Clyde Howard Reed, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Alta Vista Hospital just short of his 89th birthday.
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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.
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 Kentucky on May 1, 1944 then deployed to Europe October 14, 1944.
After returning home and leaving the service November 18, 1945, he and Gladys moved back to Salt Lake City where he returned to college. Clyde earned his bachelors of science degree June 14, 1949, his master's of science degree Aug. 14, 1950, and his doctor of philosophy in physics degree June 6, 1960, all from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. His family had moved to Los Alamos, whereupon Clyde finished his Ph.D. from Utah jointly with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He was employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory from the early 1950s until 1980 as a high-energy particle physicist. He then left science and retired in Taos, where he taught part-time for the University of New Mexico extension program. In the early 1990s he moved to Las Vegas where he also taught briefly for 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 Khayyám, 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 Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 29, 2013