John David Reed, M.D., passed away on Nov. 14, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at home. He was born near Michigantown, son of Annie Laurie (Walker) Reed and William Bryan Reed, both educators.
John’s love of learning and adventure began at a young age and continued throughout his life. While at Purdue, he played clarinet in the Purdue All-American Marching Band, lived at Dover House and excelled academically. John was invited into Alpha Epsilon Delta, national premedical honor society and Phi Eta Sigma, Purdue honor’s fraternity. John received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1955 and interned at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a captain in the Air Force in air rescue and hospital medicine at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. John practiced Internal Medicine in Fort Wayne from 1962 to 1994. After completion of an Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he met the love of his life, Susan (Baker) Reed, R.N., at Parkview Hospital.
John was a community servant throughout his life. John taught and mentored medical students, volunteered at Matthew 25, delivered meals to the homebound and taught English to non-native speakers through AmeriCorps. John was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church. John savored sharing his love of music and travel with his family members. He nurtured others with his thoughtful, encouraging manner. John will be fondly remembered by his colleagues and patients for his dedication and devotion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Garland Ridenour.
While practicing medicine, John instilled his love of music, history, travel and the outdoors in his family who survives to continue his legacy. Survivors include his devoted wife, Susan of 56 years; son, Robert (Janet) Reed, granddaughter, Rachel, grandsons Jackson and Jameson; son, Glenn (Margaret) Reed; daughter, Rosemary (Valentin) Cristea, grandson, Louis, and granddaughter Alice; daughter, Ann Reed, granddaughter Ursina Braun and grandson Julian Braun; John’s brother, Phil (Janet) Reed, and multiple nieces and nephews.
John chose to donate his remains to Indiana University School of Medicine. Preferred memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m., also at the funeral home.