Carl Wesley Judy (Korean name 주덕), who made great contributions to medical missionary work in Korea from 1948 until his retirement in 1983, established the endowment for Korean studies and collection at Duke University libraries in 1993. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 10, 1918, the son of Walter M. and Daisy Bransford Judy. He was the fourth of five children. He grew up in Charleston, helped his dad, who was a carpenter, joined A. J. Humphreys Memorial Methodist Church, and graduated from Charleston High School. He graduated from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) in 1940 with an A.B. degree and from the Divinity School of Duke University in 1943 with a B.D. degree. Morris Harvey College awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1966.
While serving as a missionary in Korea with his wife, Margaret Brannon Judy, he established Wonju Union Christian Hospital, currently Yonsei University Wonju Severance Hospital, in 1959 with Dr. Florence Jessie Murray. He spent many years working with the leper village called Kyungchonwon Leper Colony (경천원) in Wonju and devoted himself to serving lepers. He also provided scholarships to high school and graduate students and helped Korean pastors build or establish over 200 churches while devoting himself as a missionary in Korea for 35 years.
This libguide is a collection of resources donated by Carl W. Judy when he established the Judy Endowment at the Duke University Libraries, and also includes books donated by other missionaries such as Lyman Coy Brannon (Korean name 부라만, or 브라만), Margaret Brannon Judy (Korean name 주진주), Jack Aebersold (Korean name 이요한), and Roberta Rice (Korean name 나옥자), who worked with Carl W. Judy.
Currently, this libguide includes only some of the donated books, and the remaining books will be updated later.
Carl Wesley Judy
This blog post by Miree Ku, Korean Studies Librarian, is the first in a series devoted to stories about American missionaries in Korea from Duke’s Korean collection and archives.