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Kumho Asiana widow passes away


Marguerite Clark Park

Marguerite Clark Park, the American widow of Kumho Asiana Group Honorary Chairman Park Seong-yawng, died last Thursday in Santa Monica, California from a chronic ailment.

She was 81 years old.

Park’s body will be cremated and her ashes will be brought to Korea today via Asiana Airlines.

Her ashes will be buried next to her husband’s in a family burial site in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi.

People wishing to pay condolences can visit Severance Hospital in Sinchon, western Seoul, after 8 p.m. tonight.

Park became the first daughter-in-law of the group’s owner family after marrying Park Seong-yawng in 1964. He was studying at Yale University.

Park’s father, Kumho Asiana Group founder Park In-cheon, opposed the international marriage at first and boycotted the wedding. He later accepted the couple after seeing his grandchildren.

Park Seong-yawng died in 2005, also in the United States. Park was the first son of Park In-cheon and is the older brother of the late group Chairman Park Jeong-koo, current group Chairman Park Sam-koo, Kumho Petrochemical Chairman Park Chan-koo and Korea Polytechnics Chairman Park Jong-koo.

Kumho Asiana Group officials said Marguerite Park had a deep interest in music and the arts that she shared with her husband. She served as chairman of the Seoul Arts Center and as cultural ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Her husband was chairman of the Seoul Arts Center and Korea Mecenat Association, an organization that promotes private sector contributions to the arts.

“After Park passed away in 2005, she often visited Kumho Art Hall and sat in seat G7, which Park used to occupy to watch performances,” an official from Kumho Asiana Group said.

Under the couple’s guidance and through the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, Kumho Asiana Group has become one of the nation’s leading companies supporting the arts. It provides scholarships to aspiring artists not only in Korea but also overseas.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [kjoo@joongang.co.kr]

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