In Loving Memory of
Prof. Kwang-Hae (Kane) Kim


Kwang-Hae (Kane) Kim

Memorial Service

Prof. Kwang Hae (Kane) Kim passed away at 10:30pm on Thursday, June 2, 2011, from his illness (lung cancer). We are all truly devastated and saddened at this tragic loss.

Viewing is scheduled for Monday, June 6, but only for his family members.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, 7:00PM at

714-522-3678 (PHONE)

A separate memorial service will be held in Korea (details to be announced),
at Kunkuk University, where he holds a chaired professorship.


Prof. Kim was born on August 6, 1947 in Seoul. He graduated from Kyunggi High School; and received his BS in EE from Seoul National University in 1969, MS degree from UT Austin in 1972, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1974. He has been a faculty member at USC, University of South Florida, SUNY Binghamton, and with UC Irvine since 1986 where he was a Professor and the director of DREAM Lab at EECS department. Despite his illness, he continued conducting research with passion until the very last moment. As a renowned Computer Scientist, his achievements were widely recognized through numerous awards including, election to IEEE Fellow in 1988, 1995 IEEE Computer Society's Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Computer Society's 1998 Technical Achievement Award, Election to the Fellow grade of the SPDS (Society for Process and Design Science) in 2000, 2003 Microsoft Windows Embedded Academic Excellence Award, Tsutomu Kanai Award from IEEE in 2004.

His contribution to Korean-American academic community was truly remarkable. Prof. Kane Kim co-founded the KOCSEA (Korean Computer Scientists and Engineers Association in America) in 1982 with Prof. Chanmo Park and served as a president in 1991. He contributed to the KSEA (Korean-American Scientists & Engineers Association) through many capacity since 1973 and led it as the 34th president in 2004-2005.

More information can be found at

Kane Kim Memorial Scholarship at UC Irvine

KOCSEA and UC Irvine School of Engineering have created a scholarship in memory of Prof. Kane Kim. As a lifelong educator, he left a significant footstep at UC Irvine. We would like to continue his legacy through this scholarship by awarding it to selected students at UC Irvine. We hope that all his colleagues and friends can join us in establishing this scholarship. Donors can make their checks payable to the "UCI Foundation" and send it to the following address:

Pamela Gesme Miller, Assistant Dean
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
5200 Engineering Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-2720

Phone: (949) 824-6563
Fax: (949) 824-8200

KSEA Woojin Scholarship

As a former president of KSEA, Prof. Kane Kim paid great attention to undergraduate education and initiated a new scholarship by donating $10,000 to KSEA. This scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students with Korean heritage.

Please visit the announcement site at KSEA for details: go to the announcement site.

Photo Sharing

We'd like to share the memory of Prof. Kwang-Hae (Kane) Kim through these photographs. Picasa web album.

If you have photos of Prof. Kwang-Hae (Kane) Kim that you wish to share with his family and other colleagues, please upload it here or send us a photo via email (for invitation to the album or to contribute photos, please email Picasa web album. We would appreciate if you can indicate the following in the comment section for each photo: [Associated event, month/year taken, location, person who posted]


Please leave your message to his family, friends, and maybe to Prof. Kim himself, in the Message Board below.


Please contact Prof. Yoohwan Kim (Current KOCSEA president) at if you have any questions.

