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Edsel Sherwood Reed Sr. M.D.

August 19, 1923 ~ January 8, 2022 (age 98)


Edsel Sherwood Reed Sr. M.D., 98, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, passed away on January 8, 2022. There will be a drive-thru/video call visitation held at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, Indiana, on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM. For this visitation, there will be signage outside the funeral home to direct you to the designated meeting space. When you arrive, you will have the opportunity to see and speak with his wife and immediate family via video conference to allot for the family’s health during the pandemic. Services are otherwise private for immediate family only. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled by family when possible.

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to First Baptist Church of Jeffersonville, Indiana (2402 10th St, Jeffersonville, IN 47130) or Westminster Village Kentuckiana, (2200 Greentree N, Clarksville, IN 47129) in Edsel Reed Sr.’s honor.

He was born August 19, 1923, in Bowen, Kentucky, to the late George W. Reed and Mattie Elizabeth (Palmer) Reed. He was a retired radiologist and a long time member and deacon of the First Baptist Church.

Dr. Reed was a graduate of Powell County High School, Morehead State Teachers College, University of Louisville School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine, and a residency in Radiology of U of L.

In WWII he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, serving first as a hospital corpsman at Nicholas Army General Hospital, and later as a medical student in the Army specialized training program at U of L. After the war he finished medical school at the University of Louisville as a civilian. Edsel served an internship at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky, where he met and married the love of his life, Allie Ruth Carey, R.N. of Marion, Indiana, lasting 74 years.

He was appointed instructor in radiology at U of L after completing his residency and was assigned to go to the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies to do medical research. While waiting for an F.B.I. clearance to work at Oak Ridge, and because of the onset of the Korean Conflict, he was called back to active duty as a captain in the Army Medical Corps Reserves, and served as Chief, Radiology service, U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone, 1951 – 1953.

Following separation from the Army, he joined a radiology group in St. Joseph, Missouri. Then in 1956 returned to Kentucky as Associate Radiologist at the opening of the New Harlan, Kentucky, Miner’s Memorial Hospital. In 1958, he became the first full time radiologist at Clark County Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, Indiana. He served as Chief Radiologist for 27 of his 32 years at the hospital. He was on the consulting staff at Floyd Memorial and other area hospitals.

Dr. Reed was a co-founder of Radiology Associates and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Louisville, and was past President of the Clark County Medical Society, Greater Louisville Radiological Society, and Chief of the medical staff of the Clark County Memorial Hospital.

He was a Sagamore of the Wabash (x2), Kentucky Colonel, former Indiana Deputy Commissioner of Clan Donald, U.S.A., founding member of the Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation, member of the Society of the Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Filson and Kentucky Historical Societies, Mason, Scottish Rite, Moila Shrine, American Legion, Travelers Century Club, and former member of the Lions and Elks Club.

Ed enjoyed traveling and with his wife visited all the states, all 7 continents, 70 cruises, and 177 countries. In his later years he enjoyed his church, family, country, traveling, swimming at the downtown YMCA, and ballroom dancing to the New Tones.

In additional to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Montford Lee Reed and Robert Donald Reed.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Allie C. Reed; daughters, Dr. Patricia R. Tate (Dr. Michael) of New Albany, Indiana, Cynthia R. Petrilli (Dr. Ralph), of Longmont, Colorado, and son, Dr. Edsel S. Reed Jr. (Len), of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Matthew Tate (Amy), Dr. Rachel Stautberg (Edward), Laura Petrilli, and Brian Petrilli; and great granddaughter, Cecilia Stautberg.

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January 13, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Scott Funeral Home
2515 Veterans Parkway
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

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