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Editor , educator , Publishing executive , writer

Stanley Foster Reed was an entrepreneur, inventor, and publisher who founded Reed Research Inc. in 1940, “Mergers & Acquisitions” journal in 1965, and “Campaigns & Elections” magazine in 1980.


Reed, Stanley Foster was born on September 28, 1917 in Bogota, New Jersey, United States. Son of Morton H. and Beryl (Turner) Reed.


Student, George Washington University, 1939-1940;student, Johns Hopkins, 1940-1941;Master of Business Administration, Loyola University, Maryland., 1981.


He started a roofing company and worked briefly at a sheet metal factory for Pittsburgh Steel. In 1940, at age 23, he started up a scientific research company, renting a two-story building next to a junk yard along the C & O canal in Georgetown. He built Reed Research, Inc., and the Reed Research Foundation over the next 20 years to a net worth of $1 million.

Along with Manley St. Denis, Johann Martinek, Gordon Yeh, James Ahlgren and others, he worked on issues ranging from safe land mine removal to electrocardiography to language learning laboratories, obtaining scores of patents in the process. Based on his work experience, he was admitted to membership in the Society of Naval Architects and received certification as a Professional Engineer (PE). In 1962, after selling Reed Research to Log-Etronics, Inc., he started Tech-Audit as well as the Reed Research Institute for Creative Studies in the RCA Building on K Street in Washington, where he ran a number of publishing businesses.

In the 1960s, he was actively involved in social issues, sponsoring programs to encourage inner-city entrepreneurship and writing an article on the poor of Appalachia. He also participated as a panelist in seminars of the Aspen Institute and as a guest lecturer at various universities including the University of Colorado’s World Affairs Conference and Georgetown University, where he once discussed ethics. His is listed in Marquis Who’s Who.

He was an “ideas man” who in addition to starting publications also started a mergers newsletter and a website in his later years. In the mid-1960s, he read the entire collection of Will and Ariel Durant’s History of Civilization and examples from its pages for the rest of his life. He composed music by ear and often turned his hand to poetry.

At the time of death he was composing an opera based in Paris and focusing on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heming. Also in the 1970s, he earned an MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 64. Reed sang tenor and played the piano, organ, guitar, banjo, ukulele and accordion by ear at family gatherings.

He had moved to that city after selling two of his publications to Hay Associates, where he worked as a consultant in the early 1980s. Reed lived in McLean, Virginia, for 40 years. In 1994, he moved to Charleston, S.C. to take a position as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the College of Charleston, where he taught advanced management courses.

He also lived in Annapolis, Md., and before entering the University of Virginia Medical Center, lived in Culpeper, Va. on October 25, 2007, in Charlottesville, Va., he died at the University of Virginia Medical Center of a subdural hematoma. He was 90.


  • Registered professional engineer, District of Columbia.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: The Art of M&A: A Merger/Aquisition/Buyout Guide, 1989, 3d edition, 1999, The Toxic Executive, 1993, The Art of M&A Deskbook, Dictionary and Casebook, 2000. Founder, editor, public: Mergers and Acqusitions magazine, 1965-2007, Directors and Boards magazine, 1976-2007. Founder, editor, public: Campaigns and Elections magazine, 1980.

      Founder, public Global Business magazine, 1985. Contributor articles to leading journals, chapters to books

    • patentee.


Although not a religious man himself, he was a regular organist for the Church of the Nazarenes while residing in Charleston.


Board directors National Patent Council, 1970-2007. Founder, chairman ann Merger Week, Washington, 1973-1977, Northwestern University, 1977-1987. Entrepreneur-in-Residence, member advisory board Tate Center Entrepreneurship, College Charleston, South Carolina.

Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (life), American Economic Association, Dictionary Society of North America, La Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (chef de protocol), New York Yacht Club.


Married Stella Swingle, September 28, 1940 (divorced 1978). Children: Nancie, Beryl Ann, Alexandra. Married Shirley Weihman, September 28, 1985 (deceased February 1988).

Married Catherine Case Commander, December 16, 1989 (divorced 1991).

Morton H. Reed

Beryl (Turner) Reed

Stella Swingle

Shirley Weihman

Catherine Case Commander

Nancie Reed

Beryl Ann Reed

Alexandra Reed