Clyde Howard Reed, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico, passed away Feb. 21, 2013 at Alta Vista Hospital just short of his 89th birthday. Clyde was born April 8, 1924 to Ann Eliza Seal Reed and George Washington Reed in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was one of four brothers raised by Ann Reed, as their father left the family at an early age.
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Soon after entering college he left on April 6, 1943 to join the army and serve his country during World War II. He married Gladys Bowman from Ky. on May 1, 1944 then deployed to Europe Oct. 14, 1944. After returning home and leaving the service Nov. 18, 1945, he and Gladys moved back to Salt Lake City where he returned to college. Clyde earned his bachelor's degree in science June 14, 1949, his master's degree in science August 14, 1950, and his doctorate of philosophy in physics June 6, 1960 all from the University of Utah.
His family had moved to Los Alamos whereupon Clyde finished his PhD from Utah jointly with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was employed by the LANL from the early 1950's until 1980 as a high-energy particle physicist. He then left science and retired in Taos, New Mexico, where he taught part-time for the University of New Mexico extension program. In the early 1990's he moved to Las Vegas, New Mexico where he also taught briefly for the New Mexico Highlands University before transitioning to full-time retirement.
During his youth he was an avid soccer and tennis player, but as an adult found most enjoyment in the sport of hand-ball. In later years cross-country skiing and hiking became his major outdoor interests.
He was an avid reader, and always a philosopher at heart. After leaving science, he devoted significant interest in the writings and teachings of Omar Khayy?m, but in particular those of Jiddu Krishnamurti. A dedicated scientist in his early years and a philosopher in his later years, he always was interested in the struggles and challenges of those younger than he, was a thoughtful and generous person to those in need, and developed a deep love for his feline companions that shared his home during his final years.
He was preceded in death by brothers George Reed and Richard Reed both of Salt Lake City, Utah, and his former wife Gladys B. Reed of Los Alamos. He is survived by his brother Charles Reed and his wife Beverly Reed; brother Richard Reed's wife Tony Reed; many beloved nieces and nephews; all current or former residents of Salt Lake City; and by his son Brent Clyde Reed, daughter-in-Law Jeanne Marie Reed, and grandson Jason Brent Reed all of Shreveport, La.
His family wishes to express their appreciation to those that touched his life in friendship during our family's residence in Los Alamos, during his stay in Taos, and in particular to those that helped him during his final years in Las Vegas. His family will miss his love and advice as a father, grandfather, and friend.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Mar. 29 to Apr. 2, 2013