San Francisco; Barbara Chow of Flushing, NY; and a brother Paul Siu of Douglaston, NY. Another brother, Matthew Siu preceded her in death.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Siu will be celebrated on Saturday, February 27, at 10:00 AM in the chapel at Oakwood. Burial in the Oakwood cemetery will be followed by sharing of memories.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4120 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108.

Note: Sister Siu's biography is posted at Roller Hapgood & Tinney.


Submitted by Carol R. Spodobalski on

I was shocked this morning to find Mother Siu's obit here, as I had just looked for her last night in the Sacred Heart Directory. She taught 2nd Academic history at Eden Hall and was an engaging teacher. I recall that she was horrified that I had done a report on medieval torture methods, which included my pen and ink drawings. She was a good sport, though, after I reassured her that there was nothing overly gory in my report. As I recall, she gave me an "A."
She was an excellent teacher. I wish I had known about her proficiency with languages. I would have loved to talk with her about it when I was her student.
Rest in peace, gentle spirit.