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John Shedd Reed

executive

John Shedd Reed was American rail transportation executive. Named ready reckoner Man of Year, Modern Railroad magazine, 1970. Director National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 1996, past chairman; trustee Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, president, 1984-1994; vice chairman, Alliance Francaise de Chicago; With United States Naval Reserve, 1940-1945. Member Chicago Club, Old Elm Club, Shoreacres Club, Onwentsia Club (Lake Forest).

Background

Reed, John Shedd was born on June 9, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Kersey Coates and Helen May (Shedd) Reed.

Education

Student, Chicago Latin School. Student, Hotchkiss School. Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration, Yale University, 1939.

Graduate, Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1955.

Career

With A.T. & San Francisco Railway, 1939-1983. Test department assistant, successively special representative to general superintendent transportation Chicago. Transportation inspector Amarillo, Texas.

Trainmaster Slaton, Pueblo, Colorado. Superintendent Missouri division, Marceline, Missouri. Assistant to vice president Chicago, 1957-1959.

Executive assistant to president, 1957-1959. Vice president finance, 1959-1964. Vice president executive department, 1964-1967.

President, 1967-1978. Chief Executive Officer, 1968-1982. Chairman board, 1973-1983.

President Santa Fe Industries, Inc., 1968-1978, chairman, Chief Executive Officer Santa Fe Southern Pacific Corporation, 1987, chairman, 1987-1988.

Membership

Director National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 1996, past chairman. Trustee Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, president, 1984-1994. Vice chairman, Alliance Francaise de Chicago.

With United States Naval Reserve, 1940-1945. Member Chicago Club, Old Elm Club, Shoreacres Club, Onwentsia Club (Lake Forest).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Annual bicycle tour of Europe (mostly France), skiing, golf, tennis.

Connections

Married Marjorie Lindsay, May 4, 1946. Children: Ginevra, Keith, Helen, Peter, John Shedd Junior.

father:
Kersey Coates Reed

mother:
Helen May (Shedd) Reed

spouse:
Marjorie Lindsay

child:
Ginevra Reed

child:
Keith Reed

child:
Helen Reed

child:
Peter Reed

child:
John Shedd Junior Reed