Dr. Young J. Kim, 71, studied population growth at Hopkins

November 01, 2005|By JACQUES KELLY | JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER

Dr. Young J. Kim, a Johns Hopkins research scientist who studied the dynamics of world population growth, was killed Thursday in an automobile accident at Dulaney Valley and Timonium roads. The Towson resident was 71.

Born Young Ja Kang in Tokyo, the daughter of a Korean physician, she initially studied physics and earned a bachelor of science degree at Seoul National University. After moving to the United States in the 1960s, she received a master's degree from Indiana University.

She and her husband, Chung W. Kim, moved to Baltimore in 1966 as he joined the Johns Hopkins University faculty and she earned a doctorate in biostatistics there.

Dr. Young Kim became a research associate at the Hopkins School of Public Health in 1972, and was named a professor in 1987 in what is now Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.

She taught in Korea from 2002 to 2004, then returned to Hopkins. Named professor emeritus last year, she taught until her death.

"She was an outstanding classroom instructor and mentor to graduate students," said Henry Mosley, professor and former chairman in her department. "Her work was in very advanced studies in the mathematics of populations dynamics. She also made many contributions to applied research ranging from adolescent fertility to contraception, smoking cessation trials, child care and low birth weight."

"She was a gentle and modest person with a huge capacity to help and collaborate," said Laurie Schwab Zabin, also a professor in the department. "Her work is internationally known in the theory of stable populations."

Dr. Kim taught, conducted research, and worked in the fields of demography, theoretical population biology, and family and environmental planning.

Dr. Kim was a past editor of Mathematical Population Studies, and was a member of the editorial board of Demography, both scholarly journals.

She was a visiting research scholar at the World Fertility Survey in London, as well as institutions in Austria, Italy, Korea and France.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, director of the Korean Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul and retired professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Physics and Astronomy; a daughter, Janet Cahill of Boston; two brothers, Il-Ku Kang and Bin Goo Kang, both of Korea; a sister, Minnie Shin of Chicago; and two grandchildren.

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