In memory of
Young-Iob Chung
In memory of
Young-Iob Chung
Chung, Young-Iob longtime Michigan resident lately of Lake Forest, Illinois, died January 24 of natural causes. He was 92. Chung was the first chair of the economics department at Eastern Michigan University. He arrived at the university in 1966 after teaching at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and remained chair until his retirement in 1998. His lifelong interest in the country of his birth and the field of economics led him to write two books in his retirement: Korea under Siege, 1876 to 1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2006); and South Korea in the Fast Lane: Economic Development and Capital Formation (Oxford, 2007). He was born in 1928 in Bihyun, North Korea, to Moon-chul Chung and Yoon-sun Choi. He left the north at 17, crossing the border to Seoul, never able to return to his birthplace. With the help of a Rotary Club scholarship, he came to the United States in 1950 to study at UCLA, working his way through college and then graduate school at Columbia University. In 1960 he married Oke Kim, whom he'd met at a mutual friend's wedding. Together they had two daughters-Jeewon Schally (Timothy) and Jeanie Chung (Christopher Hawke)-and two grandchildren, Nicholas Schally and Mina Chung-Hawke. He is survived by all of them. In addition to writing, he spent much of his retirement traveling with Oke. Favorite trips were to the pyramids of Egypt, Paris, and Thailand-where a former student gladly acted as a tour guide. As a former international student himself, throughout his life Chung reached out to students whom he knew were far from home. He frequently had students to his home for holiday meals. His generosity culminated with a gift to Columbia in 2018 to establish the Young-Iob Chung Fellowships for graduate education. He and Oke lived in South Lyon, Michigan, for 30 years until 2019, when they moved to a retirement community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moon-chul Chung and Yoon-sun Choi, and four siblings. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, IL (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com
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In memory of
Young-Iob Chung
Chung, Young-Iob longtime Michigan resident lately of Lake Forest, Illinois, died January 24 of natural causes. He was 92. Chung was the first chair of the economics department at Eastern Michigan University. He arrived at the university in 1966 after teaching at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and remained chair until his retirement in 1998. His lifelong interest in the country of his birth and the field of economics led him to write two books in his retirement: Korea under Siege, 1876 to 1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2006); and South Korea in the Fast Lane: Economic Development and Capital Formation (Oxford, 2007). He was born in 1928 in Bihyun, North Korea, to Moon-chul Chung and Yoon-sun Choi. He left the north at 17, crossing the border to Seoul, never able to return to his birthplace. With the help of a Rotary Club scholarship, he came to the United States in 1950 to study at UCLA, working his way through college and then graduate school at Columbia University. In 1960 he married Oke Kim, whom he'd met at a mutual friend's wedding. Together they had two daughters-Jeewon Schally (Timothy) and Jeanie Chung (Christopher Hawke)-and two grandchildren, Nicholas Schally and Mina Chung-Hawke. He is survived by all of them. In addition to writing, he spent much of his retirement traveling with Oke. Favorite trips were to the pyramids of Egypt, Paris, and Thailand-where a former student gladly acted as a tour guide. As a former international student himself, throughout his life Chung reached out to students whom he knew were far from home. He frequently had students to his home for holiday meals. His generosity culminated with a gift to Columbia in 2018 to establish the Young-Iob Chung Fellowships for graduate education. He and Oke lived in South Lyon, Michigan, for 30 years until 2019, when they moved to a retirement community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moon-chul Chung and Yoon-sun Choi, and four siblings. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, IL (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com
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