Message Board

   Name   MessageDate
Hosin LeeI will be attending his funeral to say a goodbye to a man of a big heart. 06/06/11
Kang-Won LeeI was very saddened to hear of has passing. It is a great loss to the professional community. Prof. Kim has been a leader to KSEA and KOCSEA (Korean Computer Scientists and Engineers Association). My deepest condolence to his family.06/06/11
Byungkyu "Brian" ParkI was truly blessed to work with him during his presidency at KSEA. He was a great leader to the KSEA community. My sincere condolences to his family!! 06/06/11
Seri ParkMy family will always remember Prof. Kim's kindness and support. My prayers are with him and his family.06/06/11
Esther Yang I knew his health was not great but I had no idea we'd lose him so quickly. I am deeply saddened by the news. He was my mentor and a great leader always setting high expectations of us. He leaves a legacy to serve the community. My greatest condolences to his family...06/06/11
Hae-Soo Oh, Professor of Mathematics I am so shocked and sad to hear the loss of a great Korean-American leader. I worked with him for National Math Competition and KAUPA(Korean-American University Professors Association). I admire his ability and gentleman-ship.
God bless him and his beloved family.
Se June Hong Dear Kane, you gave so much for the others and advancement of knowledge. Now, dear friend, rest well. Hope the rest of us, inspired by you, would carry on the torch and add for the good of all. My deepest condolences to the family.
Kang-Won Wayne Lee It appears not to be long time ago to work together to lift the status of KSEA and K-A communities. Since he had such strong will, I always thought that he can overcome the health problem. But, we really lost a big star, and I am so saddened and speechless. Certainly, he had a celebrated life, and left a big vacuum around us. Hope that we will be able to continue carrying out his vision and thoughtfulness. My wife and I would like to present our condolences to his family, and our prayers will be with one of my best friends and his lovely family. 06/06/11
Yoonsuck Choe Prof. Kim was an outstanding researcher, a dedicated leader, and a kind mentor. I greatly enjoyed the interactions with him, and thank him for the professional advice and life lessons he gave me (and no doubt to many others). Prof. Kim lived his life to the fullest and I intend to do so, following his example. Rest in peace, Prof. Kim, and my deepest condolences to your family. 편히 잠드소서...06/06/11
Dong Sam Ha I am shocked and saddened to hear Prof. Kims pass away. Prof. Kim was a role model to many Korean-American computer scientists and engineers. Personally, I am very grateful for his help in academics and KSEA matters over two decades. I will remember and miss his kindness and big heart for long, and my deepest condolences to his family. 06/06/11
James S. Song I am in a deep grief to hear this sad news. I remember him as dynamic leader with truly believe in the KSEAs mission. I can vividly remember his passion for KSEA. Prof Kim was still working on KSEA business even at 2AM morning while I was half-asleep; he woke me up 4 hours later to go over financial status for UKC. I salute Prof. Kim for his dedication and service to KSEA. My deepest condolence and prayers go out to his family.
Jihie Kim I still remember his words on how we should work together and we can change each other's lives. I will truly miss him...06/06/11
Kun Sup Hyun Dear Mrs. Kim,
My wife and I were saddened to learn the passing of Dr. Kim only after less than a year since we met you and Dr. Kim when you took a time to visit us and Dr. & Mrs. Chan Mo Park in Daejeon. We only knew he was recovering well from his Back surgery.
Sorry we could not reciprocate your favor.
We will miss him, yet he left a legacy and will live in a memory of many people he has touched. Our prayers with him and you and your family. May God bless his soul.

