Dr. Hyung Chan Chung of Orange, Connecticut passed away at the age of 84 on April 26th, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven.
Dr. Chung was born in Seoul, Korea. After attending Kyunggi High School and Seoul National University, Dr. Chung served as a lieutenant and instructor for the ROK during the Korean War. He then came to the US in 1954, and subsequently, Dr. Chung received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from Yale University.
In 1970, he earned a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University. Dr. Chung served as a professor of Economics in the University of Bridgeport’s College of Business Administration for thirty years, served as Executive Director of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency, and founded H. C. Planning Consultants. He performed numerous land use planning, economic impact studies, and school enrollment studies for municipalities throughout New England and New York, the federal and Connecticut governments, the City of Seoul, Korea, and the United Nations.
Besides helping state- and city-wide community organizations dedicated to matters of poverty, housing, and unemployment, for many years Dr. Chung volunteered as an advisor to the Spanish American Development Agency (SADA) that served those in need in southeast Connecticut. In 2000, he was honored for his work by becoming the first person from Connecticut to be inducted as a Fellow into the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Dr. Chung was widely beloved for his gentle and cheerful nature, and he was the best of fathers: caring, responsible, and a man who loved to make others laugh. He was also a man of many interests. An accomplished cartoonist, as a high school student he published the serial “Travel to Mars” in the Kyung-Hyang Daily Newspaper.
He was a talented amateur tenor, performing for the Garry Moore variety television show in 1956 and giving recitals at Yale’s Sprague Hall and many churches. In later years he golfed avidly.
He is survived by Jongsoon, his wife of 56 years, their three children Junehee, Kee Young, and Jeanhee, their spouses, and six grandchildren.
A memorial service at the New Haven Korean Church, 42 Glen Park Way, Hamden, CT will be held on May 7th, at 11 o’clock. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association or Smilow Cancer Hospital, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Arrangements are in care of the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. For online condolences visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.