Thomas Reed, Professor Emeritus, passes away

Professor Emeritus Thomas L. Reed passed away on July 21, 2010 at Camp Pemigewassett in New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife Betsy Mook Reed and children Penelope Reed Doob and Thomas L. Reed, Jr.

Tom was born on May 3, 1916 in Chicago. He received a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College in 1938 and a M.A. in Art History from Harvard University in 1942. Tom served in the US Navy during World War II and returned from the war to continue his studies. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard in 1947. Tom taught in Brown University’s Art Department from 1947-1957.

Tom joined RISD’s Art History Department in 1957 and was Associate Professor and Professor of Art History from 1957-1978. He served as head of the Art History Department from 1957-67, Acting Dean of Faculty at RISD from 1963-1964, and Chairman of the Division of Liberal Arts from 1967-69.  During his tenure at RISD Tom took frequent trips to Italy to collect photographic and written materials and to conduct research that supplemented his Art History lectures. Many of his slides are still in use in RISD’s Slide Collection.

Although he retired from RISD in 1982 Tom continued to work as Director of Camp Pemigewassett until 1987. Tom’s father co-founded the camp in 1908 with Oberlin classmates and this 600 acre boy’s camp in the White Mountains has provided a life-long re-energizing refuge for three generations of Reeds. Thomas L. Reed, Jr. serves as the current camp director. Click here to read more about the Camp and Tom on the Camp’s website

Tom is remembered as a gentleman and scholar by his colleagues in Liberal Arts and a warm and inspiring leader by his Camp colleagues.


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