Kun Sup & Sung Za Hyun
Woojin LeeIt is very tearful moment when I hear Dr. Kim passed away. I still feel his passion and dedicated effots and heart-felt leadership for KSEA, which will be praised and great example for Korean American young generation forever. May his soul rest in peace with the God! 06/06/11
Sang-Soo KimI am very saddened to hear his passing. Professor Kim was a great leader for KSEA. His gentle and caring leadership will be remembered. My deepest condolences.06/06/11
Chan Il Chung I am really sad by his untimely passing. He was brilliant and energetic. I will treasure my association with him at KSEA.06/06/11
Eugene Y. Park I will be attending the 7 pm memorial service, but earlier on that day, will there be a funeral? If so, then will it be for family members only?06/06/11
Chueng-Ryong Ji I am very sorry to hear the sad news that our dear colleague Prof. Kane Kim passed away. There are no words that can ease the loss that we bear, but he is in my thought and prayer. I express my deep condolences to his surviving family. 06/06/11
Jungwoo RyooI saw Dr. Kim only a couple of times, but he was always very kind and approachable. I am sure his legacy laid a foundation for the work and life of numerous Korean scientists in the U.S.06/06/11
Sung-Kwon KangVery sad news of losing a capable and respected colleague so early. His remarkable contributions to KSEA as its 34th President are well recognized. Were going to miss him a lot for his caring mind for everyone. My sympathy goes to his surviving family.06/06/11
Myung Jong LeeDr. Kim's untimely departure is really a loss to our Korean science and engineering community in America.
Eternal peace be his now. My prayer and condolence to his family and all his friends.
Taek Jin Kwon I was shocked and saddened to learn about the sudden demise of Dr. Kane Kim. He was a great leader and superb mentor for many of us. I am deeply saddened that we will not have him around anymore. With Sincere heartfelt condolences, TJ06/06/11
정선휘 (Samuel S. Chung) 갑작스런 비보에 가슴이 미어지는것 같습니다.
공과대학 3학년 시절에 공대학생회 간부로서 같이 일하면서 많은 행사들을 진행 시켰던 기억이 생생합니다. 항상 밝은 웃음에 ROTC 훈련중에도 친구들에게 희망을 안겨주던 그가 이제는 찾아볼 수 없다는 것이 믿어지지 않습니다. 고인의 명복을 비옵니다. 가족에게 하나님의 축복이 함께 하시기를 기도 드립니다.
Chan-Mo ParkMy dearest friend Kane, How could you go so early while there are so many things for you to do? I still remember when you came to see me at KAIST in 1973 to introduce youself to me. Since then you have shown me how much contributions you made in the field of computer science, to KOCSEA and KSEA. My wife and I are so saddened and in deep sorrow for your leaving us. Moreover, we feel so sorry and sad because we are in Pyongyang, North Korea now and unable to attend your memorial service. Please forgive us.
We send our sincere and deepest condolences to Mrs. Kim and your children.
May God's mercy and comfort be with them in this difficult time!
Dear Kane, we will miss you always. In tears, CMP
Nak Ho Sung It is a shocking news that Kane Kim passed away, when many of us thought he is getting better. We have lost a very able man. He has touched upon many Korean scientist and engineers professionally through his energy and dedication to serve KSEA and other community. Kane Kim's life and achievement will be remembered by many.
My deep condolences to his family and prayer for peace for him.
Sam RyuDear Prof. Kim - Through your exemplary KSEA leadership and mentorship, I do and will remember your sincere care and heart for others like me. Please know that you and your family are in my prayer. May God's peace be with you in heaven and your family. 06/06/11
Hee-Koo Moon It is difficult to believe that you are no longer here. It feels like the other day when I talked with you on cell. Prof. Kim, It was you that how I began to associate with KSEA in national level as I served as your associate during your 34th president term for the organization. You were inspiring and mentor to me. We will miss you!06/06/11
Hyeong-Ah Choi (GWU)Dear Professor Kim: We are deeply saddened by your loss. You have been my good friend, colleague, and mentor. You will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.06/07/11
Jungsook YangDear Professor Kim, I took your class and learned a lot from your sharp minds. Thank you so much and I am saddened to hear this news. May you rest in peace in heaven. My deep condolences to your family.. 06/07/11
Christopher HongThank you Professor Kim for all you did to support me in my endeavors. Your generosity and sincerity reflected your true character and I am inspired to return the favor unto others. Rest in peace.06/07/11
Woonsup Park My deepest condolence and prayers to his family. I know of his illness for some time, but it was still a shock to hear his untimely passing. He was a great role model for all Korean American scientists and engineers. It was truly an honor to serve his KSEA administration(34th)as the ED.06/07/11
Sung-Mo "Steve" KangDear Professor Kim's family: My wife Myoung A (Mia) and I am deeply saddened by the news of Prof. Kim's passing. In 1972 we arrived at Berkeley for our graduate study. I have been always impressed by the brilliance of Prof. Kim
