SUDBURY, Mass. – Dr. Homer Reed passed away peacefully on April 20, 2022 at Newton Wellesley Hospital during a brief illness.
He was born in Hays, Kansas on January 30, 1930, the youngest child of Homer B. Reed and Elma Carey Reed.
Dr. Reed was the beloved father of Lynne Reed of Leicester, NC, John Reed and his wife Beth Webb Reed of Holmes Beach, FL, Alexandra Reed and her husband WulfdieterKlemm of Glendale, CA and Mark Reed of San Francisco, CA. He is also the beloved grandfather of Carey Pettaway of Leicester, North Carolina, Lauren Reed of Washington, DC and Mathew Reed of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by his nephew Patrick Reed of New York and 20 (estimated) other nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother James Reed, his ex-wife Dorothy Reed and his sisters Mary Elizabeth Seruto, Kathryn Daughaday, Margaret Schwein and Anne Jansen.
Dr. Reed grew up in Hays, Kansas, where his father was a professor of psychology at Fort Hays State College and his mother was an avid antique collector and part-time antique dealer in addition to being a homemaker. He was a gifted child who was frequently invited to participate in studies or experiments in psychology, and he graduated from high school at the age of 16. He went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ft. Hays, then entered Purdue University’s psychology doctoral program and earned his doctorate. in 1955.
Dr. Reed was on the faculty at Florida State University from 1956 to 1960, but he spent two summers learning neuropsychology from Dr. Ralph Reitan at Indiana University Medical Center, and it became his passion. He obtained a professorship at IU in 1960 and worked with Dr. Reitan until 1966. He was then recruited to develop a neuropsychology service at Tuft’s New England Medical Center, and he led their neuropsychology program until in 1997. Thereafter, he worked privately as President of Medical Psychology Associates until 2006, and thereafter continued to work part-time in the practice of his colleague, Dr. Allan Rooney , until January 2020. He has trained and mentored postdoctoral fellows throughout his career, conducted research, particularly in pediatric neuropsychology, and he has authored or co-authored 29 articles published in professional journals.
Outside of his professional life, Dr. Reed was a competitive bridge player who most often teamed up with his brother James at tournaments. He also enjoyed fly fishing, was a voracious reader of professional books and philosophy to westerns and mysteries, and was known for his often mischievous sense of humor.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road, Wayland, MA. (Open to the public)
Funeral services will be Friday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick, MA. (Open to the public)
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in memory of Dr. Reed may be sent to the Homer B. Reed Fund, c/o Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, PO Box 310, Hays, KS 67601, or online at www.dsnwk. org.
For condolences, please visit www.jcbryantfuneralhome.com.