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Han Chun Choi

Han Chun Choi ’88, Decatur, Ga., March 26, 2018, at age 52. Shortly after graduating from Northwestern, Mr. Choi joined the staff of then-Gov. Bill Clinton in Arkansas. He became a policy adviser to the governor in 1990–91, just prior to Clinton’s bid for the White House. At Clinton’s urging, Mr. Choi earned his law degree at Emory University in 1993 and later joined the public and corporate finance practice group of King & Spalding in Atlanta. He became one of the first Asian American office managing partners of a top-100 law firm, Ballard Spahr. Mr. Choi served on the board of the Korean American Bar Association of Georgia, which he co-founded. Born in Gangneung, South Korea, Mr. Choi immigrated to the United States as a toddler. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Abrams; their three children, Christopher, David and Hannah; his ­parents, Tom and Susie; and a sister, Angie.

robert cotton obitRobert Cotton Fite ’81 PhD, Aug. 15, 2017, Glenview, Ill., at age 79.

An Episcopal priest, clinical psychologist and activist, Rev. Fite was known for his dedication to peace, justice and service through his preaching, counseling work and advocacy in support of the Palestinian cause.

Rev. Fite was priest associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston for almost 40 years. He was also board chair of the Seraj Library Project, an organization created to build children's libraries in rural Palestinian villages.

After Rev. Fite made his first trip to Israel and Palestine in 2003, he pushed for a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He devoted himself to the Palestinian struggle for justice. He led workshops and spoke to congregations about the issue. He was the first convener of the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and was a member of the Chicago Faith Coalition.

Ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Rev. Fite entered a joint program at Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to train as a pastoral counselor. He then joined the clinical staff at the Pastoral Counseling Center at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., in 1979. He served as the center’s director from 1985 to 2002.

Rev. Fite is survived by his wife, Diane; two daughters, Katherine and Hunter; and five grandchildren.