Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1937.
With Third National Bank, Nashville, since 1937, vice president, 1951-1963, senior vice president, 1963-1965, executive vice president, 1965-1970, president, 1970-1972, chairman board, 1972-1974, senior chairman board, 1974-1978, chairman executive and finance committees, 1974-1978, director, 1970-1978, retired, 1978. Chairman trust board, senior chairman board, chairman executive committee 3d National Corporation, 1973-1977, president, 1977-1979, also director. Director Marquette Company, 1974-1998, Thomas Nelson Publications, 1979-1998, member executive committee, 1980-1998.
Former member Association Reserve City Bankers.
Co-chairman Nashville Committee for American Industry National Fund for Medical Education, 1956-1964. General chairman Middle Tennessee Heart Association campaign, 1951, director, 1954-1957. General chairman United Way for Nashville and Davidson County campaign, 1958-1959, also trustee.
General alumni reunion chairman Vanderbilt University, 1962. Chairman Vanderbilt Nashville Living Endowment Program, 1964-1966, national chairman, 1968-1969. Trustee Nashville Memorial Hospital.
Former associate board directors St. Thomas Hospital. Board directors Tennessee Council Economic Education, 1975-1976. Commissioner City of Belle Meade.
Member American Bankers Association, Tennessee Taxpayers Association (president 1974-1998), Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (past president, director, member executive committee), Vanderbilt University Alumni Association (past trustee, member executive committee), Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: Belle Meade Country (Nashville) (past director), Cumberland (Nashville).
Married Eleanor Eakin Reed, October 2, 1939. Children: John William, James Reed.