Buhler, Carr, Kapsch retire
Three distinguished members of Reed’s faculty retired this year and were celebrated during Reed’s Reunions weekend.
Joe Buhler ’72
Joe Buhler ’72 received his B.A. from Reed, in mathematics and physics, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1977, with a focus on algebra and number theory—the study of finite extensions into rational numbers. He taught at Pennsylvania State University before joining the Reed faculty in 1980; he was appointed professor of mathematics in 1991. Buhler has been recognized as one of the world leaders in computational algebraic number theory, and has also worked in algebra, cryptology, combinatorics, computing, geometry, and signal processing. He is an accomplished juggler, and introduced juggling classes into the physical education curriculum at Reed. According to Buhler, the connection between juggling and mathematics is readily acknowledged, for “it demands a talent for manipulating, inventing, and experimenting.” He was appointed deputy director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California (1991–2001), and was researcher in residence there for the 1986–87 academic year. Buhler is now working as director of the Centre for Communications Research in San Diego.
Cara Carr worked part-time at Reed, beginning in 1975, before becoming a full-time director of costuming in 1989. She was also a part-time instructor in design, and taught courses in pattern drafting, costume, make-up, and design. Carr received a B.F.A. in dance theatre from the University of Utah in 1967, and an M.A. in theatre design from Idaho State University in 1975. She was a professional ballet dancer with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, earning soloist status in 1967. At the Reunions luncheon, Kathleen Worley, professor of theatre, described Carr as having a quiet sense of humor and a lot of patience. Her costume shop was an energetic and supportive environment, where the “impossible” was achieved using the “minimal”—costumes were creative, perfectly suited to each character in a production, and also perfectly operational.
Steve Kapsch, professor of political science and director of Reed’s Public Policy Workshop, came to Reed in 1974 from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1971. Kapsch taught constitutional law, civil rights, and policy analysis. As director of Reed’s Public Policy Workshop, he was principal investigator for Portland’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative (STACS) through the National Institute of Justice, evaluating problems and devising intervention strategies, involving social control through civil forfeiture and youth gun violence. Kapsch helped develop Reed’s international and comparative policy research and was a curriculum member of the education policy committee. Kapsch was a senior Fulbright fellow in Slovenia (1994–95) and in Germany (2001–02). At the Reunions luncheon, Peter Steinberger, dean of faculty, commented that the overriding theme of Kapsch’s career at Reed was his exemplary integrity. He was “scrupulous, careful, profoundly honest,” and had a “deep love for Reed and a powerful sense of justice.” Kapsch responded that Reed is a distinctive academic setting because of the willingness of its students to take learning seriously, to challenge faculty, and to work hard.