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Posted : 2013-09-26 18:00
Updated : 2013-09-26 18:00

American missionary laid to rest in Daegu

Howard F. Moffett
By Kwon Ji-youn

The remains of American missionary Dr. Howard F. Moffett and his wife, Margaret D. Moffett, were brought from the U.S. to Korea and buried in Daegu on Wednesday.

The burial took place in the presence of their youngest son Sam Moffett and grandson Ian Taylor. Some 200 acquaintances also attended.

"Our father's last testament was a wishful desire to be laid to rest in Daegu," Sam Moffett said. "He loved Korea."

Dr. Moffett, son of Samuel Moffett, Korea's first missionary, was dispatched to Korea in 1947. That same year, he became superintendent at the Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, and devoted some 30 years to the development of the center. He later served as chairman of the university.

He also dedicated a good portion of his life to his business that focused primarily on education and community service.

After the Korean War, he provided medical services free of charge to refugees and widows.

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