Townshend - Robert Hugh Reed, age 88, of Townshend, died on December 7, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born December 10, 1928 in Hudson, New York, the son of Robert Hugh Reed, Sr., and Paula Vivian Castellanos Reed.
Reed was raised in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York City, and was active as a young person in the Presbyterian Church serving in leadership roles.
He graduated from Trinity Preparatory School, New York City in 1946, and the College of Wooster, Ohio, Phi Beta Kappa in 1952. He volunteered at El Guacio Presbyterian Center in Puerto Rico and as Waterfront Director for the inter-racial camps at Forest Lake, Winchester, New Hampshire.
He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree of Divinity in 1953 and was ordained to the Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Reed served as Assistant Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian, Akron, Ohio, where he met his future bride.
In 1954, he married Jane Wilson Scott (Janie), of Akron, Ohio, and they honeymooned in Vermont. They moved to Long Branch, N.J. in 1955 to serve the First Presbyterian Church. While in Long Branch, the Reverend Reed participated in the Presbyterian Preaching Mission in Cuba. In 1959, they became summer residents of Ames Hill in Marlboro, Vermont.
In 1961, the Reverend Reed was called as Organizing Pastor of a New Church Development in Paramus, N.J. While in Paramus, he served as President of the Bergen County Council of Churches and led an Ecumenical Youth Team to Colombia, South America.
In 1963, he and Janie, with members of his church, participated in the March on Washington, and Reed participated in the March on Montgomery, Alabama, March 25, 1965.
In 1970, Reverend Reed became the Associate Synod Executive for the Presbyterian Church in Oregon. He was Acting Synod Executive and then Executive for the Presbytery of the Cascades in western Oregon. He was a trustee for Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.
In 1978, the family moved to Brattleboro, Vermont where he worked as a real estate agent with Martocci & Henry until retiring in 1982.
In Brattleboro, he and Janie were active in community theatre. He was also active in the Democratic Party. He and Janie served with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Team in Haiti and Cuba in 1992 and Cuba in 2000. He was a trustee of the Ames Hill Marlboro Community Center Association since 1959.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jane Wilson Scott Reed, his daughter Nan Elizabeth Reed Mann and grand-daughter Louisa, his daughter Susan Jane Reed Rowell, her husband Robert and grand-children, Alison and Flint, a niece in Ontario, cousins in Queens, NYC, and Havana, Cuba.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro on January 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Private burial will be held at Kings Cemetery, Marlboro, Vermont.