Han Koo Lee was born on November 3, 1929, and, along with his wife and his
mother-in-law, tragically died in a fire in Seoul, Korea, on January 31, 2004.
After completing his premedical work at Seoul National University, he attended
the College of Medicine at Seoul National University, from which he graduated
in 1954. He then faithfully performed his military duty in the Korean Army by
serving in the Korean Army hospitals and the 121st United States Army
Evacuation Hospital.Han Koo Lee was one of very few Korean physicians who received an
internship and residency training in the United States during the 1950s, after
the Korean War. In 1957, he served an internship in a Columbia
University-affiliated hospital in the Manhattan section of New York, and then
he entered a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kentucky in
Lexington, Kentucky. His mentor was William K. Massie Jr., MD, who trained at
Massachusetts General Hospital and served as an Anna Kane Teaching Fellow at
New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Han Koo Lee's beloved wife, Nam Ji Cho, MD,
PhD, was at that time training in pediatrics at Louisville General Hospital.
It was during this time that their two sons, Francis Young-In and Fred Su-In,
were born (Francis in 1962 and Fred in 1963). Their daughter, Christina
Moonhee, was born six years later, in 1969.