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Tae Hwan Oh

1943 - 2014 Notice Condolences
Tae Hwan Oh Notice

PROFESSOR TAE HWAN OH, JANUARY 23, 1943 - DECEMBER 19, 2013 Dr. Tae Hwan Oh died December 19th, 2013 of metastatic cancer at age 70 in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Oh was born in Seoul and received his B.S. from Seoul National University in 1966. ¿ He moved to Canada and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, School of Medicine in Pharmacology. ¿ After working as a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Neurochemistry at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD from 1973 to 1975, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1975. ¿ In 1986, Dr Oh was promoted to Professor with tenure.¿ Dr. Oh's research focused on spinal cord injury, and his work ultimately resulted in an international effort to study the biochemical pathways responsible for preventing the re-growth of spinal neurons after injury. ¿ Dr. Oh was a leader who helped advance modern neuroscience research in South Korea, serving as the President of the Association of Korean Neuroscientists, and founding director of the Neurobiology Research Program under the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. ¿ He retired from the University of Maryland in 2006, and returned to Korea as a full-time faculty member at the Kyung Hee University School of Medicine in Seoul. ¿ In 2007, he received the inaugural "Mystery of Life Award" from the Archdiocese of Seoul in recognition of his work on spinal cord injury and regeneration. Dr. Oh took a special interest in teaching and mentoring. ¿ Dr. Oh taught human histology to first year medical students for his entire career at the University of Maryland. ¿ He was a yearly staple in the "Freshman Follies", and was highly regarded for his histology review sessions which were of immense help to students in preparing for exams. ¿ He mentored numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows both at the University of Maryland and in Korea. He was an avid golfer, and extensively read military history and biographies of battlefield commanders. He is survived by his son, Dr. Edward Oh; daughter, Katherine Oh; daughter-in-law, Dr. Janice Lee; grandchildren, Kobe and Kylie Oh; former wife, Hoo Ja Oh; brothers, Kyung Hwan Oh and Im Hwan Oh; sister, Myung Hee Oh; and countless friends and scientific colleagues in the U.S. and Korea.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Mar. 23, 2014
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