Mathematician has been a member of the faculty since 1980 and department head since 2004.
A memorial service for MIT junior Daniel Mun will be held tonight at the MIT Chapel at 8 p.m. The service will be for family members, friends, his Chi Phi fraternity brothers and representatives from the Korean community. President Charles M. Vest will be among the speakers.
Authorities yesterday informed MIT officials that a body found in the Charles River near campus on Saturday had been positively identified as that of the 20-year old biology major. Known as "Dong" to his friends, Mun was reported missing in early December.
The Korean drum group Oori will participate in tonight's service, which was arranged by Chi Phi president Lowery Duvall, Mun's roommate Dexter Ang, and Robert Randolph, senior associate dean for students.
Myra Collins, Mun's high school quiz team coach in Kirksville, Mo., said Mun possessed "an amazing ability to recall information quickly and to remember math facts and equations for rapid solutions.
"He was an exceptional young man. [MIT] was lucky to have him there for the past two and a half years," she said.
President Vest, in a statement issued Monday, said, "I join his family and friends in mourning the loss of this fine young man."
"MIT has been very supportive of us at this difficult time," said Jim Bueche (S.B. 1962), president of the local Chi Phi fraternity house corporation. "I want to acknowledge our appreciation for the support of the MIT administration and MIT community and the other chapters of the InterFraternity Council ever since" Mun's disappearance.
"Please keep Daniel's family, friends, the Chi Phi brothers and all who have been affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers," Bueche said.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 3, 2004.