since his days at Berkeley. Over the years I have enjoyed and appreciated interacting with Prof. Kim and his family members. I vividly remember visiting Prof. Kim's DREAM Lab at UCI and also sharing the joy when Prof. Kim received the 2003 Microsoft Award. Prof. Kim has been a role model as a scholar and as a leader who gave so much for the greater community including KSEA and KOCSEA. Please accept our deep condolences. We will miss Professor Kwang-Hae(Kane)Kim greatly.
Jay Hoon Chung, jchung@Taycoeng.com맑고 밝은 웃음진 얼굴을 더 이상 못뵙게 되어 안타깝습니다. 먼저 가족들에게 세상이 줄 수 없는 하나님의 평강과 위로가 이 어려운 시기를 극복할수 있도록 기도합니다. 우리 모두 다시 만날 저 천국의 소망으로 눈물을 닦습니다.
정재훈 정정숙
Kwang Bang Woo삼가
고 김광회교수님의 명복을
Chang-Rae Lee I am saddened to hear of Professor Kims passing. It is a big loss to KSEA, and we all will miss him. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family.06/07/11
Joohyung LeeIt is a big loss to all of us, and my deepest condolences to his family. I wish I could have more interacted with him. Prof. Kim was a great leader and computer scientist I admire. May he rest in peace in heaven.
Gye Won Han When I called you the other day, you said you were in Korea because you were ill. So, I was looking forward to your return after recover very soon. I am so sad that we have lost you so suddenly. You were the one who encouraged me to found the Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWiSE).
Without your advice and support, KWiSE
wouldn't have been able to grow up as where we are now. You were a good advisor and also a good mentor for me. I will sorely miss you.
Jinwoo Lee삼가 고인의 명복을 빕니다.06/08/11
김성진교수님의 명복을 빕니다. 평생을 앞장서서 전투적으로 사셨는데 이렇게 가시니 마음이 아픕니다. 교수님의 가르침과 인도를 잊지않겠습니다.06/08/11
김양곤 교수님의 명복을 빕니다. 재미 과학자들뿐만 아니라 모든 사람들에게 좋은 표본을 보여 주셨는 데, 너무 일찍 저희 곁을 떠나셨네요. 편안한 곳에서 언제나 저희를 보살펴 주시리라 믿습니다.
최영배 (Young B. Choi), Regent University熱情과 獻身의 본보기 이셨던 김광회교수님!
1993 년 여름 서울 고려대학교에서 열린 세계한민족과학기술자종합학술대회에서 인사드린 이래로 교수님과의 인연을 생각을 생각합니다. 만나면 헤어지는 것이 우리의 삶이지만 너무나 허무합니다. 그 후 많은 시간이 흐른2005년의 어느날 교수님께서 제게 전화를 걸어오셔서 KSEA를 위해 한번 함께 힘껏 일해보지 않겠냐고 권유하시던 말씀이 아직도 귀에 생생합니다. KSEA 와 KOCSEA활동을 통해 저에게 남을위한 봉사의 삶이 어떠한 것인지에 대해 일깨워 주신데 대해 진심으로 감사드립니다. 항상 교수님의 건강에 대해 여러 사람들을 통하여 듣고 염려해 오다가 한달 전쯤 문득 교수님이 생각나 조속한 회복을 기원하는 편지를 학교로 보내 드렸는데 끝내 저희와 이별하셨다는 갑작스런 비보를 듣고서 슬픔을 주체하기 힘들었습니다. 부디 天國에서 세속에서의 모든 고통과 슬픔을 잊고서 永遠한 平和와 安息을 누리시길 빕니다. 고이 잠드소서!
Jan GustafssonDear Kane, thanks for all the fine cooperation we had over the years with conferences like WORDS and SEUS. You were a really kind and encouraging person. I would like to express my sincere condolences to your family.06/09/11
Uwe BrinkschulteThis is so sad. I would like to thank Kane for all the great work he did and I would like to express my condolences to the family. This is really a big loss. I promise we will continue his work.06/09/11
Yoohwan KimProf. Kim, you once told me your life story in 2007 KOCSEA meeting. It was really touching and greatly inspirational to me. I am so sorry that I can't hear and learn more from you any more. I wish you have a happy reunion with your family member in the heaven who has been waiting for you so long time. And I can't thank you enough for your help and guidance for KOCSEA. Although your body left us, your great mind will live forever in our hearts. Please rest in peace.06/09/11
John C. LeeIm so saddened by the news. He was a great leader and advisor. He initiated and supported establishment of KSEA student chapter at UCI in 1995 which was the first of its kind and helped attract so many young 2nd & 3rd generation members to KESA. Im so honored to serve KSEA under his leadership during his KSEA presidency (34th). Prof. Kim will be missed greatly. My prayers are with his family and may God be with them at this difficult time.06/09/11
Peter Puschner Dear Kane, I'm sorry you had to leave us that early. I'm thankful for the insightful discussions and conversations we had, and I'm grateful for all the doors you opened for me - the people you introduced me to and the communities you allowed me to join. Peace be with you.06/14/11
Yoshihhiro TohmaDear Kane. It is my great honor to have worked with you as a Co-Chair of Pacific Rim International Symposium on Fault-Tolerant Systems at Newport Beach in 1995. Also, my wife and I clearly remember the day as in a recent year but actually tens of years ago, when you visited our house in Tokyo. My wife and I sincerely present our condolences to your family.06/10/11
Luca Simoncini Dear Kane,
since we met in USC I found discussions with you interesting and motivating. We maintained through the years a long lasting friendship and I will miss you a lot. My most friendly condolences to your family.
Paulo VerissimoDear Kane,
Going back to the day we met, it looks like yesterday. I still remember the many chats we had about many things, from research to society. Your numerous creations and initiatives will long be remembered and it is only a pity you leave us so early.
Hiroaki Nakanishi Dear Prof. Kim, This is so sad. I never forget the days we had very creative talk on high reliable computer technologies. My deep condolences to your family.06/12/11
Nobuyasu Kanekawa I would like to pay a tribute to the memory of the late Prof. Kim.
You have been very kind and gentle like sunshine and a father since I met you when I was young.
With my deepest condolences and prayers to your family.
Bharat Bhargava I met Kane in 1979 and I still remember a cool handsome man in a nice suit. He visited Switzerland at my house and I remembered him last week when I was there.

