F.C.’s Soo Young Whitaker-Frevert Dies After Lengthy Illness

Soo Young Whitaker-Frevert (nee Soo Young Lim), 82, died at the Virginia Hospital Center on Aug. 17, 2013, of complications resulting from a stroke suffered in 2012.

Born in China of Korean parents, Whitaker-Frevert graduated from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1955. She came to the U.S. in 1962 withher late husband, Donald Whitaker, and settled in the greater Falls Church area. She graduated from the Ardis School of Fashion Design in Washington, D.C. in 1966 and opened a business, Soo Young Lim Fashions in 1968. In 1985, she completed a Certificate Program with The Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Located in the 800 block of W. Broad Street for 30 years, Soo Young Lim Fashions offered quality custom tailoring and design of ladies clothing, formals and wedding dresses. Whitaker-Frevert also founded and ran the Soo Young Lim School of Fashion Designing. She retired from both businesses in 2005, but continued teaching fashion alteration and design at the Vocational School of Korean-American Association of Virginia. Whitaker-Frevert was also very active in the Korean Community beginning in 1967. She remained active until recently in the Washington Korean Women’s Society, which she had founded in 1982.

Survivors include her husband, Edward C. Frevert; daughter, Diana (Whitaker) Menezes; son, Mark Whitaker; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.