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Albert C. Kim

May 1, 1965March 8, 2021

Albert C. Kim was born on May 1, 1965 and passed away on March 8, 2021 and is under the care of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home.

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Karen Pacocha (Pechenik)

April 9, 2021

Albert was a mentor, philosopher, a friend and a positive influence on my life. I met Albert when he first joined Microsoft, and I had just transferred from the LA office back to NYC. His mentoring and believe in my abilities, led to many good things in my life both professionally and personally.

I am so very saddened to find out that Albert has passed. Although I did not stay in touch with him over the years, I will always be grateful to have known him.

My condolences to the Kim family for their loss. Albert was an exceptional, kind and generous human being.

Bob Rapp

March 17, 2021

Albert was a good colleague at Microsoft. Smart kind and fair. He will be missed

Eric Weng

March 16, 2021

I have known Albert since 2007 when I joined a small start-up based in NYC doing Speech IVR. We have worked at 3 companies since then. Over the years, we have become more than colleagues and I have grown to see him as a mentor and a good friend, who would give you numerous product endorsement on things he finds cool and useful. We share common interest in tennis and gadgets. I have played as a 'mercenary' in his tennis league back when my knee was cooperating. I would drive up from the city to Greenwich, CT to practice with his team and for matches. It is a good 2 hour roundtrip for weekday evenings or weekends, but I feel like I cannot disappoint this man.
When I was making weekly client visits in Stamford CT, we would meet up for lunch often. He would talk about his Keto diets, bum knee and hiking adventure plans.

Just a few weeks ago, his brilliant suggestion for a ne wproduct enhancement greatly reduced our TTM and will benefit us on multiple accounts. One of his many legacies we will carry on.

It has been a week and half, but it is still hard to process such a healthy, life loving guy that’s gone too soon.

Vaya Con Dios my friend!

Neil Collins

March 15, 2021

Dear Kim Family, I am very saddened and sorry to hear of your loss. When my scheduled roommate had to cancel at the last minute, I reached out to Albert while I was traveling out to Arizona to play with his team at the USTA Tri-Level National Championship. Though we had never met before, he was quick to graciously agree to share his room so I could defray the cost of the trip. I have come to realize this act of generosity was typical of Albert. We spent a lot of time together over the next few days, including sharing most meals together and a long wide-ranging conversation from his early days at Microsoft, to our shared passions: climbing, skiing, tennis, family. We both had climbed Kilimanjaro with family members. He was so looking forward to climbing Mt. Rainier in June. When I mentioned I was contemplating a particular climb, his calm and considered response was, "You should do it. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to take these opportunities to live our lives". Albert and I were surprised and pleased to realize we had much in common, including being born in the same month, of the same year. In your time of mourning, I hope you find some comfort in the knowledge that to me he was a man at peace with himself and the world, he was proud and happy about his family, and he was doing something he loved...playing team tennis. I would have liked to have gotten to know him better. He was a good man. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.

Larry Sternkopf

March 15, 2021

Albert introduced competitive tennis to so many people in the region and every one of them became a friend. He was particularly adept at constructing teams of talented players, but more importantly players that enjoyed each other's company. Reading through the condolences, it is not surprising that Albert had the same impact to many others outside of tennis. He will be sorely missed.

Adam Lally

March 14, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories from playing on Albert's USTA teams. He was competitive in exactly the right way. He wanted to do everything he could to build the best team and give us the best shot to win, but he was never at all hard on anyone if we lost a match. He always seemed to be happy and just wanted to be supportive of everyone. I'll miss you, Albert.

Brian Kelley

March 13, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Katherine and and his beloved family and friends. Albert was more than a tennis buddy to me. He was kind and generous soul with a welcoming smile who always made the time to help others. I will miss him.
In our family we have a cherished prayer of St John Chrysostom:

"Those whom we love and lose
Are not where they were before.
They are now wherever we are."

Amen. Rest in Peace, Albert

Andrew Weiss

March 13, 2021

My deepest condolences. Albert was a teammate of mine on several USTA teams. His enthusiasm and support of his teammates was invaluable.

ashish kumar

March 13, 2021

Deepest condolences to Katherine, Natasha, Elena, Jared and extended family.

Albert and I joined Microsoft in 1992 and were close friends ever since.

Outside of work, our journeys have similarities, including being told repeatedly that we didn’t deserve the women we married, each having two daughters and a son, ever growing passion for tennis and general obsession with technology.

All along, Albert was incredibly generous with his insights and help. He made my problems and dreams his own whenever I reached out for advice or just to talk.

He was a human Wikipedia with ready answers about technology, tennis, home improvement, art and everything else in between. I sometimes wondered if he just made stuff up to look smart in the moment – ‘how could he possibly know *that* ?’ - but whenever I called his bluff, it turned out he had the facts and analysis right. Impressive yet infuriating.

About 25 years ago to the day, he had us sign up for the first Netscape Developer Conference. Microsoft employees were refused admission, but he told them we were independent consultants and off we went to San Francisco with our pregnant wives in tow. He was adamant that we needed to get out of our bubble and get the full scoop on the Internet. Albert knew where to look for the future.

The night before one of our big all-hands in the MTP group (pic attached), Albert berated me into changing my opening slides. ‘Nobody is interested in your victory lap about revenue and utilization – talk about the cool work in the practice and call out the people who deserve it’. He quoted Louis Kahn - ‘every brick aspires’. My business updates were never the same again.

Albert will be sorely missed but never forgotten. There are countless such stories and expressions and mannerisms that have been adopted by too many of us.

Rest in peace dear friend … although, wherever you are, I suspect that you are busy mobilizing a new crew and cooking up a way to be at the US open.

Walid Bouzouita

March 13, 2021

I met Albert for the first time during the recent tri-level championship in Phoenix. We were part of the same team representing New England on this annual championship. We had few chats and shared some of our experiences in Tennis and life. He was warm and nice and very approachable. We shared almost all the meals we had during that trip together with the group. I am still in shock to hear his passing as last time I saw him was Saturday night, the night before his passing, where we had an awesome dinner. With this post, I would like to send my deep and sincere condoléances to the family and I will always remember him as a great person. May he Rest In Peace.