Dr. Wonmo Dong

April 4, 1935July 13, 2020

Loving and Greatly Loved Husband, Father and Grandfather

Dr Wonmo Dong went home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2020 at the age of 85 in Bellevue, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catherine Aukhee Song Dong; his children, Clara Lee (Daniel), Christine Lee (Alexander) and Dr. Kenneth Dong (Catherine) and his grandchildren, Andy, Amy, Anna and Abraham Dong and Michael Lee. He is also survived by two younger brothers, three younger sisters and 18 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by an older brother and a younger brother.

Dr. Dong was born on April 4, 1935 in Hungnam, North Korea and moved to South Korea in 1948. He is the son of Byung Chan Dong and Young Man Hahn.

He is a graduate of Pai Chai High School and Yonsei University (BA) in Seoul, Korea. He immigrated to the US in 1958 and went on to receive his BA from Southwestern University, MA from University of Kentucky and Ph.D from Georgetown University as a Danforth Foundation fellow. He was Professor Emeritus in Political Science and director of the Asian Studies program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for 32 years. From 2000, he lived in Kirkland, Washington and was Korean Program Scholar in Residence at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington until 2011.



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Tommy Tyler

September 2, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Wonmo Dong.
As an undergraduate at SMU from 1968-Dec. 1971, I was fortunate to learn much from Dr. Dong, and particularly enjoyed his lectures and comments on Far East politics and its history. Because of Dr. Dong and the other great professors in the political science department, I majored in political science at SMU and still have fond memories of my time in Dr. Dong's class.

Thomas L. Tyler
Deputy Chief of Staff
Louisiana State Senate

James Pan

August 3, 2020

I had a wonderful opportunity and met with Dr. Dong in the fall of 1987. I was a 1st-year undergraduate student at that time. Dr. Dong was very kind to be the sponsor of our campus organization for undergraduate Asian students. I will forever be grateful for his kindness.


jp :)

Jennifer Lee

July 22, 2020

Dear Mrs. Dong, Clara, Daniel, Christine, Alex, Ken and Cathy,
We send our deepest condolences regarding Dr. Dong's passing. I will always remember him as a sweet, kind, gentle and loving man. I greatly enjoyed watching the memorial service and feeling like I was there too. It was a wonderful celebration of his life. I loved hearing all of the poignant stories about Dr. Dong. He was clearly an amazing man, who was hard working, ambitious, passionate, and loved his family SO much. His legacy will live on in his children and grandchildren, and many generations to come. Sending you all so much love.
Love, Jen Lee, Mike Hassett, Annie and Daniel Lee-Hassett

Eddie and Diane Kim

July 22, 2020

Dear Dong and Lee family,

We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. We have been praying and grieving, with and for your family. As we attended the virtual service, we were blessed to hear —in addition to his extraordinary professional accomplishments— how he was truly everything a man could strive for in this life: a dutiful son and brother; a loving, supportive and sacrificial husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather; a faithful Christ-follower; a friend and gentleman.

Every man should hope to live such a blessed life, loving others and being so well-loved.

Pastor Daniel, we were blessed by your testimony and gracious message, borne from decades of exceptional closeness. You were the perfect person to honor him on behalf of the family.

With our prayers, love and condolences,

Eddie, Diane, Jeremy and Justin Kim

Cindy Lee

July 22, 2020

I remember when uncle would visit us in Korea from America. He would bring us bags of gifts-I clearly remember a Mickey Mouse sleeping bag and chocolates-bags and bags of Hershey chocolates. He would fill the room with his laughter and voice-what presence he had! I never got to meet any of my grandpas...but to me, uncle was A grandpa figure to me who would spoil us with gifts/chocolates and give me piggy backs. I would also hear stories of uncle and how brilliant he was and I’ve always been so proud to be his niece. Kun appa, I’ll always remember the joy you would bring me as a little kid and as an adult.

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