Renée Chung Obituary

Renée Chung Obituary : Cathedral School Director Of Admissions & Former Spence School Associate Director Of Admissions

Director of Admissions at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine (; Renée Chung. A life greatly admired by all who knew her.

Renée Chung attended the Trinity School on NYC’s Upper West Side ( becoming a 2001 graduate before Amherst College where she graduated in the class of 2005. At Amherst College Renée found a great deal of friends. Afterwards she would become a Recruitment Coordinator & Assistant to the Director of Admissions at Prep for Prep | Preparing Students to Become Ethical and Effective Leaders. Then Director of Operations at KIPP NYC. Then becoming Director of Diversity at the West Village Private Elementary Schools – Independent Middle School, Kindergarten | Village Community School (

Eventually, serving at the The Spence School | A Private K-12 All-Girls’ School in Manhattan as the Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid. Then after Spence she took on another challenge as Director Of Admissions at Cathedral.

Renée joined the Alumni Board of the Trinity School. And on her Linkedin profile had this written as her “About” section:

“I am passionate about equitable and inclusive schools, my work focuses on recruiting and retaining families aligned with Cathedral’s mission to support students in becoming “articulate, confident, and responsible citizens of the world through rigorous academics, innovative approaches to learning, and the nurturing of their aspirations in a diverse community of all faiths”. I am particularly invested in helping families who have not historically considered independent schools because of structural, cultural and/or financial barriers.”

The Trinity School released the following statement to alumni:

“Since graduating from Trinity in the spring of 2001, Renée remained an active and integral member of our community. Whether volunteering to help with current students, assisting the school with a search, co-chairing our Prep for Prep Anniversary event, serving on our Reunion, Women’s Event, and Diversity Committees, or in her current role as Alumni Association Vice-President, Renee was always willing to raise a hand and lend her voice, talent, and support to whatever opportunity arose. Her enthusiasm, kindness, and leadership in every role she held will be missed dearly by all who knew her, both at Trinity and beyond the halls of 91st Street. As details of a memorial and other opportunities to remember our dear friend emerge, we will be sure to share them with all of you. 

Let us hold Renée, her beloved husband Vinson Cunningham, her dear mother Alphesena Chung, and all her family and many friends in our prayers and meditations.”

Trinity School classmate Dr. Hallie Friedman told us:

“To date, Renée is one of the loveliest individuals I have known. I was so happy to see her at our school reunion last May. Where I had the pleasure of meeting her husband and spending time with her. It was so special that we just picked up where we had left off in high school. Always easy and comfortable and fun:) We subsequently connected shortly thereafter in a professional context, which was really a privilege. Renée was so many wonderful things. Kind, smart, funny, honest, respectful; she was a true lady, and a friend of all. I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity to connect again and share time. She will be very missed.”

Amherst College classmate Valentin Gordon Freud told us:

“At Amherst I remember how she was always very approachable. And she was just like that picture, she was always smiling. She wasn’t standoffish. A loving person. We would have smile-off’s.”

Renee Chung – Brooklyn, New York , Andrew Torregrossa & Sons Inc. Funeral Homes – Memories wall (

A funeral service will be held for Renee Chung ’01. Thursday, March 2nd from 3-8pm at the Andrew Torregrossa & Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY.


Renée Chung Cathedral School Director Of Admissions & Former Spence School Associate Director Of Admissions

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