Councilmember David Ryu’s father dies; Eul Chul Ryu was 70

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Eul Chul Ryu, 70, father of David Ryu, Councilmember District 4, died of a heart attack on Monday, October 17th in Anyang, South Korea.

Ryu was born on December 26, 1945. In 1974 he married Michelle Won Chung Ryu in Seoul, South Korea. They were married for over 40 years and together raised three children, Joseph Ryu (30), Esther Ryu (32) and David Ryu (41).

Ryu earned a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Seoul National University (Class of 1968) and a Masters in Sociology from Hongik University. He spent his career teaching civics and sociology at Seoul Kyung-Buk High School, Seoul Yeoido High School and the prestigious Seoul Arts High School. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Korean Street Journal Newspaper based in Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife, children and two sisters. Services will be privately held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Eul Chul Ryu’s name to the Korean National American Museum at 3727 W. 6th St., Suite #519, Los Angeles CA, 90020.

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