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Dr. Kim Hyun Deok Foreman Feb. 20, 1951 - Aug. 3, 2010 Dr. Kim Hyun Deok Foreman, Professor at San Francisco State University, pastor's wife and missionary to Rwanda, passed-away Wednesday after an auto accident near the town of Gitarama, Rwanda. She was 59. Dr. Foreman was born near Soon-Chun, South Korea. After graduating from Kyung Hee University in 1973, Dr. Foreman entered a teacher-training program, taught by a Peace Corps volunteer named Chris Foreman. After a brief engagement of one month, they were married on March 23, 1974. Dr. Foreman's first son, Zachary, was born in 1975 and her second son, Simon, was born in 1977. She received her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction / ESL from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1980. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology / Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Shortly after, she was appointed an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. She was promoted to full professor in 1996 and later served as department chair. In addition, Dr. Foreman authored many journal articles, newspaper columns on education and served as a consultant to several journals, and co-wrote a regular column with her husband in the Korea Times. She was also active in several Korean and Christian charities.Dr. Foreman was a lifelong Christian. Her first mission to Africa was in 1998. Dr. Foreman and her husband returned several more times before, in 2005, leading their own mission - Come & See Africa International. They broke ground on a center that will promote Christian education for the students of the University of Rwanda in Butare in June 2008. On her tenth mission to Rwanda, on July 31st, she was involved in an auto accident and was quickly rushed to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. She passed-away peacefully on August 3rd. A memorial service was held for her in Kigali on August 7th, with hundreds in attendance. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Chris A. Foreman, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo; her sons, Zachary of Alexandria, Virginia, and Simon Peter; daughter-in-law Dilia Marquez Foreman and adored grandson, Hugo Lorenzo of Brooklyn, New York. She is also survived by three sisters, Hyunok King, Hyunhee Ko and Pamela Kim, and two brothers, Injung Kim and Kyunam Kim. Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 14, 2010 at 9:00 am, at Palma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Ruus Road, Hayward, CA, followed by a graveside service at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd, Hayward CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo, 15503 Usher St., San Lorenzo, CA 94580, to support the construction of the center in Butare, Rwanda. Please designate on your contribution "The Kim Foreman Bible Institute". Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center FD1456 (510) 537-6600
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 13, 2010
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