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George Kang 1931 - 2013
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
I am deeply saddened by his passing away. We did not see each other often ; however, I remember him as a kind, polite and polished gentleman as I met him occasionally at the NRL-Korean luncheon and his son's piano recitals. He came to my Retirement Luncheon given by ONR on January 30, 2003 at Woo Lae Oak , and he surprised me and I was delighted to see him then. He was such a considerate and thoughtful person to show up and pay respect to his senior by 2 years. I remembered the occasion and dug up one of photos taken at the Retirement Party as attached. Please convey my deep condolence to his family. I am sure his wife remembers me and I would like to know what his pianist son is doing.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
George was a great scientist, engineer and pioneer in speech coding. He was a great mentor for many of us starting in speech coding back in the early 1980s. His visits at our DSP lab at WVU always brought knowledge and valuable ideas that launched several great projects. His work was inspiring and his NRL LPC reports were a treasure. Our prayers and condolences to his family.

Andreas Spanias, ASU, Tempe AZ
Monday, January 14, 2013
I was associated with George in the 70's and 80's while I was doing narrowband speech research at NSA. He is fondly remembered by many of us from that office.
Monday, January 14, 2013
I am deeply saddened to learn of George's passing. I feared the worst when my Christmas e-mail to him bounced this year. George was one of our nation's finest researchers - a national treasure! Not only was he brilliant, but he was also most kind and patient. I was honored to work with George and his team over the years on the dream of low-rate high-quality speech coding. He was always striving for improvements and encouraging all of us all to do likewise. George was a prolific author* and his conference presentations were thrilling. My team, led by Tom Tremain (RIP), frequently drove down the road to visit George and his team at NRL (including Larry Fransen, Stephanie Everett, and Astrid Schmidt-Nielsen). I have fond memories of those visits, where we became friends. Thanks to George's research and research he inspired, the dream of low-rate high-quality speech coding was achieved after decades of research and now it is George's time to rest in peace.

* 1980s classics by George, et al.:
LPC I: https://torpedo.nrl.navy.mil/tu/ps/pdf/pdf_loader?dsn=123633
LPC II: http://torpedo.nrl.navy.mil/tu/ps/pdf/pdf_loader?dsn=123703
LSFs: http://torpedo.nrl.navy.mil/tu/ps/pdf/pdf_loader?dsn=123722
Friday, January 11, 2013
George was both a remarkable man and a remarkable friend and mentor. I'm lucky to have known him, and miss him greatly. Godspeed!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Eric, my prayers and condolences to your family.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I did a number of voice recordings for George. He was a great friend, and I will miss him.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Thank you for allowing us to express our thoughts during this time of sorrow about someone loved dearly. Those who had the pleasure of knowing George Kang were very blessed to be left with many wonderful memories - personal and work related. A very gracious and talented gentleman. I loved George for sharing his precious time with me when I stopped by his office, and gleaning of wisdom stored within his great brain and loving heart.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I am very sorry to hear he passed away. George is one of the best Korean ever I have met. I am so proud of I had been with him. I hope he has peace and grace from our Lord forever. I pray he has a graceful rest. Siwon Park
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My condolences to your family, Eric.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I had many pleasant conversations with George. Memory Eternal George. See you later.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I was sorry to hear of George's passing. As a young NRL employee in 1985, I remember very distinctly sharing a large laboratory space with George and a PDP-11 for a number of months. Although, we worked on different projects George was a great mentor with an amazing sense of humor. I will never forget his sampling of my classical guitar and running LPC audio synthesis through the PDP-11. George you will be missed by many in many ways. Rest in Peace.

Joe
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Sorry to hear of George's passing. May he rest in peace.

I worked with George a number of years, taking care of his finances while he focused on his work. He had a story to tell.

Rest easy, George, your job on earth is done.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
George has been one of my closest friends. When I started working in the Voice Systems Section at NRL, I was not assigned to George. I gravitated to him. George was doing the most interesting work, and he could describe it so succinctly. It was fun and rewarding working on projects with him. Eventually, George officially became my boss. The work at NRL was very satisfying for George and me. Our affiliation went way beyond our wonderful work projects. The highlight of every workday was our lunchtime walk/talk. We grew to be best friends always supporting and encouraging each other.

I enjoyed every day at NRL in great part because of George. Those of us that knew him are much richer for having known him.

Our love and prayers go to Sunny, Eric, and Andy
Larry and Judi Fransen
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I send my heartfelt condolences to George's family. I worked with George at the Naval Research Lab for many years. He was a mentor and a friend, and one of the smartest people I have ever known. He was extremely dedicated and always humble, and I am honored to have had the privilege of working for him. I am sad to hear that he is gone, but I will remember him always.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Sorry to hear of George's passing. May he rest in peace.

I had worked for a number of year attending to his finances while George concentrated on his job. I have thought of George often since he left NRL.

Rest easy, George, your job on earth is done.

Pat
Monday, January 07, 2013
Monday, January 07, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. I am Les Aker, and I worked at NRL with George. When I started working at NRL in 1984, George was already a very well known and established scientist. I was lucky to have him as one of my mentors at the beginning of my professional career. He helped me in many ways. It seemed like every time I had a problem I could consult with George and he always had some ideas on how I could proceed and succeed.

When George retired, I was very sorry to see him leave the lab. To this day, when I think about what it means to be a real scientist, I think of George. His picture should be in the dictionary under "scientist" for easy reference.

Fair winds and following seas, George. You were always a true friend.
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