Dr. Kim Weol-Soon Rupnow passed away on October 16, 2015 at the age of 61, having lived a determined, successful, and full life despite cancer. Rupnow began her career in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) as a lecturer and student before becoming an assistant professor in the college’s Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in 1993. Promoted to associate professor in 2007, she would continue her research and projects through her illness.
A close friend and colleague, former CDS Director Robert Stodden, said, “Kim was one of the highly successful researchers and grant competitors within CDS. At times, it was obvious that she was enduring unbearable pain, yet she expressed optimism and appreciation for the many positive things in her life. She loved her family and being part of everything. Her presence often made the day for everyone, and she will be sorely missed.”