John R. Reed
2009

John R. "Jack" Reed, 102, a retired lawyer with the Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae, died Aug. 13
of a ruptured abdominal aneurysm at Sunrise at Bluemont Park, an assisted living facility in Arlington County. He was an
Arlington resident.

Mr. Reed was in private practice, specializing in family law, when he joined the Department of the Interior in 1941. He moved
to the Reconstruction Finance Corp. the next year. After working for a few years in the corporation's Philadelphia office, he
joined Fannie Mae as regional counsel for the Northeast region.

A nephew recalled that among his peers and members of the mortgage banking industry, he became known as "the dean of
Fannie Mae counsels," because of his knowledge of real estate law. He retired in 1973.

John Robert Reed was born in Ingram, Pa., and grew up in the District. After graduating from the
old Central High School, he
received a bachelor's degree in 1928 and a law degree in 1930, both from George Washington University.

He enjoyed gourmet cooking, furniture refinishing, tinkering with his Austin-Healey sports car and listening to jazz and
classical music. He also built sound systems and took university courses by mail.

Mr. Reed's wife, the former Julia deLashmutt, died in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Reed D'Aleo of Annandale and Caroline Forsythe Reed of Providence, R.I.
-- Joe Holley
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