Tragic Passing of Professor Young Kun Kim

Professor Young Kun KimNEW YORK, May 17, 2018 – We at The Graduate Center are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Professor Young Kun Kim, a distinguished member of our faculty who succumbed to fatal injuries as a consequence of a senseless assault that took place earlier this week. Our thoughts are with Professor Kim’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Professor Kim was a member of the doctoral faculty in political science for 45 years before retiring early this year. His research focused on comparative political thought, and he specialized in the geopolitics of the Korean peninsula and China. He was also a stalwart member of the Graduate Council and was honored by President Chase Robinson during his last meeting on December 13, 2017, who quoted Professor Kim: “My guiding principle in the Graduate Council has been to strive for the highest excellence, which we are committed to achieving in the classrooms and laboratories.” Professor Kim described his “joy and pride” at carrying out this responsibility.

We are grateful for his dedicated teaching of scores of students and his generous service in support of the mission of The Graduate Center. We are shocked by the circumstances surrounding his untimely death, and we extend our hearts to his family and to all those who loved and cared for Professor Kim and who are now in grief.

Submitted on: MAY 17, 2018

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