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Carleton L. Reed

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Carleton Reed, 92, of North Hoosick, died peacefully at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Dec. 5, 2005.

At the time of his death, Dr. Reed was professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was born on July 24, 1913, to Arthur and Mabel Andrews Reed. His older brothers, Forrest and Arnold, predeceased him.

Following graduation from Walter A. Wood High School, he earned a diploma from the art school at Pratt Institute, a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from New York University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from New York University. He married Brita Ohberg, a native of Sweden, on Dec. 27, 1937, at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City.

Physically active in his youth, Reed was a junior champion in tennis at the Hoosick Falls Country Club, played soccer and ice hockey, and enjoyed roaming the west hills. He continued these pursuits for many years as an intercollegiate soccer player, coach and referee. In retirement he advised and supported the Hoosick Falls High School soccer team.

Reed authored several books on art education and numerous articles in professional journals. Over a long career he taught and/or lectured at various universities including: Arizona State University, Elmira College, Pratt Institute, State University of New York at New Paltz, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York University, Syracuse University, National College of Art in Dublin and Crawford School of Cork. He was named teacher of the year in Massachusetts, and by the Eastern Art Association.

Reed was granted a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and a New York University Founder’s Day award for outstanding academic achievement.

Reed served on the board of directors of the Aloha Foundation, the Mary Lane Hospital, the Mary McClellan Hospital and foundation, and the vestries of several Episcopal churches, including St. Mark’s.

In addition to teaching, Reed was both a commercial and fine artist. He was awarded numerous prizes for painting in national juries show and exhibited in the American Watercolor Society, Concord Museum, Springfield Art League, Rochester Memorial Gallery, Silvermine Guild Show and Elmira Arnot Gallery.

A World War II veteran, Reed was awarded the Bronze Star in action behind German lines in a night raid at Rothbach, Alsace, in 1945.

Dr. Reed is survived by his wife, Brita; her daughter, Stina and her husband, Karl Moehrke, of Eagle Bridge; a son, Carl Reed of Woodland Park, Colo.; grandchildren, David, Bina, Gustav and Brita; a great-grandchild, Tyler; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where family friend the Rev. Joel Miller will read the burial office. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. for visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the organ fund at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 7, 2005
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