In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we reflect upon the life of Andy Chun Song, the 2008 Milton E. Proby Inductee. An influential and highly respected Asian American community leader, Song moved to Colorado Springs in 1985 from Baltimore, where he had settled after four years of service in the South Korean Air Force. Through the establishment of a successful real estate development career, Song ensured that small business owners of all backgrounds and ethnicities had the opportunity to acquire business space and have the right tools to succeed in Colorado Springs.
Outside of work, Song served as President of both the Korean Catholic Church Parish and the Korean Chamber of Commerce, and he directed the Korean Language School in downtown Colorado Springs. Song also spent time as a volunteer Korean language interpreter for the Colorado Springs Police Department and served as a member of the Chancellor’s Minority Advisory Committee at UCCS. Song passed away suddenly on November 5, 2007, from a heart attack. In 2008, he was the first Asian American inductee to El Pomar’s Milton E. Proby Cultural Heritage Room. When more than 200 people gathered for the induction ceremony, the event had to be moved from the Penrose House to the larger Garden Pavilion space in order to accommodate all those who wished to honor Song’s life and work, which touched areas as diverse as religion, education, real estate, and law enforcement in the Pikes Peak Region. The legacy of Andy Chun Song lives on in Colorado Springs and is a part of the rich Asian-American heritage of Southern Colorado.