Those of us, who came to Tex-Mex in the late 1940s, found an institution with only basic necessities but staffed by extraordinary people. It was there that I met Perry Reed, whose influence has followed me all of my life.
Most of us came from poor families and were lacking in confidence and were uncertain about the direction of our lives. Mr. Reed accepted each of us as individuals of value. He was never condescending or judgmental. He never raised his voice.
He taught English to those of us who knew only Spanish. At the same time, he gave us a love of reading and an appreciation for books. He motivated us to read and study hard without our realizing that he was helping us find purpose and direction for our lives.
I will always remember his kindness, he was an excelent teacher.
Condolences to the Reed family.
I have never met anyone with his dedication and his quiet passive demeaner that we all appreciated so much. I worked with him 23 years and he was a pleasure to work with because if you had a question for him he always went to check his records to make sure he gave you the correct information...I can picture him looking through his filing cabinet with his fingers, until he'd find the one he was looking for. I will forever have him in my thoughts with fond memories.
He was one of the great influences in my life. Classes and talks with him about British literature led me to a life long relationship with my second home,England. I will miss corresponding with him for forty years. God bless you dear one. Shirley Sanchez Fish class of 1962