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Byung Cho Kim

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KIM Byung Cho Kim, Columbus, Ohio, passed away on July 17, 2012 after battling a long illness. B.C. was born on November 2, 1934 in North Korea and fled to South Korea during the Korean War. He and his family stayed in Seoul until he came to the United States to earn his degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering. He met his wife Dolores in Boston at an international student party and then they moved to Columbus, Ohio where he worked at Battelle Memorial Institute for over 30 years. During that time, he was awarded several U.S. patents and developed methods of reducing sulfur emissions from coal gasification. He was highly regarded by his peers as an outstanding scientist and project leader. B.C. was an avid golfer, enjoyed snow skiing and was an active member of the Korean community. He was loved dearly by many and always emphasized the importance of family. B.C. was the oldest son and served as patriarch of the Kim family once his parents passed. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; his son, Robert and his wife Lory; with their children, Metodi and Gracie; his daughter, Helen and her husband Derek Applbaum; and their son, Jackson; his daughter, Anna and her husband Walt Stevenson; and their sons, Ben and Conor; his son, Joseph and his wife Molly; and their sons, Tyler and Ryan; and his son, Julian and his wife Amy; and their children, Elizabeth and Justin. B.C. is preceded by his sister Eun Sun Han, and survived by his sisters, Eun Sil Shin, Eun Myung Pak; and brothers, Byung Hak Kim and Byung Hoon Kim. The Kim family would like to express gratitude to Dr. Choo Rhee and to the parents of Lory Kim, Blagica and Metodi Panov for their tremendous support of B.C. during his illness. To learn more about the life of B.C. Kim, search "Byung Kim's Story" on In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mary Macedonian Orthodox Church, 400 S. Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 43068. The family will receive guests on August 4, 2012 at a location which will be posted at Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 22, 2012
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