The man from whom Reed High School is named for spent the majority of his life in the Reno-Sparks area working his way from local attorney all the way to Nevada District Court Judge.
Reed was much more than the name plastered on the school’s front lawn sign, he was one of its biggest supporters. Former Reed High Principal Tim Griffin said Reed could always be spotted courtside or up in the bleachers at sporting events.
“He was a giant of a man,” Griffin said Monday. “He was one of the finest people I have ever worked with. He was polite, humble — and really he was something else.”
Griffin remembers one of Reed’s favorite school events was Homecoming, and though he, in a sense, had a lifetime pass to all the games he refused to come in for free.
“He is the kind of guy who stands in the rain to buy a ticket,” Griffin said. “He was always there and he did an awful lot to help the school in a variety of ways. The school certainly honors him and they made a great choice.”
Reed graduated from Reno High School in 1942 before enlisting in the United States Army where he fought in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the E.T.O. and the South Pacific. He escaped containment as a prisoner of war in Germany in 1945 and returned home to attain his college education at the University of Nevada in 1949. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1952.
Reed's career began as an attorney on the east coast before returning to Nevada where he eventually became a partner at a Reno law firm. As he worked his way up he served on the Washoe County School District Board from 1956-1972.
Reed was appointed to the United States District Court in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. He rose through the ranks becoming Chief Judge in 1986 and assumed the role of Senior District Judge until his passing.
Reed High School will hold a memorial at 11 a.m. on June 15 in the gym.