Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Jack Hom 23 January 1918 - 25 August 2011

Jack Hom


Hom, Jack
23 January 1918 - 25 August 2011
Hom Mon Yong, known to his family, friends, and the community as Jack Hom, passed away on Thursday, 25 August 2011. He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Dorothy, his son and daughter-in-law (Larry and Martha), his daughter (Cynthia), four grandsons (Michael, David, Tyson and Justin), two great-granddaughters (Zoe and Elyse), his seven nieces and nephews (Art, Sam, Frances, Mary, Doris, Mamie, and Homer); and Brian, who loved him too.

Mr. Hom was born on 23 January 1918 in the Guangdong Province of China and emigrated to the United States in 1931. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1938, distinguishing himself in mathematics, tennis and as an ROTC cadet. Shortly after his marriage to Dorothy in 1941, Mr. Hom joined the Army Air Corps where he served as a radioman for the duration of WWII. At the conclusion of the war, he returned home to Los Angeles where he and Dorothy operated a well-known Chinese restaurant, the Mee Hung Inn, on Los Feliz Blvd for the next 23 years. During this period, Jack was an active Rotarian, a member of the American Legion, and taught Chinese Cooking and Culture at UCLA. In 1968 he embarked on a new career in the financial arena, becoming a respected stock broker and financial planner. For 20 years he helped numerous people attain their financial objectives before finally retiring in 1988.

During his retirement, Mr. Hom turned his attention to helping others, donating generously to many charitable organizations including the Chinese Historical Society and the building of the Chinatown Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. One of his most satisfying acts, however, was the establishment of the Jack Hom Scholarship Endowment Fund. Since its inception, this Fund has awarded and continues to award a number of scholarships each year to deserving students. For his efforts, Mr. Hom was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award at the 1999 National Philanthropy Day ceremonies.

In accordance with his wishes, no service will be held and the family requests that donations to the Jack Hom Scholarship Fund should be made in lieu of flowers via the Friends of the Chinatown Library Fund.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on September 1, 2011