American Medical News' first editor dies
■ The founding editor of this publication was 94 when he died.
Posted Feb. 15, 2010
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James M. Reed was the editor when the first issue of this newspaper, then called AMA News, debuted Sept. 22, 1958, after more than a year in development. Reed remained editor until August 1961, when he was named director of the AMA Communications Division.
Reed spent his professional life in journalism and public relations. According to his obituary, Reed wrote humor columns for newspapers and magazines for more than 50 years. He also was the author of eight books, a self-taught watercolor artist with more than 300 paintings in collections, a public speaker -- who addressed the World Medical Assn. -- and a breeder and exhibitor of show dogs.
Reed died Feb. 9 in Arkansas, where he had lived since 1981. He is survived by his wife, Janet, and two sons: Kerry, of Katy, Texas; and Stephen, of Phoenix.
His obituary is online (link).