Public Service Set for Saturday for Reed High School Namesake

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UPDATE: A public service is set for Saturday, June 15 at Reed High School in the gymnasium at 11AM.


RENO, NV – U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed Jr. has died at the age of 88 of natural causes, according to a news release.

The native Nevadan was appointed by President Carter in 1979 to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada, and was serving as a senior member of the court when he died.

Reed High School in Sparks was named for him because of his many distinguished years serving as a president and member of the Washoe County School Board.

Reed served honorably in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre and in the Philippines. He was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Germany in 1945. He graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1949. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1952.

Judge Reed was considered a nationally known water rights litigator during his career as an attorney in Reno. He was a championship tennis player in Nevada and won the Reno City Singles Championship in 1951, 1958 and 1959. Judge Reed was also an all-state basketball player at Reno High School and the University of Nevada.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walton’s Reno.

Edward C. Reed/Courtesy Mary Reed Leon
Edward C. Reed/Courtesy Mary Reed Leon