MADISON - Dr. Raymond "Ray" Wai Mun Chun, age 88, resident of Madison since 1958, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Dr. Chun was born in Honolulu, HI on January 21, 1926. In July of 1944 he joined the U.S. Army, serving in WW II, receiving his discharge in December of 1946. Upon his discharge from service, Raymond went to college, then medical school, becoming an accomplished Pediatric Neurologist, and receiving many accolades and awards. On June 4, 1960, Ray married the love of his life, Memee King, in Washington, D.C. In 2006 Dr. Chun received a Lifetime Acheivement Award from the Child Neurology Society, of which he was a founding member.
In his free time Dr. Chun enjoyed playing tennis, and was an active member of the Greater Madison Tennis Association. Dr. Chun was the State Champion in mixed doubles for three years: '96, '98, and '99.
Dr. Chun is survived by his wife of 53 years, Memee K. Chun; as well as his children: Michael R. (Tina) Chun; Ruthanne (Jim) Chun Polikowski; and, Mark R. (Marianne Takamiya) Chun. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren: Stephen M. Chun; Madeline M. Chun; Elliot J. Polikowski; Althea M. Polikowski; Lucas E. Chun; and Alicia M. Chun.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 28, from 1 - 4 pm at the Cress Center, 6021 University Ave., Madison. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Carbone Cancer Center, in honor of all those who so gently and professionally cared for Ray; UW Carbone Cancer Center, Attn: Katie Williquette, 600 Highland Ave., K4/658, Madison, WI 53792-6164; or to the Greater Madison Tennis Association, GMTA, P.O. Box 1215
Madison, WI 53701-1215, in honor of Dr. Chun, would be appreciated.
Inurnment will take place at a future date at Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery in Kaneohe, HI.
Although he was clearly an accomplished physician who helped countless families and their children, trained hundreds of residents and wrote numerous scientific articles and book chapters, there was an equally rich and busy personal side to Ray as well. His number one love outside of his wife and family would have to be tennis. He loved playing, watching, and teaching the game. Following tennis was sports and staying fit. Even months before his death, Ray was hitting the tennis ball back and forth with his friends and attending the Fitness Center on a regular basis to kibitz with his many friends there while working out. He appreciated their camaraderie in fitness and friendship. Following closely behind fitness and sports would be mushrooms - hunting for morels and growing his own shitake mushrooms. He took life one day at a time and appreciated all the good in the world.
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