Virtual Memorial Service:
The memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at 10:00am EST at the St Bartholomew Church, located at 6900 River Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817. For those unable to attend the memorial service in-person, you can participate remotely by joining the virtual memorial service link above.
Paul Chu was born CHU Chung-In in the small city of GwangCheon, in South ChunChung.Province, South Korea, a few hours’ drive from Seoul, near the Yellow Sea. He grew up on a farm there that has been in the Chu family for many generations (Chung-In was the 36th generation of the Chu (주) family with ancestry dating back 28 generations to the Chinese philosopher ZHU-Shi b.1130). It was his lifelong wish to be buried there, near his oldest half-brother, Chung-Bin. He was the middle child of three siblings borne by his mother, and had 6 other half siblings both older and younger. He is survived by his sister Chung-Un, his 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Chung-In graduated from high school in Seoul, served in the ROK army, and was honorably discharged as a Captain.
He went to the US in 1958 as a foreign student, graduating in 4 years from Concord College in Athens WV. He became a naturalized American citizen taking the name Paul. His first job was teaching high school math in Cleveland Ohio. There he married Helena Shin whom he previously met in Korea, and had two children, Joseph Paul, and Elizabeth Ann. He subsequently worked for Control Data Corporation, one of the original computer manufacturers, in Minneapolis, MN, Burlington, VT, and St. Louis, MO.
In the mid 80’s he accepted a company transfer to Beijing, China to open a sales office there, where he spend most of the rest of his life. He started his own business in Beijing, Pacific Business Development, after he left Control Data, a business which continues today.
In the last years of his life, he lived in Bethesda, MD. Challenged by Dementia, he was well cared for, and near his family. He passed at St. Bartholomew Hospice on Jun 3, 2023. Paul was a lifelong devout Catholic and received last rites before passing.
His memorial service will be at St. Bartholomew Church, Bethesda MD, and will be buried in GwangCheon the week of August 20, 2023
Flowers may be sent to St. Bartholomew Church, though donations to Montgomery Hospice (montgomeryhospice.org) are encouraged in lieu of flowers.