Kim Yong-shik

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Kim Yong-shik
President of the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee
In office
November 2, 1981 – July 11, 1983
Leader Juan Antonio Samaranch
Succeeded by Roh Tae-woo
Personal details
Born (1913-11-11)11 November 1913
Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, Japanese Korea
Died 31 March 1995(1995-03-31) (aged 81)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Occupation Lawyer, politician
Korean name
Hangul 김용식
Hanja 金溶植
Revised Romanization Gim Yong-sik
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yongsik
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Yong-shik (November 11, 1913 – March 31, 1995) was a Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang, Japanese Korea lawyer and diplomat.

Personal life[edit]

Kim's younger brother was Korean author Kim Yong-ik. He graduated from the Law College of Chuo University in Tokyo in 1937.


He twice served as Foreign Minister of South Korea (in 1962 and from 1971 to 1973) and also held the posts of National Unification Minister (1973–74) and Minister without Portfolio (1963). Kim's diplomatic career began with posts as Consul in Hong Kong and Honolulu, and progressed with assignments as Minister of the South Korean embassies to Japan (1951-1957) and France (May 16, 1957 – September 10, 1958), and then Minister with the Korean mission in Geneva.[1] He then became Ambassador to Great Britain, concurrently to the Scandinavian countries (1961–62), to the Philippines (1962–63), to the United Nations, concurrently Canada (1964–70),[citation needed] and to the United States (1977–81).[2][3] He was also special assistant to the President of the Republic of Korea for Foreign Affairs (1970–71).

Upon his retirement from the foreign service, Kim took the posts of President of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Chairman of the Committee for Promotion of Home Visits by Overseas Koreans, Chairman of the Committee for Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Korean US Relations.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ham Byeong-chun
Ambassador of South Korea to the United States
Succeeded by
Yu Byung-hyun
Sporting positions
Preceded by
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by
South Korea Roh Tae-woo