Dr. Daniel Kim, Coppin professor, dies

September 11, 1992

Dr. Daniel Kim, a Coppin State professor and international peace activist, died at Maryland General Hospital Saturday of a heart attack.

A memorial service for the 67-year-old Reservoir Hill resident is scheduled for noon today in the Johnson Auditorium Building at Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave.

He was a professor of sociology at the college, having joined the faculty in 1962, and was second in faculty tenure there.

He was born in Wonson, North Korea, where his father was a resistance fighter during the Japanese occupation.

After attending schools in Wonson, he fled to South Korea during the Korean War.

He received his bachelor's degree in social science from the Kyung Hez University in Seoul in 1954. He received a master's degree in education from Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth in 1956.

He continued his education at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, also in Forth Worth, Texas, where he received a bachelor's of divinity degree in 1957 and was ordained a Baptist minister.

He began graduate sociology studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1966, the same year he became a U.S. citizen.

During his long teaching career at Coppin, he chaired the social sciences division for six years and later was the founding chairperson of the social sciences department, serving another six years in that capacity. He was a founding member of the Coppin State College Federation of Teachers Union, Local 2036, AFL-CIO, and served as president in 1970.

However, it was Dr. Kim's love for his homeland that caused him to become an activist for Korean unification. He was the first vice chairperson of the Washington Association of Koreans for Unification.

In 1979, he embarked on a perilous visit to North Korea to pursue the issue of the unification of the two Koreas. During the visit, he was able to find relatives with whom he had not communicated with since fleeing.

He was a founding member of the Korean Society of Greater Baltimore.

While his peace work brought him many invitations to speak throughout the world, Dr. Kim did not neglect his own surroundings. He and his wife, the former Ruth Carnahan, whom married in 1964, renovated several Reservoir Hill homes in the 1970s with the idea that they could be rented to low-income families and individuals. Frustrated by the city bureaucracy, they eventually abandoned this effort.

Dr. Kim founded the Odong Ridge Montessori School in Woodlawn in 1978.

"Dan chose to name the school after the Odong tree which is native to China," said Mrs. Kim. "The strong roots of the Odong tree are put down early in its life, and then it is prepared to $H weather the storms of life.

"He thought if he could influence children early enough in their development, they would be better able to weather the storms of their lives."

In his idle moments, Dr. Kim enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Hanya Marie Kim of New York; two sons, Myung Sun and Myung Nam of Seoul; a stepdaughter, Pamela Acher of Baltimore; a brother, Timothy Kim of Baltimore; a sister, Hye Eun Kim of Wonson; two nieces, Myoung Ouk Kim and Grace Kim of Baltimore; and a nephew, Eugene Kim of Baltimore.

The family suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel Kim Scholarship Fund, Coppin State College Social Sciences Department, 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21216.

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