The Korea-America Economic Association

Obituary (Bong Soo Lee)

It is with heavy heart that I must convey a very sad and shocking news that Professor Bong Soo Lee, our beloved friend and mentor, who contributed greatly to KAEA and general economics and finance communities, passed away yesterday.  We do not yet fully know the circumstance of his passing, and would like to hear from anybody who does.

Professor Lee’s academic career spans almost 30 years, preceded by his 7 year stint at the Korean government (rising to the rank of  deputy director at the ministry of finance).  After receiving Ph.D. in economics from University of Minnesota in 1986, he has served as professor for Iowa State, Minnesota (Carlson School of Business), University of Houston, Dean of KAIST, and until now Patty Hill Smith Eminent Scholar Chair Professor in Finance at the Florida State University.  His CV shows a very long and illustrious accomplishments as a scholar, with more than 70 publications.

For members of KAEA, he is remembered for many years of tireless and unselfish contributions and service for KAEA:

Secretary General, KAEA: 1991-92
Vice President: 1998
Executive Committee, KAEA:1998-2000
Program committee for the Seoul International conference of KAEA/KEA: 2000
President, KAEA: 2003
Nominating Committee: 2005(Chair), 2006, 2008(Chair), 2011(Chair),
Advisory board, KAEA: 2009 –  (Chair, 2010)

The funeral and visitation schedules are as follows;

Visitation:
Sunday, March 8
6 – 8pm
Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home
1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Funeral:
Monday, March 9
10 – 11am
St. Thomas More
900 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304

​Please let us know if any of you plan to attend the funeral service.

Go to the memorial page
Obituary at Tributes

Yeon-Koo Che
President of KAEA