Koo Yuen is a businessman, who has owned and operated gas stations since 1973. This business has provided the funding for his philanthropic passions, such as his financial support for PBS (Public Broadcast Service), his involvement with the Church, and in giving to worthy causes to improve society. Koo has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1964, when he and his family emigrated from Hong Kong. His junior and high school years were greatly impacted by his music teacher, the famous Roberta Flack, and his tennis coach, Robert Johnson, Jr., whose father was Arthur Ashe’s coach. Koo was converted to the Church in 1998, when he was living in the Bethesda Ward in Maryland. He was born in Hong Kong, and his ancestral village is Taishan, Guangdong, China.
Patricia Yuen has assisted Koo as bookkeeper since they opened their first gas station in 1973. She obtained her RN in Hong Kong, and later returned to nursing school and received her U.S. nursing certification in Maryland. Patricia and Koo met in Washington, D.C. in 1971 when she emigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. with her family. Patricia graduated from a Catholic girls’ school in Hong Kong. She and Koo have two children, Mark and Stephanie, and five grandchildren.