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Obituary for O. M. Reed, DDS

November 17, 1920 - July 29, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97


O.M. Reed, DDS
November 17, 1920-July 29, 2018

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, San Antonio lost one of its members of the "Greatest Generation," Dr. O.M. Reed. Born in Belfield, North Dakota on November 17, 1920, he was the only child of Edna Kane Reed and George Allison Reed. He will be deeply missed.

Dr. Reed was a man of many talents. He was a musician, playing trumpet. He was a dentist, licensed to practice in California and Texas, maintaining a private practice in San Antonio for 50 years. He was a scientist working with the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research as a research specialist and was responsible for devising a method by which the age of baboons, being brought to this country from the wilds of Africa, could be determined, and he was an educator, who recognized that perpetuating his beloved profession was critical, serving as an associate professor at the, then newly opened, School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Senior Dental Clinic.

But those of us who knew and loved him would tell you that O.M. was probably proudest of the role he played, along with thousands of his generation, to assure the freedom we enjoy in this country today. As a young second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Dr. Reed flew 35 missions over Germany, France and Czechoslovakia. Not one to ever refer to himself as hero, he was cited for his heroic efforts during WW II being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters.

It was during his time in the service, while training in San Antonio, that he, through a blind date, met the love of his life, Evelyn Campbell of San Antonio formerly of Oakwood, Texas. They were married on June 26, 1945 in the Little Church of the Flowers located on the grounds of the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angles, California. The Reeds were stationed in Tucson, Arizona when the war ended, and returned to San Francisco, California where Dr. Reed completed dental school at UC San Francisco, having started his studies there prior to entering the service and after matriculating with a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. Evelyn worked as a model and in a bank to help support O.M.'s efforts in school and later he returned the favor when Evelyn returned to school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, completing both a bachelor's and master's degree, to become a public-school educator. A profession she practiced for the next 25+ years. They just celebrated their 73rd Anniversary this past June.

Dr. Reed is survived by his beloved Evelyn, his son Mark Allison Reed, his grandson, Douglas Scott Reed and many dear friends. We will miss him beyond words. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.

10:00 A.M.

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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