Bumnai Edward Hahm of Irvington passed away at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow on Thursday, June 25, at age 86.
Ed was born to Tae Young Ham and Dong Ryan Kim, in Wonsan, Korea, on October 26, 1933. He was the second youngest child and brother to five sisters. Ed earned a degree in mathematics from Yonsei University, and then desired to advance his studies in the U.S. On January 14, 1957, he arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on the first leg of his travels to Ohio. Ed attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he obtained a master of arts in mathematics. Subsequently, he obtained a master of arts in computer science from NYU. During his time at Miami U, Ed met his beloved wife, Younghee, while she toured universities with her singing group to meet other Korean students. He and Younghee married in New York City at Riverside Chapel on April 8, 1961. Ed was a father of three and grandfather of three.
Ed had an accomplished career, mostly in the wine and spirits industry. He had a successful 18 years at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, which included co-heading the market research team. Ed made his final career move to Adams Beverage Media, where he spent seven years as the corporate research director. He and his team developed and published various publications including the Adams Liquor Handbook, which is used industry wide. Ed was a member of the Irvington Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the chancel choir for many years. His passions included photography, computers, trips to the casino with Younghee, religion, Asian astrology, gardening, crossword puzzles, singing, learning music theory, and writing.
Ed is survived by children Grace Hahm, Irene Hahm Cole with her husband Mark Cole, and James Hahm with Agnes Doran Hahm. He is also survived by his sisters Mija Cole and Suncha Calderon, and his grandsons Nicholas Hahm, Michael Hahm, and Matthew Hahm.
Visitation and funeral service was July 2 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Burial followed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, in the Hillcrest Garden section.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be directed to Phelps Hospital. Visit phelpsevents.org/give-now. Under designation, click “Comfort Care Rooms” and indicate the gift is in memory Edward Hahm. Or send a check payable to “Phelps Hospital” to: Development Office, Attn: Jill Scibilia, 1 Phelps Lane, Suite 106, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Indicate “Comfort Care Rooms” in the memo field and with a note that the gift is in memory of Edward Hahm.