WILLIAM "BILL" REED William Corwin Reed, of Chico, died peacefully at Enloe hospital, surrounded by his family on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, following a brief illness. Born on May 12, 1934 in Minneapolis, Bill was the only child born to William and Helen Reed. His childhood was simple, quiet and purposeful. It was in this environment he developed his intellectual curiosity and a lifelong appreciation of art and music . Bill left Minneapolis to attend Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he spent two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army as a medic. He retuned to Minneapolis to complete his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota. It was during medical school, where he would meet his future wife, a charge nurse, Elizabeth "Betty" Nyberg. Bill and Betty married in June of 1960, following his first year of medical school. Upon graduating, they moved to San Jose, California, where he had accepted an internship at Santa Clara County Hospital (now Valley Medical Center). Upon completion of his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bill moved to Chico and began his practice in partnership with Dr. Jerry Weinbaum. In 32 years of practice as a physician and surgeon, Bill had several working partnerships with doctors and nurse-midwives through Chico Medical Group and Sutter North Medical Foundation, and served as Chief of Staff at Enloe Hospital. "Dr. Reed" was loved and respected for his quiet, steadfast demeanor, dry humor and brilliant caesarian incisions. A highlight of his career was the prenatal care and delivery of Enloe's only quadruplets. Upon retiring in 1999, Bill remained active in both medicine and music. He served on the Ethics Committee at Enloe, as well as the Butte-Glenn Fetal Infant Mortality Case Review Team. He also continued to enjoy playing his trumpet in the Chico Community Band, Paradise Community Band, and the Resurrection Brass and Jazz bands at Faith Lutheran Church. Bill was a devoted and loving husband and father, preceded in death last July by Elizabeth, his wife of 52 years. In addition to the many lives he touched, Bill is survived by his sons, John, Tom (Katy); daughter, Susan, and four grandchildren, Kierstyn, Henry, Betsy and Charley. A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. 1st Ave, on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A light lunch reception in the Parish Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shalom Free Clinic, 1190 E. 1st Ave, Chico, CA 95926.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 29, 2013