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Daniel S. Mun

Daniel S. Mun ’05, a junior majoring in biology, died from drowning on Dec. 5, 2003. Mun was listed as missing for three months, until his body was recovered from the Charles River last weekend. He was 20 years old.

Mun involved in MIT life

Mun, known as “Dong” to friends, lived at the Chi Phi fraternity in Boston. He was actively involved in the Korean Students Association, where he served as a social chair, and Oori, a Korean drumming ensemble.

“Dan would come to study breaks and get people involved,” said Inhan Kang ’05, a fellow member of the KSA. “He’d make people feel welcome.”

Kang said that Mun was very athletic and “loved sports,” and often played tennis and attended basketball games.

“He was a great tennis player,” said John V. Guttag, head of the department of electrical engineering and computer science and the faculty advisor for Chi Phi. “I liked him a lot,” Guttag said. “One of the things I really liked is that he was just full of energy. He had enormous energy and it rubbed off on you when you were with him. It was just hard to be with him and not be having fun.”

“He was greatly liked in the house, not only liked but admired as well. He was both liked and admired.”

Chi Phi member Jeffrey J. Hsu ’05 said that Mun would often volunteer to take out the trash from everyone's room just so he would be able to stop by and visit them. “While Dong was a big guy, he also had a big tender heart,” Hsu said.

“He was such a friendly person,” Kang said. “He always had a smile on his face.”

“As Daniel would say, ‘just chillin’’ and hangin’ out are the memories I will treasure,” said Chi Phi President Lowery D. Duvall ’05.

Mun is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Mun, and his brother Thomas.