Kyung Ho Park, 80, a retired writer-editor for the Voice of America and a former concert pianist and music teacher in Korea, died Saturday at Fairfax Hospital.
He had been admitted there after suffering a fractured hip two weeks ago in a fall at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Park was with the Voa in Washington from 1956 until his retirement in 1971.
He was born in Pyongyang, Korea, and educated at Soong Sil College in Korea and Nanking University in China. He first came to this country to earn a master's degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1932.
Mr. Park then gave recitals of the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Grieg and helped organize the first symphony orchestra in Korea, which he conducted.
His career as a concert pianist was halted by a wrist injury, and he became a music conductor and teacher at Ewha Women's University in Seoul. In 1945, he began work with the U.S. military government in Korea.
Mr. Park wrote and produced historical and cultural programs for the Korean Broadcasting Co. He later became regent of Seoul National University.
He returned to this country in 1949 as a Rockefeller fellow to do research in broadcasting. When the Korean conflict broke out, he started work with the United Nations Secretariat and the U.S. State Department in connection with Korean-language broadcasts.
He is survived by his wife, Young Sil Park, of the home; three sons, Choong Shin and Choong Hyun, both of Fairfax, and Choong Wha, of Odenton, Md.; two daughters, Mimi Kaufmann, of South Glastonbury, Conn., and Grace Miller, of Fort Monroe, Va., and eight grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, KYUNG HO PARK