John Squires Reed Ii
1949 - 2021
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY
Funeral service
Jul, 24 2021
Highland Presbyterian Church
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John Squires Reed, II

Louisville - John Squires Reed II died on July 9, 2021, surrounded by family after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born March 20, 1949 in Frankfort to Mary O'Hara and John Squires Reed, he was an Eagle Scout and swam for Franklin County High School, where he graduated Valedictorian in 1967. At the University of Kentucky, he majored in political science, lettered in swimming, played water polo, participated in ROTC and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. John earned his law degree from the University of Virginia (1974) where a random good deed, helping a fellow student he did not know move into her apartment, led to a party invitation the next week, a party where he met Nancy Claire Battles, a young college student from New Jersey. Nancy and John were married in December 1973 and returned to Kentucky in 1974 following a brief stint at Fort Gordon, Georgia for John's basic training as a military police officer.

John began his distinguished law practice at Greenebaum Doll Matthews & Boone (later Greenebaum Doll & McDonald), becoming a partner before leaving in 1987 to be a founding partner of Hirn Reed Harper & Eisinger (later Hirn Reed Doheny) and then Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice in 1997, the firm from which he retired in 2018. Through the years he mentored, with kindness and constant support, many young attorneys who went on to establish their own successful law practices and careers on the state and federal bench. John held himself and those around him to the highest professional standards and was ever devoted to his many clients, local, national and international. He earned the profession's highest rating (AV Preeminent), was recognized by several leading publications as a "super lawyer" and was a longtime member of The Law Club. John served as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and gave back to his profession through years of service to the Louisville Bar Association ( President 1992).

Service and leadership were a constant thread in John's life. He was on the governing boards of Leadership Louisville, National Association for Community Leadership (Chairman 1991), Center for Interfaith Relations, Leadership USA, Inc. (Chairman 1997), Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville, and Louisville Collegiate School (nine years). He was a Kentucky Colonel, a Bingham Fellow (2005) and ordained as an elder at Highland Presbyterian Church, where he served for many years. An avid sportsman, John belonged to the Louisville Boat Club, Valhalla and Churchill Downs Turf Club. The latter gave him the opportunity to be an enthusiastic supporter and ambassador for Kentucky thoroughbred racing.

Family and friends were John's true focus. A talented photographer, John spent over 25 years as the unofficial photographer for his children's sports activities and theatrical performances, including the Louisville Boat Club and Lakeside swim teams, Collegiate field hockey, soccer and lacrosse, Manual field hockey, and Centre College lacrosse. He rarely missed a game day or performance for Ali or Jay. John easily made and faithfully kept friends, maintaining correspondence with his friends from high school, professional and civic involvement, as well as interesting people he met in his travels over the years. He was proud of his Irish heritage, shared with Nancy, and he relished their regular trips to Ireland. John loved a good conversation on a wide variety of topics and in later years would email friends articles and book reviews he thought they would find of interest. Wit and laughter were always part of any time you spent with John.

John is survived by Nancy, his wife of 47 years, their children Ali and Jay (partner Meg) and his brother, Jim (Mary).

Visitation will be at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, Friday, July 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 with the funeral service at Highland Presbyterian Church, Saturday, July 24,2021 at 11:00. Masks are required at the church. Interment at Cave Hill will be private.

The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers and staff from Home Instead and Hosparus of Louisville for the care and support they provided. In keeping with John's life, he has donated his brain for research at the Mayo Clinic where he was treated for PSP. Memorial donations can be made to the Leadership Louisville Foundation, Center for Interfaith Relations or Highland Presbyterian Church.

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Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, KY
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Highland Presbyterian Church
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Nancy, Just heard abt John´s death. He was a great friend for many years through NACLO, Community Leadership, Leadership USA and of course golf. He was a true leader and friend to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him....and we especially enjoyed the golf outings. I exrend to you and family my deepest sympathy. Bob Hatcher
Bob Hatcher
July 22, 2021
For you, Nancy, and to Jay and Ali...It is the loss of such a good person that is sad! You are all feeling that loss most personally. John was such a good person who did so much good for his community and nationally in terms of leadership development programs and thinking. Those of us involved in that work respected and loved John for his thoughtful contributions to creating community Leadership Programs around the US and supporting the program in Louisville. None of us can say enough good things about John but we will try. I KNOW He loved all of you and cherished his time with you. He was a trusted contributor to creating and supporting community leadership both locally and around the US...John was a living, breathing example of leadership and he was so proud of all of you in his family. I am sure you will treasure the many loving and kind things folks will say about how he loved and supported so many people starting with all of you! I will keep you all in my prayers...and I will continue to cherish John for the great work nationally and in Louisville and for his love of all of you!
Jim Maloney
July 22, 2021
Maria & Jim White
July 21, 2021
Sending lots of love to Nancy and John's family, he was such a wonderful soul and I am grateful to have met and worked with him through the Leadership Louisville Center. He had so much passion for the betterment of our community and building a strong future generation of leaders. I enjoyed his laughter, smile, and great ideas, I know that we are all better for having known him. May you all be comforted in your grief and find joy in your memories.
Holly Prather
July 19, 2021
Ewa and Grzegorz Kubicki
July 18, 2021
John's friendship over the years will be remembered and treasured. His kindness, big heart and huge smile will linger. Rest in peace, my friend.
Peggy Bryant
July 18, 2021
Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to learn of your husband´s death. Although I have been retired for many years, my thoughts often return to the friends I made during my working years. Please know that John, you and your children will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care. Your olde OIG friend, Mike
Michael G. Riedinger
July 18, 2021
I am saddened, this morning, to learn of John Reed's passing. We've lost, yet another, legal giant of the bar and the community at large. I have great admiration for John and his life's accomplishment -- truly in the Ancient Greek philosophical tradition - of leaving your city better than it was when you received it. It was an honor to have known John and his intrepid determination to succeed in life despite his disease's limitations. Rest in Peace, John, for a life well led and a host of your accomplishments
J. Bruce Miller
July 16, 2021
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