Professor Emeritus, Young K. Kwon died of illness on May 7, 2011 in Singapore. Professor Kwon previously was the A.C. Littleton Professor of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he taught from 1985 until 2005. Professor Kwon leaves his wife, Sung, a son, Benedict Kwon (UIUC B.S., Accountancy 1994), and a granddaughter. After his retirement from Illinois in 2005, Professor Kwon joined the faculty at Singapore Management University where he served as Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean for Research at the time of his death.
While on the Illinois faculty, Professor Kwon taught courses primarily in managerial accounting and a doctoral analytical research course. Professor Kwon served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees at Illinois and from 2000 to 2004 was the Director of the Accountancy Doctoral Program. He also was Editor of the International Journal of Accounting in 2000-2001 and currently is on the editorial board of Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. Professor Kwon’s research was published in major journals in Mathematics, Economics, and Accounting and involved the mathematical modeling of accounting issues that exploited his unique knowledge of both accounting and mathematics.
Professor Kwon has the noteworthy distinction of having earned two doctorates. His first was in Mathematics from UCLA in 1969 and his second was in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. Professor Kwon decided to pursue a second doctorate in Accounting after discussing accounting research with Song K. Kim (an Assistant Professor at Illinois 1977 to 1983) who was then an Accounting doctoral student at the University of Texas taking an advanced mathematics course from Professor Kwon.
Prior to joining the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois, Professor Kwon taught at the University of Kansas where he was an Associate Professor of Accounting (1980-85). Earlier in his career, Professor Kwon served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin (1970-76) and as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of California, Berkeley (1978-80).
Young K. Kwon was a highly respected colleague who all will miss and remember fondly.