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VERO BEACH, Fla.-- Pendennis White Reed, beloved husband of 42 years to Francine D. Reed, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 in Vero Beach.

Pen was born April 29, 1910 in Orange, N.J. He was the son of the late Louis F. and Virginia (White) Reed. Pen practiced as an attorney at law in New York City for many years. He was a 1927 graduate of Carteret Academy in Orange, N.J., earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1931 and law degree from Yale University in 1934.

Pen was a Legal Associate for Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, NYC from 1934 to 1941. He was the principal attorney for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C., from 1941-42. Pen served our country proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45 and was discharged as lieutenant senior grade based in Recife, Brazil, as commander Ibura Air Field. Pen had many accomplishments in life as presidents of Alumni Association Carteret Academy, 1937-1941, Bishop Manufacturing Corp., 1946-1971, Northwestern Alumni Association Princeton University, 1947-1949, Pequanoc Rubber Co., 1949-1952, Princeton University class of 1931, 1951-1956, Peters Manufacturing Co., 1952-1959, Alliance Francaise of Boston, 1971-1973 and president of the American Independence Museum.

He was a member of the 150 pound crew Princeton Letter of 1931, chairman Committee for Princeton University memorial funds, 1949-1951, member of the Princeton University Alumni Council, 1951-2006, Nominee Princeton University Trustee, 1956, Deputy Director U.S. Agency International Development in Santiago, Chile, 1961-1963, Director of the U.S. Agency International Development of Latin America and Washington, D.C., 1963, Chairman for U.S. Samica Corp., of Breitenbach, Switzerland, 1971-1984, members of the Quadrangle Club, the Mass Mayflower Society, the society of the Cincinnati New Hampshire, the Ekwanok country club, Riomar country club, the Princeton Club, N.Y., the Harvard Club of Boston, the Pine Valley Golf Club, the country club of Brookline and honorary member of Lafayette Society Paris.

Pen married Carol Cowperthwaite of Summit, N.J., in 1933 and Dr. Francine Delescluse in 1965. Besides his wife Francine, Pen is survived by his two children, Pendennis W. Reed, Jr., and Virginia “Ginger” Kent Reed Levick and her husband Doug G.G. Levick III of Princeton’s class of 1958. Son and friend of Douglas G.G. Levick Jr. who was a classmate of Princeton’s class of 1931 and also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pen is preceded in death by his parents and brother, L.F. Reed Jr. Memorial contributions may be made in Pen’s memory to the Community Church, 1901 23rd St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.

A Celebration of Pen’s life will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Church in Vero Beach. Following the service everybody is invited to a reception at the Mooring’s Club in Vero Beach where his family can greet you in a more personal way. Pen’s arrangements have been entrusted to Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, Fla.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 26, 2008
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