Long-time Nevada Judge Passes


U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed Jr. passed away Saturday, June 1st of natural causes. He was 88 years old and a native Nevadan.

Appointed in 1979 to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada, Reed became a nationally known water rights litigator during his career as an attorney in Reno. Before becoming an attorney, he served honorably in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army both in the Europe and the Philippines and. He found himself captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Germany in 1945.

After the war, Reed returned to school,  graduating from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1949 and then from Harvard Law School in 1952. While there he met Sally Torrance at Wellesley College and the two married June 14th, 1952 in Jamestown, New York.

He was also a championship tennis player in Nevada and won the Reno City Singles Championship in 1951, 1958 and 1959.  Reed was also an all-state basketball player at Reno High School and the University of Nevada.

Because of his many years serving as President and a member of the Washoe County School Board, Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, is named for him.

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