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Youn Suk Kim

Posted By obits On September 29, 2019 @ 8:58 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 26 Comments

Youn Suk Kim, professor emeritus of economics at Kean University, died on September 27, 2019, at his home in Corolla, North Carolina. He was 85, and he had formerly lived for many years in Cresskill, New Jersey. Son of the late Jae Kyu Kim and Seon Yuh Chung, he was born in Gwangju, South Korea, on September 15, 1934.

Dr. Kim is remembered with great fondness for his warm sense of humor and big-hearted devotion to his family, including immediate and extended family members, and a wide circle of friends. He was generous with both his enthusiasm and caring concern. He took delight in the company of others and could fill a room with the sound of his booming cheery laughter. At other quieter times, he often sought to engage in focused one-on-one conversation, whether to discuss his favorite topics of politics and economics, or to offer guidance to younger people about their studies and about life.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Dr. Kim is survived by his wife, Yong Ho Kim; three children, Herbert Kim, Nan Kim-Paik, and John Kim; five grandchildren, Elijah, Alice, Hannah, Louis, and Lisa; three siblings, Chang Kyung Lawhorn, Ki Suk Kim, and Shin Suk Kim; and five nieces and nephews, Ernest, Youngwoong, Young Joo, Young Hee, and Young Mi.

Dr. Kim’s professional endeavors revolved around education and scholarship as an economist, university professor, mentor, and author. He was of a generation that sought earnestly to cultivate their talents and abilities to help build up the country of their birth. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Seoul National University in 1958. He departed the following year for the United States in 1959, where he initially studied as a foreign student at LaGrange College in Valdosta, Georgia. He later went on to pursue graduate study in economics at the New School (University) for Social Research in New York City, where he earned his MA in 1967 and his PhD in 1973.

Although he had longed to return someday to Korea, he eventually decided to stay in his adopted homeland, becoming a citizen of the United States in 1977. Rather than pursue the political ambitions of his youth, he instead channeled his professional energies into becoming a scholar of international trade and economic policy, with a special focus on Korea’s relations with other Northeast Asian countries and the US. He joined the economics faculty at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, where he worked from 1974 to 2007. His career also included intervals as a visiting economics professor at Seoul National University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, and as a guest columnist at the South Korean financial newspaper, Maeil Economic Daily.

The tribute at his retirement ceremony included this summary: “During his 33 years of teaching, he influenced the lives of countless students, sending many off to graduate programs and careers in business. As a faculty fellow of the Gateway Institute for Regional Development and a member of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Kim was awarded the Kean College Presidential Excellence Award in 1994. He was a genuine and renowned scholar in his field and an exemplary figure for academicians. Dr. Kim was an executive editor of Journal of Asian Economics, a member of the editorial board of Human Systems Management as well as an editor of the International Journal of Korean Studies and an associate editor of North Korean Review. In addition to [publishing more than sixty academic articles], he authored and edited six books including The US-Korea Economic Partnership; Economics of the Triad; Conflicts and Cooperation among the US, Japan, and Korea; and The IMF system and Korea’s Industries. He served as President of both the Korea-America Economic Association (1993-1994) and the Korean American University Professors Association (1997-1998). Dr. Kim also chaired the board of the International Council on Korean Studies, and he was also a member of the International Trade Task Force for the New Jersey Economic Master Plan Commission.”

In retirement, Dr. Kim relocated with his wife to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Following a long bout with cancer during his final years, he died peacefully and painlessly in his sleep at home. He lived a long, robust, and fruitful life, and he was loved by many. He will be greatly missed.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Colony Chapel, located at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC, officiated by Rev. Jim Southern. A graveside committal will follow at Manteo Cemetery, 300 Cemetery Lane, Manteo, NC. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

For those who wish to make a memorial donation, please consider supporting the Scholarship Fund of the Korean American University Professors Association. Donations in memory of Dr. Youn Suk Kim may be sent to “KAUPA,” 3436 Baraboo Lane, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Essie (Kathy) Horne on September 30th, 2019 10:38 am

Dear sweet Hannah, I am so sorry for your loss, he sounds like a wonderful man and I am sure you will miss him dreadfully. Unfortunately, I cannot be there to sing for him. I pray that you are comforted by your memories and the love you shared. Fondly, Kathy Horne

Condolence from Hong Y. Park on September 30th, 2019 10:41 am

I am deeply saddened to learn Professor Kim’s death.
He was a gentleman and he made great contributions to KAEA .
I send my deep condolence to his wife and family.

