In Memory

Debbie Kim

Debbie Kim

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07/11/19 11:35 AM #1    

Kathy LaMaster

April 26, 1961 - August 23, 2016

Debora Mary Kim died at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on August 23, 2016. She was 55 years old.

From a young age, Deb demonstrated keen intellectual curiosity, fascination for other cultures and compassion for all living creatures. Born and raised in Minnesota, Deb graduated from the Edina West High School in 1979 and attended the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1984.

Deb returned to Minnesota for medical school and was awarded a degree from the Mayo Medical School (Rochester) in 1989, followed by a residency in clinical pathology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and a fellowship in blood banking. After her medical training, Deb continued her education, earning a masters degree in business administration from the University of Saint Thomas Graduate School of Business in Minneapolis.

A board certified pathologist, Deb served professionally at the San Diego Blood Bank: United Blood Services in Scottsdale, Arizona; the American Red Cross in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto, California.

Deb’s love of adventure, animals, and other cultures took her across the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and Asia. An intrepid and enthusiastic traveler, she described seeing the great cats, hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses in their native habitats as the thrill of a lifetime.

Deb’s intelligence and inquisitiveness were matched by an ebullient sense of humor and a lifelong joy of childhood icons including the Jetsons, the Flinstones, and Gumby.

A private memorial service is planned. Donations in Deb’s memory can be made to your local animal shelter or the American Porphyria Foundation.

Debbie lived life to the fullest!  She was constantly learning, enjoyed travel and reconnected with me just a few years before she passed.  Great memories of a wonderful person.


07/13/19 07:04 AM #2    

Sharon Petersen

Lovely description. Thanks for sharing it.

07/15/19 09:24 AM #3    

Jeff Bangs

Very nice memorial.  Though she passed on way too early, she certainly made the most of her life.  She really "lived" and accomplished a great deal.

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