Dear fellow KOCSEA members,

We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Se June Hong, IBM RSM Emeritus, one of KOCSEA Advisors, passed away on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, following a lengthy hospitalization for pneumonia. His contribution to Korean-American academic community was truly remarkable.

Dr. Hong was one of the founders of KOCSEA, a longtime KOCSEA advisor, a renowned Computer Scientist and Electrical Engineer, and an inventor. He received his BS in Electronic Engineering from Seoul National University in 1965, MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 1967/69, and joined IBM after graduation. He retired from IBM in 2002, but for several years afterward continued on as a research staff member emeritus, working on data mining technology.

As one of KOCSEA founding members, he has been a great mentor for many KOCSEA members. We are shocked and truly saddened at the loss of Dr. Hong. He will be missed by many of us. Rest in peace.

With our deepest condolences,

Jeongkyu Lee, KOCSEA president
Eunjee Song, KOCSEA vice president

More about Dr. Se June Hong
Profile Page at IBM:
His Facebook page:

Online Obituary

Funeral Services
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th at:
Newton Highlands Congregational Church
54 Lincoln Street
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
(617) 527-3898

Saturday, December 05, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 05, 3:00 PM

As a sign of gratitude to all the travelers, Dr. Hong’s family would like to cover all hotel rooms and incidental expenses at the hotel (there is a hotel restaurant). The hotel is the Sheraton Needham Hotel at 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA, 02494. Please specify that you are requesting a room from the Se June Hong Celebration of Life block of rooms when you make your reservation. You can reserve through the following website: or by calling 1-800-325-3535. Each room has either a king bed or 2 doubles. The hotel is 2.2 miles from Dr. Hong’s house.

Flowers Forever
telephone: 1-781-447-6917 or 1-866-447-6917
fax: 1-781-447-6581 please send faxes to the attention of Flowers Forever

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of SeJune Hong to any of the following charities:
Silver Lake Chapel
33 Lake Street
Plympton, MA 02367
(Dr. Hong and his family have been part of the congregation of Silver Lake Chapel since 2005.)

Massachusetts General Cancer Center
125 Nashua Street, Suite 540
Boston, MA 02114
(Dr. Hong was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in the summer of 2009. He received treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center with protons and chemotherapy, and has been treated there for follow-up issues ever since. Most recently, he was a patient there for 20 days just before he passed away and his family really appreciate the compassionate and skilled care he received there.)

International Rescue Committee
(Dr. Hong’s family had to flee their home in Seoul twice during the Korean War. We would like to help other refugees fleeing from violence in his honor.)



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