The Story of Sangmie and Bill

In the whirlwind of the 1960s, amid the backdrop of cultural exchange and international intrigue, Sangmie and Bill’s love story blossomed in the most unexpected of places – the Harvard Club of Seoul.

Their serendipitous encounter began when the US Embassy sought to mend fences within the Harvard Club, and Sangmie and Bill were roped into the mix. Initially, their interaction was one of interest rather than love, but a spark ignited as they navigated the halls of the club together.

Their courtship faced its share of challenges, including Bill’s relocation to Vietnam. Yet, their bond only grew stronger, fueled by heartfelt letters exchanged across the miles.

In April 1968, amidst the bustling streets of Seoul, Sangmie and Bill exchanged vows in a simple yet beautiful ceremony. Their wedding night was marked by laughter and trials, as Bill found himself using Sangmie’s nail file to repair a CARE Jeep borrowed for the occasion.

Over the years, their love has weathered countless adventures and traversed continents, from India to Costa Rica, Liberia to Sri Lanka. Along the way, they welcomed two beautiful daughters and now dote on their four grandchildren, a testament to the enduring strength of their bond.

Reflecting on their journey, Sangmie and Bill offer sage advice to those embarking on the path of love: “Take your time, meet new people, and never stop learning. And remember, having a little money can make life a bit easier.”

Their journey led them to Kendal at Lexington in 2016, drawn by the Quaker values and the promise of a vibrant community. At Kendal, Sangmie immerses herself in Korean literature while Bill indulges in his hobbies of fly fishing, cooking, and folk singing.

In the end, Sangmie and Bill’s story is a testament to the power of love, resilience, and the beauty of unexpected encounters.