Kane co-founded the IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems in 1981 and the 30th symposium will be held in Spain in Fall, 2011.
He always treated my family with love and I was hoping to see him in July.

Kane was a great man who guided me in my career and helped me so much with advice and encouragement. He gave so much and asked for so little. I give my deepest respect to Kane and his family.
Wonmo Hong참으로 놀랍고 슬픕니다. 김교수님께서는 한국과 세계의 Computer Science 학계와 후학들의 양성 등 그간의 공헌은 물론 앞으로도 많은 훌륭한 일을 하실 분이셨습니다. 애통하고 안타깝습니다. 삼가 고인의 명복을 빕니다.06/17/11
Hermann KopetzKane was an exceptional personal and professional friend to me over the past thirty years. We had many enlightening discussions in Vienna, Irvine and many other places, particularly at IFIP WG 10.4 meetings. The last time I met Kane at Irvine in October 2010, already fighting his illness, he was full of good spirit. Kane was a visionary that formed and contributed to a community that will miss him very much. If a good friend, like Kane, leaves us, the world gets a little colder.06/21/11
Mohamed Gouda ( Kim was a great man and his untimely passing is shocking news and a terrible loss to his family, friends, research fans, and Computer Science. The photo album was great. It was nice to see his warm smile one more time, even through some old photos.06/22/11
Kevin KalinowskiDr. Kim was one of the most helpful, knowledgeable, and kindest scientists I have ever had the pleasure to meet and learn from. Kane has been and will always be held in the highest esteem and remembered with the fondest of memories. 07/13/11
Insup LeeI was so saddened by the news. My sincere condolences to his family!
I will deeply miss him. He has been my great mentor and good friend for so many years, almost 30 years. I was waiting for him to get better so that I could visit and talk to him again... The KOCSEA and ISORC communities have lost one of its true founders and leaders. His devotion and dedication to KOCSEA and ISORC will be missed very much.
May his soul rest in peace in heaven!

KOCSEA (2011)