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George Kang 1931 - 2013

George Kang

This Guest Book has been kept open by Eric Kang (son).
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!
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