Original Call: LDS Church News
Week ending April 23, 1977
Richard Doo Sung Kwak, 55, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Lai Hong and Soon Duk Sur Kwak. A convert to the Church, he was baptized April 5, 1941, in Honolulu. He married Mildred Sachiko Kishimoto Aug. 5, 1957, in the Hawaii Temple. They have four children.
A high school teacher in Hawaii, Pres. Kwak received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University. He served as a Sunday School superintendent's counselor, seventies quorum president, bishop's counselor, high priests group leader, high counselor and district president.
Sister Kwak was born in Hilo, Hawaii, to Seiyu and Chizuko China Kishimoto. She served as an assistant Sunday School secretary, Relief Society visiting teacher, Primary teacher, Primary president's counselor, and Primary president.
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President Kwak was diagnosed with cancer while serving as president and was released early to return to his native Hawaii to convalesce. According to Paul Pugmire, an RM who served under President Kwak, he remembers a fast organized by Elder Kikuchi of the Seventy for President Kwak that included all the Asian missions, stakes and temples. He also remembers that President Kwak was a man of deep faith and commitment.
President Kwak passed away a few years after his release. Sister Kwak is believed to still reside in Kailua, HI.