Thursday, April 8, 2004

Kenneth Reed inspected buildings, taught college


Edgewood man, 66, was also expert witness

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

EDGEWOOD - Kenneth P. Reed, a retired chemistry professor at Thomas More College and environmental expert, died Monday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South of complications of a stroke suffered two months ago. The Edgewood resident was 66.

"He was a wonderful, sweet man," said his daughter Pamela Reed Miller of Florence. "He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren. Family was very important to him."

Owner of Reed & Associates since 1980, Dr. Reed, a certified industrial hygienist, was an independent environmental consultant who specialized in sick-building syndrome and asbestos and lead abatement.

He inspected buildings for indoor air quality and safety and worked to help small- and medium-size businesses comply with EPA regulations, his daughter said.

Dr. Reed served as an expert witness in many trials throughout the country that dealt with problems caused by multiple chemical sensitivity.

He was on the faculty at Thomas More - where he also served as director of freshman studies and director of development - from 1959 to 1978.

A Newport native and graduate of Covington Latin High School, Dr. Reed held a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Thomas More, a master's in organic chemistry from Xavier University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Louisiana State University.

He was a member of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, where he served on the school board and parish council. He was also a past president of the Covington Rotary and a member of the Kenton Game & Fish Club.

In addition to his daughter Pamela, survivors include his wife, Carol Luken Reed; two other daughters, Ann Reed Macke of Villa Hills and Susan Reed Butsch of Gahanna, Ohio; a brother, Gary G. Reed of Newport; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation: 9:30 a.m. today followed by Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 340 Dudley Pike in Edgewood. Interment: Mother of God Cemetery in Covington.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com




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