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In Memory of Jiwon Lee

Jiwon Lee with the boardJiwon Lee (center, holding gavel) stands with ASDA’s 2013-14 Board of Trustees at the end of their term at ASDA’s Annual Session 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.  

On Sunday, May 4, the American Student Dental Association learned of the passing of Immediate Past President Jiwon Lee. A beloved daughter, sister, friend and esteemed colleague, Lee was 29 years old. She was a fourth year dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Lee served as the 2013-14 president of ASDA. During her term, ASDA saw nearly 90 percent market share, the implementation of an advocacy alert system and collaboration with other groups within organized dentistry. Lee also served as an appointed member of the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations as well as a member of ASDA’s delegation to the ADA’s 2013 House of Delegates.

Prior to serving as president of ASDA, Lee served as the 2012-13 speaker of the House of Delegates. Lee had been a middle school math teacher with AmeriCorps before enrolling in dental school and often referenced this experience with regards to her leadership style.

Lee will be missed by the leaders, members and staff she touched during her involvement with ASDA. Current President Kristopher Mendoza, University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry ’15, wrote in a statement: “ASDA is about the dental profession and creating policy, but more than anything, it is about people. It is about our community, our family known as ASDA that brings us closer than any words on a document can. Please keep Jiwon and her family in your thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.”

As part of the memorial, friends and family are gathering people’s memories and stories about Jiwon. If you would like to share your story, please e-mail To read memories from the ASDA leaders who knew Jiwon best, visit ASDA's blog.

Memorial Details
Monday, May 12, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Columbia University
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street
First floor
New York, NY 10032

For individuals and organizations that would like to send cards or flowers to the memorial, please use the following address:

Lee Family
c/o Jane Bogart
Director of Student Wellness
Columbia University
50 Haven Avenue
Suite 107
New York, NY 10032

Other expressions of sympathy for the Lee family can be sent to Jiwon’s brother, Matthew:

Matthew Lee
700 W. 176 St.
New York, NY 10033


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