Jong Sook (Sue) Kim

By June 3, 2011

Kim, Jong Sook

Dec. 2, 1932 — May 24, 2011

Sue Kim died on May 24, 2011, at her home in Davis. Sue was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Seoul, South Korea, the third child of Pok Hee Pak and Young Lee. In 1955, as a young bride, she moved to Okinawa, Japan, with her late husband. After several years in Okinawa, they spent a short time in New York before coming to California where her husband completed his education and became a professor at UC Davis. In 1972, Sue was hired to teach Japanese at UCD where she continued working as a lecturer and librarian until her retirement in 1992. Sue was a skier, a bike rider, golfer and tennis player. She loved music and theater and traveled to interesting places until she developed a respiratory illness. In later years, she became an avid fan of professional tennis and ice skating.

In 2004, she became a volunteer for the Senior Ombudsman program and served until 2008 as a representative for the University Retirement Center and other local facilities in Davis and Woodland. She made a name for herself as being concerned and caring for her clients.

Sue is survived by her sisters, Jong Duck Lee, Jong Ok Lee and Kyung Nun Lee, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will take place at a later date for Sue’s family and friends. She will be especially missed by her sister Jong Duck, and her family of friends.

Enterprise staff

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