Dr. Jay Kim

Obituary of Dr. Jay H. Kim

Dr. Jay H. Kim, age 81, passed away on December 31, 2022, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jay had also resided in Buffalo, NY, Central New Jersey, Illinois, West Virginia, Washington DC before finally moving to Warren 22 years ago.

Jay received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SeoulNational University. He later earned his doctorate from the University at Buffalo SUNY and his postdoctoral work was completed at the University of Chicago.

He began his career working for the health agency in Hightstown NJ and then continued to work for the Department of Health of Illinois as a statistician. He then moved to West Virginia and later Washington DC where he worked for the CDC before retiring in 2010.

Early in his career Jay worked as a journalist and continued to have a passion for writing throughout his life. He was also a very talented photographer, and he loved opera.

He is survived by his wife Kunmi Kim, two daughters Stephanie Theune and her husband Travis and Irene Asbury and her husband Jacob. He is also survived by a sister and many extended family and friends both here and in South Korea.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday January 7, 2023, from 3 to 5pm at Higgins Home for Funerals 752 Mountain Blvd. Watchung NJ 07069. 

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Sierra Club Donate to the Sierra Club as flowers are not permitted.


Memorial Visitation at Funeral Home

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Higgins Home for Funerals
752 Mountain Blvd.
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Somerset Hills Memorial Park
95 Mount Airy Road
Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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