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Kim Willenson 1937 - 2013

Kim Willenson

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Sunday, November 03, 2013
Ayako became part of our family when she spent alot of time with us in Long Island.She received her Masters at Columbia and after two years returned to Japan.Fortunately, she got a job there and married her boss, Kim Willenson.After their return to the U.S. we got to know Kim. He was a great guy and a tonic to be with both of them.We shall miss him. I hope our friendship with Ayako is never ending.
Our condolences to Daniel and Eric.

Phyllis and Albert Dworkin
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I knew Kim mainly through my and my family's friendship with Ayako. I will remember Kim for his strong will and mind, his love of Ayako and of Asia, and their tireless years editing their newsletters about Japan. They worked 24/7 before the phrase had common meaning. As is so often the case when people I know die, I regret I did not get to know Kim better or spend more time with me, enjoying his stories and conversation, his engagement with life. Sylvia and I send our love to Ayako, Daniel, and Eric.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I first met Kim and Ayako more than ten years ago when I was serving on the School Board. They invited me to come to their home to discuss school system issues with them and a few neighbors. That was how I knew Kim, as a concerned and active member of our community. And that is how I continued to know him, always ready to jump into politics to solve problems and make his voice heard. We have lost a dear friend who never hesitated to stand up for his beliefs and values .
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29,2013

Deanna and I were saddened to hear that Kim had passed away. He certainly fought courageously for his health in recent years to enjoy good times with his family.

I first met Kim in Vietnam when he was with UPI and I was with ABC News. Kim's Vietnam book "The Bad War" is a classic that I often refer to.

In 1970 we were both in a scholarship class at Columbia U with John Luter and shared a great year of studies and travel to Europe.

I am reminded there is a saying by my Buddhist friends that when a loved one ends their life on earth they die twice, once when the spirit leaves the body and once again if they are forgotten by their friends. We will not forget Kim.

Our condolences to Ayako and family.

Don and Deanna North
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Here's my favorite Kim Willenson story.

I met Kim near the end of his tenure at UPI. He and his fellow co-editors in chief were having problems with the mercurial owner of the service, a Mexican billionaire. Kim thought that the owner was trying to set him up with fake grounds for termination.

After an uneventful trip to UPI's Mexico City Bureau, Kim learned that the owner's people were circulating the story that, while he was there, Kim had stormed into the bureau and, looking for the bureau chief, screamed "Where is that insect Delvalle"?

Kim could not tell that story without breaking down with laughter, at the suggestion that he would attack a fellow journalist by using Mexican slang.

I like the story because it is vintage Kim: believing that people were out to get him, finding that they actually were, and being most offended that the perpetrators of the story couldn't even get the details right.

A genuine original and a great journalist.
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