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Kamol Somvichian

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Kamol Somvichian Obituary
March 14, 1936 - February 8, 2017 Dr. Kamol Somvichian passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the age of 80. Kamol was born to parents Phol and Chalual Somvichian on March 14, 1936 in Bangkok, Thailand. He met his wife Marielena Somvichian in New York in 1960 and they have been married since 1961. Kamol was an accomplished scholar, earning academic degrees from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and the University of London in England (Ph.D.), and receiving the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Woodrow Wilson Scholarships. Kamol was active in Thai politics throughout his life. He helped lead pro-democracy student protests in the 1970s and was later elected to the National Legislative Assembly and Parliament of Thailand, as a member and Deputy Secretary General of the Prachathipat (Democratic) party. His political, professional, and academic careers included stops in Bangkok, New York City, London, Madrid, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Swarthmore College, and Pomona College, among other destinations. Along the way, he and Marielena had their daughter Marisa in New York City and son Whitty in Bangkok. From 1982, Kamol and Marielena have raised their family in Claremont, California. Kamol was a professor at both the University of La Verne and Pacific States University in Los Angeles for many years, receiving Professor Emeritus recognition at each institution, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Kamol is survived by his wife Marielena; daughter Marisa; son Whitty; sisters Yenchai Somvichian and Nongyow Thongtan; and five grandchildren Austa, Tristan, Marisela, Tomiko, and Emiko. Kamol will be cremated in Southern California and his ashes returned to Thailand, his home. Services will be on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:30pm, at: Memory Garden Memorial Park & Mortuary 455 W Central Ave. Brea, CA 92821-3005
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 15, 2017
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