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Moon-jhong and Hwa-ja





The Rhee family is headed by Moon-jhong and Hwa-ja. Natives of Korea, they moved to the U.S. in the late '60s. Moon-jhong is professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Hwa-ja enjoyed a long career as a computer programmer/analyst at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, but is now happily retired. They live in Silver Spring, MD, in the same house where they raised four children. Both are avid golfers, even though Hwa-ja swore she would never become a golf-addict like Moon-jhong.

Jinny is the oldest daughter. She earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and now teaches engineering at San Jose State University. Jinny lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband, Chris Lillios, who became an "honora-Rhee" in 1996. Chris runs a software consulting business, and enjoys windsurfing and playing the trumpet in a professional brass band. They have two kids, Niko and Kimi.

Ranne is the second daughter. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend, Craig Dumas, where they work for an architecture firm. In her (limited!) spare time, she likes to travel, and to prepare meals from the most complicated recipes that she can find. Ranne's longest held ambition: to buy her first horse before her first car.

Mea is the third daughter. For many years, she was a graphic designer who pursued her obsession for handmade pottery on the side. But now she runs a busy pottery studio, Good Elephant Pottery, while doing design work on the side. She runs these businesses from her home in Silver Spring, MD, and when she remembers to go outside, she enjoys gardening, bicycling, hiking, camping, and road trips.

Won is the youngest Rhee and only son, and therefore gets showered with affection from his three older sisters. Another Stanford grad, he lives in Los Altos, CA, and works as an electrical engineer designing microchips. In his spare time, Won enjoys eating well with his girlfriend Sue, playing classical guitar, fiddling with his various computers, and an occasional marathon.


Updated March 2011