May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! This photograph shows Kenneth Shiu Kee Ho painting in bed. Ken was born in Hong Kong, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s to study. He was a student at New York University when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and was sent to Trudeau Sanatorium in 1946. He viewed his time here as a patient as a difficult period in his life, but it inspired him to apply to the University of Vermont to attend medical school. Ken met his wife Constance while studying in Burlington. They faced discrimination as a mixed-race couple, but married in 1956 and moved to Syracuse. Ken took over a medical practice there and worked as a family physician for more than thirty years. He attended a TB reunion held by Historic Saranac Lake in 1980 and enjoyed reconnecting with other patients and his physicians and nurses. He and his wife raised four children and had been married for 60 years when he passed away in 2016. Last year, Ken’s wife Connie and daughter Evelyn visited the museum after donating many wonderful photographs taken by Ken in the 1940s and 50s. We enjoyed meeting them and hearing stories about Ken’s experiences as a patient and the impact he made in his community. We’re thankful to his family for their thoughtfulness and generosity, and are honored to help keep his memory alive!
(Photo provided — Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.12.1.10.2. Gift of the Family of Ken Ho.)