News of the College May 2004

The missing bio Buddha

Can you tell me if the statue that my friend and I left when we were students in the biology department’s greenhouse is still there?” That rather unusual request came into the annual fund office from Barbara Searle Kim ’86 and (now husband) Daniel Youngho Kim ’83, and began the search for a three-inch Buddha that was left nestled beneath a jade plant more than 20 years ago.

buddha in plant

buddha statueThe search was complicated by the recent remodel of the biology building, which took much of the building down to its studs. However, associate professor biology Keith Karoly vaguely recalled seeing the small statue. He contacted lab and stockroom manager Kristine Gunter, who said as soon as he began describing it, she knew she had the “bio Buddha.” It was tucked in a stockroom bookshelf and had survived its decades at Reed and the recent remodel mostly intact. Said Kristine, “We find plastic dinosaurs and all sorts of things in the greenhouse regularly, but he was just too special to toss.”

Barbara Kim was happy to learn the statue is still at Reed. “Now, we hope he gets to go home to the greenhouse.” End of Article


Reed Magazine August 2004