Former Tribune Media Services President and CEO Robert Reed Dies at 86

By: E&P Staff

Robert S. Reed, known by all as Bob, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease, with his family by his side.  He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Robert W. Reed and Myrtle Viola Stuart.  He graduated from Southwest H.S. and in 1949 from the University of Oregon.  In 1957, he married Judith Ann Benton and was married for 48 years until her death in 2005.

He is survived by his children: Ann Reed Scileppi (Gregory) and Robert Benton Reed (Amanda) and their children: Kathryn Stuart and Gregory Scott Scileppi, Sarah Elizabeth and Samuel Benton Reed. He is also survived by his wife, Diana Walker Reed, and his stepchildren: Richard Lance Walker Jr. (Tricia), Wendy Walker Gardner (Robert), Andrew Lee Walker, Michael Ryan Walker (Christina), and step-children: Richard Lance III, Sarah Frances, Caroline Courtney, William Patrick Walker; Michaela Ruth, Christian Ryan, Eliana Walker; Catherine Virginia,Robert Nicholas, John Walker Gardner.

Bob spent more than 50 years working for newspapers around the country. For 20 years, he was president, CEO and chairman of Tribune Media Services (TMS), a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune Company.  He dedicated himself to making TMS into a major seller of information products and services in the newspaper syndication business. He was instrumental in bringing “Little Orphan Annie” to Broadway (1977) and “Dick Tracy” to the movies (1990).  After retiring from TMS in 1992, he started Reed Brennan Media Associates (RBMA), with partner Tim Brennan.  They were the first to change the way newspapers produce the comic pages through digitalization.

He served as president of Newspaper Features Council, Interlachen Country Club and Winter Park Public Library. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Oregon School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Wildcat Cliffs and Interlachen Country Clubs.

Bob enjoyed playing golf, traveling, time spent with family and friends, and a good Manhattan.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 338 E. Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, Florida.  Reception to follow.

Donations may be made in his memory to: Universiy of Oregon Foundation: giving.uoregon.edu; Winter Park Library – Judith Benton Reed Endowment: wppl.org; Parkinsons Foundation: Parkinson.org.

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