Chin-Ki Chung (Ph.D. ’86)

Mr. Chung was born on April 10, 1942 in the town of Chinkyo, Hadong in the province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea, to Bok Duck Chung (father) and Bong Ae Park. His father was the mayor of Chinkyo. He was a dutiful son and a loving brother to his eight siblings. After graduating at the top of his class from Sung Kyun Kwan University, he married his college sweetheart, Soomi Lee, in 1966, and soon after they moved to the United States for graduate studies. After receiving his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, he worked as an engineer for Brown and Root Industrial Services, while simultaneously receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Mr. Chung and the family moved from Houston to Knoxville, TN in 1983, where he took a position at the Tennessee Valley Authority. He retired from a distinguished engineering career at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Mr. Chung was a devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather. No personal sacrifice was too great for his family’s well being. Known for his jovial personality and genuine smile, he had kind words for everyone he met, warming the hearts of friends and strangers alike. He loved to play chess and golf and spend time with his grandchildren. A nature lover, he enjoyed gardening and hiking, especially with his wife by his side. He was a man of genuine faith, who served as an elder at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Knoxville and could often be found in his den reading and studying the bible. Mr. Chung is survived by his wife of 53 years, Soomi; six sisters, Jung Hee, Doo Rae, Jung Ja, Jung Boon, Jung Oak, Jung Joo; his brother, Jong Ki; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Deborah Chung, and his two grandchildren, Jack and Kathryn, of Greenwich. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jung Sook. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

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