Hong Y. Park, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Scott L. Carmona College of Business & Management
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road | 332 Curtiss Hall
University Center, MI 48710 USA

Condolence from Yong H. Kim on September 30th, 2019 10:43 am

My sincere condolences and prayers to his wife and family.
I am indeed saddened to learn Professor Youn-Suk Kim’s passing.

Yong H. Kim
Yong H. Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Department of Finance
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
University of Cincinnati

Condolence from Bang Jeon on September 30th, 2019 2:51 pm

I also share my deep sadness for Prof. Kim’s passing away.
My deep condolences to his wife and all family members.
I still remember his leadership and passion for the KAEA.

Bang Jeon
Drexel University

Condolence from Soo-Bin Park on September 30th, 2019 2:53 pm

May the soul of Professor Youn-Suk Kim rest in peace!
Soo-Bin Park

Condolence from Sunwoong Kim on September 30th, 2019 2:54 pm

My deepest condolences! We shall miss him dearly.

Sunwoong Kim

Condolence from Kim Young Chin on September 30th, 2019 2:55 pm

I share in the deep, collective sense of loss. This sense, I am certain, would be especially palpable among those of us who worked with Prof. Youn-Suk Kim during the formative years of KAEA.

Condolence from Suk Kim on September 30th, 2019 2:56 pm

It is sad to hear my dear friend Dr. YS Kim has passed away. I visited his home when I attended a conference near his house. At that time, his wife and Dr. Kim were really friendly to me though I was not one of his lifetime friends.
We all know that a number of former KAEA presidents have already passed away. I wonder whether we can make some kind of suggestion to current KAEA officers to pay a tribute for former KAEA presidents–who have passed away– to their life and work. We can do it at the international joint conference or construct a site for this purpose within the KAEA site. I think all former KAEA presidents have done a lot of good things for young people and most think tanks in Korea. Thank you for your consideration.

Suk Kim, Professor of Finance
College of Business Administration
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
email: kimsuk@udmercy.edu
fax: 313 993 1674

Condolence from Byung-Joo Lee on September 30th, 2019 2:58 pm

My deepest condolences to Professor YS Kim and his family.
I have a fond memory of his kind and gentle manner with many KAEA members.

Byung-Joo Lee
Department of Economics
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556 U.S.A.

Condolence from Kwan Choi on September 30th, 2019 3:00 pm

I am sorry to hear the news.
Professor Kim was the founding editor of North Korean Review. He was also successful for its inclusion in the Social Science Citation Index.
Does anybody have his picture?

Kwan Choi
Iowa State University

Condolence from Jang-Hee Yoo on September 30th, 2019 7:32 pm

I am sending my deepest condolences to the family of Professor

Youn-suk Kim.

Professor Kim, a former president of KAEA, was such a gentle, warm,

yet courageous personwho first proposed to form KAEA while a group

of Korean economists teaching in the U.S. were visiting Seoul National

University for an international conference back in 1984. Without his idea

and dedication, KAEA would not have even been born. I think all the

members of KAEA should pay the greatest tribute to him.

Jang-Hee Yoo

A Founding Member of KAEA

Condolence from John Riew on September 30th, 2019 11:32 pm

My good friend, Youn-Suk Kim. How sad it is to know you are no longer with us. I hold fond memories of your never-failing smile and happy times of our friendship. May your soul rest in peace. May God continue to look after Mrs. Kim, his beloved wife.

John Riew
519 Kern Building
Department of Economics
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Condolence from Dawood Farahi on October 1st, 2019 10:23 am

The University is grateful for Dr. Kim’s service to students, his scholarship and professionalism.

