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In Memoriam: Vern Reed

Saturday, December 31, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jackie Roth on behalf of the Akron Chapter

The Akron Canton chapter lost its last charter member on November 2, 2011 with the passing of Vern Reed. An accountant at Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Vern found his interests mirrored in the newly formed National Machine Accountants Association (predecessor to DPMA and AITP) which he joined in 1956. A mere six years later, he was elected chapter president. Working his way up the organizational ranks, Vern eventually became an International Director and in 1986 was awarded lifetime Emeritus membership for his many years of service.

A WW II verteran, Vern is remembered for his military bearing and his intrepid spirit - qualities that no doubt factored into his achieving the rank of Master Sergeant for his service in the Pacific and European theaters. Fellow International Director Russ Moore remembers encountering Vern at a skydiving demonstration at the local airport. Confessing his own cowardice, Russ found his sentiments at odds with Vern's. It turned out that Vern's son was one of the jumpers and, Russ suspects, could have easily convinced his dad to enthusiastically join him in the activity.

An important part of the Reed family legacy, DPMA (now AITP) was also the organization of choice for Vern's brother, Melvin, who predeceased him. Vern's lifetime involvement in DPMA is prominantly noted in the following obituary from the November 3, 2011 Akron Beacon Journal.

Vern Reed

Vern Reed, 88, of Akron, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

He was born in Akron to the late Victor and Theresa Reed, and lived here all of his life. He was a lifetime member of St. Vincent's Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin, and wife Joanne Sullivan Reed.

Vern was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School and retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber in 1985 after 43 years of service. He was also a World War II veteran - serving in France, Germany, and the Philippines. During his wartime service, he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. Vern was a very active member of the Data Processing Management Association, serving in many capacities, achieving the Office of International Director. He enjoyed golf and bowling.

He is survived by sons, Thomas (Rose) of Merrimack, N.H., Paul (June) of Florida, George (Irina) of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Janis (Richard) Goings of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; granddaughter, Lauren (Vic) Reed Smart of Merrimack, N.H.; grandson, Alexander Reed of Columbus, Ohio; and great-grandson, Jacoby Reed of Merrimack, N.H. Vern is also survived by numerous relatives.

The family would like to thank the staff of Rockynol for their care and support.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent's Catholic Church, where friends may call from 9 until service time. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Please, no flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or St. Vincent's Catholic Church.

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