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Obit: David W. Reed, PhD

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David W. Reed

David Wooderson Reed, 79, Bolivar, MO died of heart failure at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Parkview Healthcare Facility. Born May 7, 1921, in Bolivar, he was the youngest son of Arthur Clyde Reed Sr. and Dixie Beryl Wooderson Reed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcine D. Reed, on May 20, 1999; both his parents in 1954; and his older brothers and their wives, John Richard and Maggie Meeks Reed and Arthur Clyde Jr. "Bud" and Alexine "Sis" Cooper Reed, all of San Antonio, Texas. David attended Alamo Heights Elementary, Junior High and High School in San Antonio, Texas, and was male valedictorian of his graduating class. He then attended Southwest Baptist College, graduating as salutatorian with an A.A. degree in 1940. David married Anita Marcine Davison, daughter of Eunice Mae Standley Davison and Melvin M. Davison, on Aug. 21, 1940, in Bolivar. They had three children: Bettyann, Susan and David Alan "D.A." Reed. David earned a B.S. in education at the University of Missouri in 1942, completed his master's degree at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich., taught in Mexico, Brazil and the University of Missouri at Columbia, then returned to Ann Arbor, Mich., to complete his Ph.D. in the English language in 1948. David taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Calif., first in the English department, then the Department of Linguistics. He attained the rank of full professor in 1961. He served the university as chairman of the Department of Linguistics from 1964 to 1969. He moved to Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1970, where he again served as chairman of the linguistics department from 1971 to 1973. Davie retired from Northwestern in 1986 and returned, with Marcine, to Bolivar, where he taught for one more year as a visiting professor of English at Southwest Baptist University. In his 45 years of teaching, David taught Old and Middle English literature, Chaucer, history of the English language, linguistics and literary analysis, and English as a foreign language. He was a recognized authority on dialects of American English. At Berkeley, he founded and was the first director of the Linguistic Atlas of the Pacific Coast. In addition to his accomplishments as a teacher, David was an excellent administrator and served on many university administrative committees throughout his professional life. David edited and contributed to various professional journals, including Language Learning, Names, and American Speech. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia Britannica. In addition, he served as a consultant to the public school system of Dade County, Fla., on teaching English to bilingual children (Cuban refugees) and developing reading programs to further this goal. David received numerous professional honors and awards during his career, including a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1942-43, and University Fellowships, 1946-48, at the University of Michigan; a Fulbright Grant to teach in West Germany, 1957-58; a Life Service Award from Southwest Baptist College, 1958; and a Fellowship for the Improvement of Instruction at UC Berkeley, 1967-68. He also served on many committees and executive councils at both UC Berkeley and Northwestern University, as well as in several professional and honorary societies in his field. After their retirement and return to Bolivar in 1986, David and Marcine became charter members of the Friends of Polk County Library, and David served as a member of the board for two years. David and Marcine both enjoyed recreational travel, and they visited all 50 states and many foreign countries over the course of their lifetimes. David was originally baptized in the Christian Church in Bolivar. Later he and Marcine joined the Episcopal Church in California, and he was an active member in every parish where he was a communicant. With four other families, David and Marcine helped to found St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Bolivar. He served his church and the diocese in many ways and became the first lay preacher of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Missouri. David moved to Parkview Healthcare Facility in March 1999 when complications of his health required more care than his family could provide. David is survived by his three children, Bettyann Reed and Susan Reed, both of Bolivar, and David A. Reed of Oakland, Calif.; his daughter in spirit, Sage; six grandchildren and their spouses, Rachel Reed Dushoff Hess (Danny Hess) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Anita Marcine Reed-Hooper (Rod Hooper) of Urbana, David Charles Bird (Sheila Renee Sather Bird) of Euless, Texas, Jennifer Diane Reed of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Michael Wise Reed of San Diego, Calif., and Alexander David Reed of Oakland, Calif. He is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Sarah Marcine Reed and Mariah Nicole Reed of Urbana; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mar y Vevelle Davison Lodge of Muskogee, Okla.; two brothers-in-law, Jack Davison of New York, N.Y., and Ralph Richner of Bolivar; a second cousin, Bette Jean Killingsworth Winslow of El Prado, N.M.; and numerous other relatives of Marcine, as well as friends and colleagues worldwide. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Butler Funeral Home. The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at St. Alban's in the Ozarks Episcopal Church with Father John West as celebrant. The Rev. Ruth West and the Rev. Brenda Sickle will serve as deacons, and Lee Schmidt will serve as crucifer. Musical selections will be by the congregation with Kathy Brown as organist. Pallbearers will be David A. Reed, David Bird, Rod Hooper, Robert Richner, Gary Elliott and Richard Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Richner, Charles Neuhart, Bo Russell and John Buchholz. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Polk County Library Book Fund in memory of David W. Reed and his great love of learning.

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