RENO — Senior U.S. District Judge Edward C. Reed Jr., who was appointed to the bench in Reno by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, died Saturday at the age of 88.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, who served with Reed on the federal bench, called him a mentor and one of the finest judges he has ever known.
“Judge Reed was a legendary Nevada jurist, serving on the bench for almost four decades,” he said in a prepared statement Saturday. “From his service to our country in the Army to his time on the Washoe County School Board, Judge Reed had a remarkable impact on the community and on our state.”
Reed High School in Sparks was named for the Nevada native because he served on the Washoe School Board from 1956 to 1972 before he was placed on the bench.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that after he graduated from Reno High School in 1942, Reed served as an Army staff sergeant during World War II in the European Theater and the South Pacific. He was a prisoner of war in Germany in 1945.
Reed graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1949 and from Harvard Law School in 1952.
He served as a special deputy attorney general for water rights litigation from 1967 to 1979.
Funeral arrangements were pending.