Richard Dennis Reed


1927 - 2013

Richard Dennis Reed, 85, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. He was born December 10, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late John S. Reed and the late Ruth (Nanney) Reed. He married Marthada (Thompson) Reed on July 17, 1959. She survives at the home. Mr. Reed was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. He served in the United States Army from 1946-1947 as a member of Headquarters Company, 11th Airborne Division, in Sapporo, Japan. He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and graduated in 1951. From 1952 until 1959, he taught at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton. He entered the graduate program at Gallaudet University, 1959-1960, to earn his Master's degree. From 1960 until 1963, he taught at the Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester, N.Y. From 1963 until his retirement, Mr. Reed was again a member of the staff of the Missouri School for the Deaf, first as a teacher in the high school and from 1971, as a principal/school supervisor of the junior high school. At the time of his retirement in 1988, he received the Truman L. Ingle Award. He also served MSD as editor of school publications. He was editor of the Missouri Record from 1968 to 1991 and editor of Notes and Notables, the school's alumni newsletter, from 1989 until 2002. With the founding of MSD's Burney Fishback Museum by Superintendent Lloyd A. Harrison, Mr. Reed and his wife Marthada became active in the work of the museum. From 1991 until 2002, they served as co-directors of the museum. Mr. Reed also served as a member of the MSD Foundation. Mr. Reed was the author of articles on MSD history as well as articles on education of the deaf. He was co-author with Claire Bugen of a book on language teaching titled A Process Approach to Developing Language with Hearing-Impaired Children. In 2000 he published a history of MSD titled Historic MSD: The Story of the Missouri School for the Deaf. In 2002 he was honored by the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Committee of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association with the Alice Cogswell Award, an award recognizing valuable service on behalf of deaf citizens. He was a long time member of the Missouri Association of the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf. He was a former member of the Fulton Breakfast Lion's Club. Mr. Reed is also survived by cousins, Mrs. Donna (Nanney) Browning of Chapel Hill, N.C., Mrs. Rilla Hickerson of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Jean Helms of McAlester, Okla. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Maupin Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Condolences can be left for the family at