Posted on: May 30, 2017
Dr. Josiah Frederick Reed, Jr. passed away at his home on May 24, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josiah Frederick Reed, Sr. and Anna Duncan Wills Reed, and his wife Tamara Eugenia Reed. He is survived by his son John (Michelle) Reed of Auburn, daughter Beth Reed of Orange Beach, special companion Marguerite Wood, sister Jane Pope of Harrisburg, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jess was born in Harrisburg, PA on September 21, 1924. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital and entered the Air Force as a flight surgeon, transferring to Maxwell Air Force Base as Chief of the Urology Service from 1956-1959. He returned to Harrisburg as Chief of Urology at Polyclinic Hospital, before moving back to Montgomery in 1971, serving as one of the founding partners of Montgomery Urology until his retirement in 1996.
During this time, he remained active in the military, attaining the rank of Colonel before his retirement from the Air Force Reserve in 1980. Jess was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service as Wing Surgeon and Hospital Commander, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Suwon, Korea and was recognized as the Commander, USAF (Reserve) Outstanding Organic Medical Unit (1976) and as the USAF (Reserve) Aerospace Medicine Physician of the Year (1976).
In 1985, Jess founded the Montgomery Rehabilitation Hospital, serving as the first Medical Director, Chief of the Medical Staff, and as a member of the active staff. He has held numerous hospital and teaching appointments throughout his career and has belonged to a plethora of medical societies, receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the American Urological Association in 1993 and established the Ambrose-Reed Socioeconomic Lecture Award with the Southeast Section of the AUA.
Upon his retirement, Jess obtained his Coast Guard captain license and explored the southeast in his Grady-White. He also enjoyed offshore fishing with his family and playing golf with his wife, Jeanne. He remained active in Rotary and looked forward to the monthly meetings of the Leon Loard Lunch Bunch.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Jess to Rotary International (866-976-8279) or Virginia Military Institute Foundation (540-464-7230).