Dr. Edgar Arthur Reed, M.D., J.D.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28, 1925

Departed on August 1, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Edgar Arthur Reed, M.D., J.D. - Age 94 – August 1, 2019

After living a very full 94 years, Edgar Arthur Reed, M.D., J.D., passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Ed was a loving father, friend, volunteer, teacher and mentor to many. His intelligence, constant desire to learn, spunk, wit, dry sense of humor and caring nature are just some of the characteristics that will be missed most by those who knew and loved him.

He was the oldest of four children and preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ilah (Mahoney) Reed; his brothers Donald Reed and Keith Reed, and his sister Winifred Joice.

He is survived by his children Erica Reed, Gary Reed (Linda) and Teri Jaynes (Roger); grandchildren, Leah Reed-Duffy (Timothy), Ivy Reed, Jeremy Jaynes (Anahit Behjou) and Trevor Jaynes (Christine); great-grandchildren, Erin Marra, Logan Duffy, Isabelle Duffy, Grace Duffy, Jasmine Jaynes, Fiona Jaynes, Marlee Jaynes, Rowan Jaynes and Eliot Jaynes.

Ed was a 1943 graduate of Culver High School in Culver, Indiana. His constant pursuit of knowledge and education led him to receive his BS(Ed) in 1951 from Indiana University, School of Education (with AF ROTC Military Honors); his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1957; and his J.D. (with honors) from John Marshall School of Law in 1971. He served as a Medical Resident (Internal Medicine) at the VA Hospital and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, in Buffalo, NY from 1958-60 and at the VA Hospital and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH from 1960-1961. After several years in private medical practice (Internal Medicine and Cardiology), Ed began a long and successful career with the Veterans Administration, working at the VA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as well as several VA Hospitals across the Nation. Ed served as the Chief of Staff for the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Pineville, Louisiana and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane University – School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1985 until he retired in 1996.

He was a Fellow Member and Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine, a member of the American Medical Association; Indiana University Alumni Association; Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the American Association of Community Theater.

Ed proudly served in several branches of the military. He was a WWII veteran, serving as a Navy Corpsman with the 6th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater and China; 1st Lieutenant/Laboratory Officer with the United States Air Force Hospital Service Corps; and Colonel/Medical Corps with the Georgia National Guard.

He enjoyed his hobbies and volunteer activities, which included aviation (instrument rated pilot); Red Cross Disaster Relief; acting/directing/writing for the local theatre when he lived in Alexandria, Louisiana; a supporter of the Symphony and a voracious reader. In his earlier years, he was an accomplished Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm Order of the Arrow. Ed truly led a life that he conducted on his own terms and is one to be admired and remembered fondly.

Memorial Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations may be made to the Indiana School of Medicine, https://www.myiu.org/one-time-gift. Please search for the IU School of Medicine Fund and indicate that your donation is being made in memory of Edgar Arthur Reed, M.D., J.D.

7 Comments to Dr. Edgar Arthur Reed, M.D., J.D.

  1. Cindy Baier
    August 27, 2019 5:58 pm

    Dr. Ed touched our hearts, brightened our days and made us smile. He was generous with his knowledge and full of life. Dr. Ed was my friend and will always be in my heart.

  2. Terri L Febuary
    August 27, 2019 6:05 pm

    He really did live a full life. So glad our family had a little part in it.

  3. Becky Fragasse, Concierge
    August 27, 2019 8:27 pm


    Dr. Ed was such a joy, inspiration, and teacher to us all here at The Cumberland. His quick wit kept me going daily, and I learned so much from him in our conversations. Thanks for sharing him with us! My prayers are for your peace, comfort, courage, and strength in the days ahead.

  4. Becky Fragasse, Concierge
    August 27, 2019 8:29 pm


    Dr. Ed was such a joy, inspiration, and teacher to us all here at The Cumberland. His quick wit kept me going daily, and I learned so much from him in our conversations. Thanks for sharing him with us! My prayers are for your peace, comfort, courage, and strength in the days ahead. And we’re taking care of Clementine in his memory!

  5. JoAnn Constantinou
    September 16, 2019 6:28 pm

    Ed’s life leaves a legacy of inspiration for all of us—so accomplished in a variety of fields and pursuits. Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time as you treasure the memories and reflect on the blessing he was.

  6. Diane Falcone
    September 21, 2019 4:50 pm

    Today you remember your Dad together with friends and family; all who know and love you and him.
    He was a dear friend to me, I will always miss him. I appreciated his brand of kindness and generosity… businesslike, never saccharine, in fact he detested the syrupy, you know this. I understood Ed, the kind of man he was were the kinds of men I was surrounded by, WWII veterans, Korean War veterans, first generation GI Bill graduates. I just felt like I knew him, and I was used to him and his curmudgeonly exterior… but I knew he had a heart of pure butter, a lot like my Dad, my uncles. Proud, generous, responsible, but Ed was also an actor! And that is how I grew to know him, through our community theatre. He was as ferociously dedicated to that little theatre as the rest of us, auditioning, winning roles, delighting in this kind of artistic expression. His masterly commanding performance as Norman Thayer in On Golden Pond was perfection. I stage managed for that show. Lucy Azlin played Ethel, Wanda Schenk played Norman’s and Ethel’s wayward daughter. It was directed by one of our favorite directors, Frith Harwood. Frith and I would be up in the light & sound booth, stifling hysteria at Ed’s deft portrayal, his perfection of the non-sequitur, the use of the VOICE! We were like, ED, what’d you do, eat pebbles for this before you went on? He would explode at Ethel and Chelsea, then grab Ethel and hold her in a tight foxtrot.. I wish you all could have seen him, it was a masterpiece, professional in every way.
    Ed had performed in maaaaaany plays on many different stages throughout our community, he produced, directed, and he also presided over our board for three years. He underwrote shows and took them to competition, gallons of wine and scotch may or may not have been consumed… huh. Then there were the wonderful conversations… about everything; things that happened to us, things we cared about, just, wonderful. I recognized his talent, he recognized mine. We were friends among many friends. Your Dad was loved and cared for. Wanda and Ron Schenk really took on a familial role with Ed. I told him he’d better do his business with GOD, I will miss him for the rest of my life. Until we meet again, my friend.

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