Dr. Kim Hyun Deok Foreman, Professor at San Francisco State University, pastor’s wife and missionary to Rwanda passed away Wednesday, August 3, after an auto accident near the town of Gitarama, Rwanda. She was 59.
Dr. Foreman was born near Soon-Chun, South Korea on February 20, 1951 to Seong C. Lee and Youngwoo Kim. Her mother was a refugee from the communist north and her father was a farmer in the south. She moved to Seoul as a young girl, helping to support her brothers and sisters while going to school. After graduating from Kyung Hee University in 1973 with a degree in English/Secondary Education her first job as an English teacher was in Chungju. Kim entered a teacher-training program, taught by a Peace Corps volunteer named Chris Foreman.
After a brief engagement of one month, they were married on March 23, 1974 in Seoul. After honeymooning in Jeju Island, they moved to Longview, Washington. Dr. Foreman’s first son, Zachary, was born in 1975 and her second son, Simon Peter was born in 1977. As the wife of an Army officer, she lived with her family in Georgia, Missouri, Oregon and Wisconsin, finally settling in Marin County, California in 1988. She received her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction/ESL from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1980. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology/Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.
Shortly after she was appointed an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University in the newly-formed Department of Instructional Technology, where she taught graduate courses in advanced multimedia design and technology integration. She was promoted to full professor in 1996 and later served as department chair. In addition, Dr. Foreman authored many journal articles, newspaper columns on education and served as a consultant to several journals, including Educational Technology Research and Development and The Journal of Higher Education (JSTOR). Dr. Foreman co-wrote a regular column with her husband in the Korea Times from 1999 to 2007. She was also active in several charities, including the Salvation Army, The Korea Center-San Francisco, Christian Life World Mission Frontiers, Prayer Mountain of Scotts Valley and the Martin Luther King Scholarship.
Dr. Foreman was a lifelong Christian, active in the Assemblies of God and Southern Baptist churches. Her first mission to Africa was in 1998, and this was such a blessing that she returned with her husband in 2001. Dr. Foreman and her husband returned several more times before, in 2005, leading their own mission-- Come & See Africa International. They broke ground on a center that will promote Christian education for the students of the University of Rwanda in Butare in June 2008.
On July 19th she began her 10th mission to Rwanda. On July 31st on her way to Kigali from Butare, she was involved in a auto accident where she was thrown from the vehicle unconscious and was quickly rushed four miles to the local hospital in Kabgayi. From there she was transported to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, where she was treated in the intensive care unit. She passed away peacefully on August 3rd, never having regained consciousness. A memorial service was held for her in Kigali on August 7th with hundreds in attendance, among them the American Ambassador to Rwanda.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Chris A. Foreman, pastor of The First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo; her son, Zachary Foreman, doctoral student and teaching fellow at Catholic University of America in Washington DC; Simon Peter Foreman, artist, daughter-in-law Dilia Marquez Foreman and adored grandson, Hugo Lorenzo Oron Foreman. She is also survived by three sisters: Hyunok King of Virginia, Hyunhee Ko and Pamela Kim of Oregon and two brothers: Injung Kim of Washington and Kyunam Kim of Oregon. Dr. Foreman is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by her local church community as well as the church community in Africa.
Funeral services will be held in Alma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Ruus Road, Hayward, California on Saturday, August 14th at 9 am followed by a grave-side service at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo, 15503 Usher St., San Lorenzo, CA 94580 to support the construction of the center in Butare, Rwanda. Please designate on your contribution “The Kim Foreman Bible Institute”.