Tae Dong Chung
September 9, 1937 – March 20, 2020
Tae Dong Chung passed away on March 20, 2020.
Tae Dong was an academic, politician, and diplomat, as well as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Song Ja, two daughters Ellice and Grace, son-in-law, Sung-Ho, and four grandsons, David, Daniel, Kenneth, and Steven.
Dr. Tae Dong ("TD") Chung (정태동) was an academic, politician, and diplomat, as well as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
After earning his degrees at Yonsei University (Bachelor's), Georgetown University (Master's), and George Washington University (Ph.D.), TD began his career as a professor of political science at Yonsei University.
As a civil servant, TD dedicated his career to South Korea's national defense and security amidst tension and conflict in the Korean Peninsula. He held key roles including Special Assistant to the Korean Ambassador to the U.S., Director of Foreign Intelligence at the Korean Defense Intelligence Agency (KDIA), and Deputy Director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA). In addition, as the South Korean Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, he strengthened South Korea's diplomatic relations within the region.
After retiring from his political and academic career, he founded MST Global in La Mirada, CA and served as CEO and President.
TD will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Song Ja (박송자), two daughters Ellice (정지용) and Grace (정지혜), son-in-law, Sung-Ho (김성호), and four grandchildren, David (김도균), Daniel (김도형), Kenneth (서윤성), and Steven (서의성).