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Obiturary: Sun-Jae Kim G

Sun-Jae Kim G

Sun-Jae Kim G, a student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, died on the morning of Nov. 21 while driving to New York City to meet his mother. He was 23 years old.

Kim was apparently killed instantly after his car hit a railing and flipped over several times. His brother, who was driving the car, was not hurt, most probably because of an airbag in the steering wheel.

Kim graduated from Seoul National University in Korea in 1989, after which he came to MIT. He worked with Mechanical Engineering Professor Nam Pyo Suh '59. Suh, who is attending a conference, was unavailable for comment.

Dae Eun Kim G, who shared an office with Sun-Jae, called his friend's death "a tragedy for everybody here," and described him as "a very outgoing guy, a friendly guy. . . . He had a very bright future." He added that Kim "used to crack a lot of jokes," and enjoyed playing tennis.

A funeral was held in New York over the weekend. Many members of Kim's research group attended.

Kim is survived by his father, Kim Woo Joong, chief executive officer of the Daewoo Corporation, a major Korean electronics manufacturer, his mother, an older sister, and two younger brothers.