Councilman David Ryu Monday announced the death of his father, an educator and former editor in chief of a Los Angeles-based Korean newspaper.
Eul Chul Ryu died of a heart attack in Anyang, South Korea on Sunday evening, Los Angeles time, according to Ryu aide Esteven Montemayor. He was 70.
Before immigrating to the United States in 1980, Ryu taught high school civics and sociology, including at the prestigious Seoul Arts High School. He later edited the Korean Street Journal Newspaper, a Korean-language newspaper circulated in Koreatown.
The councilman and his family will leave Tuesday for South Korea to attend his father’s funeral.
“My father spent his career as a teacher because he was an intellectual at heart who valued understanding the world in which we live and wanted to share that with his many students,” Ryu said. “Growing up, he instilled that same value in me.
He came to America, like many immigrants, in order to give his family a better life,” the councilman added. “I will always be grateful for the doors of opportunity he opened for my siblings and me. It is the greatest honor to be his son.”
The elder Ryu was born Dec. 26, 1945, in Chung Chun Bok Do. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Won Chung Ryu; sons David and Joseph and daughter Esther; and two sisters, Gah-Bin Ryu and Rachel Chun-Hwa Ryu.
Ryu’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Eul Chul Ryu’s name to the Korean National American Museum, 3727 W. Sixth St., Suite 519, Los Angeles, 90020.
—City News Service