John Martin Reed ’55

Sadly, we must announce that Dr. John M. Reed died on Sunday March 13, 2016 at the age of 81. He was surrounded by many loved ones and succumbed to a long illness.

He is survived by Dawn, his wife of 59 years, his children; Dr. J. Brian Reed (Phyllis), David F. Reed (Wendy Maxam), and Linda Reed Liske (Arick), his grandchildren; Giovanna Reed McDanel (Tyler), Audrey E. Reed, Claire I. Liske and Adam R. Liske, his sister; Martha Reed Collins (Tom); his nephew, Stephen Reed Collins (Robin); his niece, Katherine C. Davis (Tom); four cousins, and six great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Reed was born in Little Rock, AR in 1934 and grew up in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Davidson College, Duke University Medical School, and completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery at both the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

He was drafted into the U.S. Public Health Service from 1962 to 1966 and served more than a year during the Vietnam War as a surgeon in a provincial hospital in Nha Trang, South Vietnam. After returning to the United States, he brought the family to Sacramento and started his private practice in General Surgery, which he maintained for over 30 years.

He cared deeply for his patients and his craft. Dr. Reed was certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and belonged to numerous other medical societies.

He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at American River Hospital in Carmichael, and a Senior Staff Surgeon at Mercy San Juan Hospital. Dr. Reed loved life and great conversation on all topics, a skill which he avidly cultivated with his friends and family.

He pursued his many interests with intensity and joy, among them; translating ancient Greek texts, all sorts of sports and exercise, oil painting, archery, juggling, ballroom dancing, horseback riding, play writing, and his dog, Andy. But most of all, he loved his family. He will be loved and remembered forever.

We wish to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy San Juan Hospital for their kindness and care during his extended illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 9560, or The Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 B Gibbons Dr., Carmichael, CA 95608.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 from 4 to 7 PM at the Arden Hills Club and Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento, CA 95864.


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