Youn Suk Kim

Published 2:20 pm Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dr. Youn Suk Kim, 85, of Corolla (formerly of Cresskill, NJ), died September 27, 2019. Son of the late Jae Kyu Kim and Seon Yuh Chung, he was born in Gwangju, South Korea on September 15, 1934.

Y.S. Kim is survived by his wife Yong Ho Kim; children Herbert Kim, Nan Kim-Paik and John Kim; grandchildren Elijah, Alice, Hannah, Louis and Lisa; siblings, Chang Kyung Lawhorn, Ki Suk Kim and Shin Suk Kim; and five nieces and nephews

Y.S. Kim’s professional endeavors revolved around education and scholarship as an economist, university professor, mentor and author. 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.

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Although he had longed to return someday to South Korea, he eventually decided to stay in his adopted homeland, becoming a citizen of the United States in 1977. He joined the economics faculty at Kean University in Union, NJ, 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 a guest columnist at Maeil Business Newspaper.

After suffering a long bout with cancer, he died peacefully and painlessly in his sleep. 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 a.m. on October 2 at Twiford Colony Chapel, located at Twiford Funeral Home, 500 Budleigh Street, Manteo, officiated by Rev. Jim Southern. A graveside committal will follow at Manteo Cemetery, 300 Cemetery Lane, Manteo.

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