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Dr. Paull Shin 1935-2021


Last updated 4/22/2021 at 2:20pm

Dr. Paull H. Shin, who served in the 21st Legislative District for many years, died peacefully in his home April 12, 2021. He and his family have been residents of Edmonds since 1968.

Dr. Shin was the first Korean American elected to the Washington state legislature, where he served for 18 years. He was born in Korea in 1935. He lost his family at an early age and survived, often begging for food on the streets of Seoul until the outbreak of the Korean war in 1950, at which point he became a houseboy for a group of U.S. Army officers.

In 1954, one of them, a dentist named Dr. Ray Paull, ad...

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