WANG SUN YUN: 1904-1926 – A HASTINGS COLLEGE STUDENT FROM FALL 1923 TO WINTER 1926
(Editor’s Note: Following the so-called "Korean Military Summer School" period, in which Hastings College participated, Korean students continued to come to the College on their own, singly or in small groups. Wang Sun Yun was such a student. The following newspaper notices tell the story of this popular student’s tragic demise.)*
In Memory of Wang Sun Yun who was loved and trusted by the entire student body of Hastings College. Yun was an extraordinary example of a Christian gentleman. His sincerity, his fidelity, and his honesty were well known among his acquaintances.
Yun was born in 1904 at Tokyo, Japan. He was the son of Tchi O Yun, who was a former minister of education in Korea. His mother was Sook Kyung Lee, a descendant of the royal family of Korea.
Yun completed courses in the elementary and secondary schools of Korea. After graduating from a Korean college, Yun sailed for America, where he entered Hastings College in the fall of 1923.
Yun’s body lies at rest in Parkview Cemetery as a memorial of the far-reaching influence which he had over his fellow students and the citizens of Hastings.
The Morning Spotlight, October 5, 1937 – "Korean Doctor Comes Here to Thank Friends of his Dead Brother"
The universal language is not French or English, but a language of love," Dr. John W. Creighton told the Hastings College students at the morning chapel in introducing Dr. Ilsun S. Yun, Professor of Pathology at a Korean university.
Dr. Yun is in Hastings paying tribute to the Hastings College folk for their kindness toward his brother, Wang Sun Yun, who died while attending the College in 1926. Wang Yun Sun was buried in the Turbyfill lot in Parkview Cemetery.
Dr. Yun recently returned from study in Austria, Italy, and Germany. His research dealt with the causes of an obscure disease which caused his brother’s death.
‘The tribute shown toward the deceased college student was one of the most gracious things the people of Hastings could have done toward its Oriental students,’ Dr. Creighton concluded.
Dr. Yun will leave today and continue his work at the university in Korea.
Wang Sun Yun's tombstone in the Parkview Cemetery Turbyfill lot.