With Sympathy,

President Dawood Farahi and Kean University

Condolence from Bong Joon Yoon on October 1st, 2019 1:24 pm

Dear Professor Youn-suk Kim,

I vividly remember your soothing voice and generosity. I wish I visited you often to learn from your wisdom. May your journey to eternity be peaceful.

With Condolences,

Bong Joon Yoon
State University of New York at Binghamton

Condolence from Christine J Paul on October 1st, 2019 6:56 pm

Thank You, Dr Kim, for your contributions to make this global world a reality! May you rest in peace, and may your family take comfort in the fact that your contributions will reach far into the future……

Condolence from Barbara Hedberg on October 1st, 2019 8:01 pm

Hi Hannah-

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband.

Barbara Hedberg
Choir member from Duck UMC

Condolence from Margaret Keehn on October 1st, 2019 9:13 pm

Dear Nan,
Deepest sympathy
Margaret Keehn

Condolence from Sunny Joh on October 1st, 2019 9:45 pm

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평소 아주버님의 자상한 모습을 되새기며
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Condolence from Carole Shaffer-Koros on October 3rd, 2019 1:26 pm

I am very saddened to hear about the loss of my dear friend Youn-Suk Kim. We both arrived at Kean the same year and enjoyed many conversations and sharing of formal papers. He was always very kind and even invited my husband and me to visit him at the University of Seoul, which we did. He spoke very proudly of his family. My deepest sympathies go out to the family. I know he will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Carnell Boyle on October 3rd, 2019 3:13 pm

Dear Hanna,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Please know we care for you and miss you.
Carnell Boyle, DUMC Choir

Condolence from Frank J. Esposito, Ph.D on October 3rd, 2019 4:30 pm

Youn Suk-Kim was a wonderful friend and an outstanding professor at Kean University.
His economic insights were always on target and I loved our many discussions. My deepest condolences to his family.
Frank J. Esposito
Former Interim President

Condolence from Maria Perez on October 3rd, 2019 7:02 pm

My condolences to your family on the loss of Dr Kim. I was a student in one of his Economics classes back in the mid-70s and can still picture him at the blackboard enthusiastically sharing his knowledge. I went on to work at Kean and was lucky to continue to run into him on occasion up until his retirement. He walkways greeted me with a friendly smile that left me smiling.
May your treasured memories carry you through these difficult times.

Condolence from Frank Naughton, Ph.D. on October 3rd, 2019 8:13 pm

Youn Suk Kim was an accomplished scholar, an esteemed colleague, and a loyal friend. His work on Korean economic development, in particular, won well-deserved international recognition. His unfailing courtesy and good humor made him an excellent companion.

He will be missed.

Condolence from Aiyoung Choi on October 6th, 2019 5:45 pm

Nan — It is truly sad that I never had a chance to know your father, despite having such a close friendship with you for so many years. But reading about his lifetime accomplishments and the feelings of appreciation and respect for him by those who knew him well, I can now begin to understand you better — the foundations of your keen intellect & commitment to a deep, analytical approach to history and its implications for the future.

We will never forget that clear, starry night one summer out in Peconic Bay, lying quietly on our backs in our little boat, with the engine turned off and only the sound of gentle waves, gazing at the stars in silence, each of us thinking our own thoughts. We will always cherish those memories, and more, as I know you will, too.

Condolence from KAUPA Leadership Team on October 15th, 2019 2:27 pm

We are very saddened to hear of the loss of Prof. Youn Suk Kim. Prof. Kim was the 6th President of the Korean American University Professors Association (KAUPA) and played a significant role in bringing over 5,000 members together to contribute to the betterment of society in North American and Korea. Our prayers are with Prof. Kim and his family. We hope we can get enough donations to create a memorial scholarship for Prof. Kim for our future generation.

Condolence from Carolyn McCarthy on November 5th, 2019 10:01 pm

It is a delight to learn more about him. His legacy is beautiful.

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