Yong Ku Ahn

February 18, 1928August 14, 2013
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Yong Ku Ahn, 85, of Columbia, Maryland passed away on August 14, 2013. Mr. Ahn was a beloved violinist, professor, conductor, and humanitarian. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Chung Hyun Ahn; his children Ho, Jun, and Anna Marie and their spouses; and his three grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm, where a memorial service will be held at 1:30pm.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2013

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David Link

September 10, 2014

I was one of the original 7 students when Mr.Ahn came to Peabody in 1968. During those years I became a part of the family. Once he asked me to baby sit his children, young Ho, Jun and baby Ann Marie. He also asked me to teach his two boys since they would not listen to 1978 I moved to San Francisco to do graduate studies at the GTU in Berkeley. I lost touch with him. In 2008 we made contact again. For the next 5 years Mark, Lauren, Brenda and I gathered together in May to play music, drink and eat a wonderful dinner prepared by his beautiful wife. My Brother Bob would join us. Uncle Ahn as he asked me to call him was mor than a teacher and mentor but family. For all of us who knew him he was a blessing and a gift of God. Eternal rest grant to him and let perpetual light shine upon him. REV Monsignor David Link

David Link

September 9, 2014

I was one of the Seven original students when Mr Ahn came to Peabody in 1968. During those years I became part of the family baby sitting young Ho, Jun and baby Ann Marie. In 1978 I went to San Francisco to do graduate studies and lost touch with him for over 30 years. In 2008 we made contact and for the last 6 years Mark, Lauren and Brenda gathered at his house every May to play chamber music, drink and eat a wonderful dinner prepared his beautiful wife.My brother Bob also would attend. It was such a joyous occasion each year. Mr. Ahn was more than a teacher and mentor but family and to all of us he was a blessing and gift from God. We are so fortunate to have had him in our lives. Eternal rest grant him Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Rev.Monsignor David Link

Stephanie Ford- Simon

April 18, 2014

What a wonderful teacher! I studied with him at Peabody Conservatory back in 1983-85. I know he will truly be missed.

Sunmy Kang-Brown

December 26, 2013

Mr. Ahn was my violin teacher since the 3rd grade. I adored having him as my violin teacher from 3rd grade until 10th grade. He is the reason I love music. I recently found out he passed away. My heart broke. Yet, it made me recollect the days I was taught by him inside his home in Owen Brown. RIP Mr. Ahn.

October 19, 2013

I am sorry to hear of the passing of such an honored teacher, both in Korea and the US. I fondly remember playing Bartok duets in his home on Belvedere Ave.
Sandy Meyers Baltimiore Md

Barbara Seely

September 24, 2013

I just heard about the passing of Dr. Ahn, I am so very sorry to hear that he is gone, I hope he did not suffer. I would love to see you. Please call me when you are up to visitors.

Rebecca Henry

August 21, 2013

Dear Mrs. Ahn and family,

I am very sorry for your loss and have such fond memories of Dr. Ahn. When I first came to Peabody over 25 years ago, he welcomed me warmly and I learned much in observing him over the years. I always appreciated his musicianship, sincerity and professionalism, and was proud to be his colleague.

I am sorry that I was not in town for the service, and my thoughts are with you.

Robert Pierce

August 20, 2013

Dear Mrs. Ahn and family,

I was saddened to learn of the death of your beloved husband and father of your children, and I extend to you my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Yong K. was a wonderful musician and teacher, a great colleague and gentleman, and it was my privilage to know and to work with him at the Peabody. He served the school and his students extremely well and will always be remembered for it.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great personal loss.

Sincerely, Robert Pierce

Dan Silver

August 17, 2013

We are in shock from this sudden tragedy. I am so privileged to have been taught by him. We have been so close for over four decades and the entire Silver family is sharing this profound grief.

Sunki/Hyun Joo Choe

August 17, 2013

Dear Ahn family,
Although saddened by Dr. Ahn's passing, we celebrate the memory of a life well lived. May you find comfort and strength in His ever loving care at this time.
The Choes of Columbia