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Montgomery Hyun ’49

Montgomery Hyun ’49, former chief judge of the Federal Trade Commission, died Aug. 3, 2016. He was 94.

 

Montgomery spent an idyllic childhood in Anju, Korea, in the northern part of the country before the land was occupied and separated. He obtained a diploma from Seoul College of Economics in 1942, but went into hiding to avoid Japanese forced labor camps. When South Korea was liberated from the Japanese in 1945, Montgomery was suffering from malnutrition and scurvy. He was employed by the newly established U.S. Army Military Government as an interpreter and later advanced to the position of chief Korean political analyst of its civilian administration. In 1947, Montgomery came to the United States on a U.S. Army troop ship in order to continue his education. He attended Swarthmore, where he met his future wife, Ariel Hollinshead Hyun ’51, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Hyun earned a master’s degree in public law and government from Columbia University in 1952 and law degree from Georgetown University in 1956. Throughout the Korean War, Montgomery provided services as a language announcer for the Voice of America. He became a U.S. citizen in 1960 and was admitted to the District of Columbia bar. He worked first for the law firm of Covington & Burling and then as a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission.

 

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