jack reed

John William "Jack" Reed, 76, died Dec. 28, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was born Jan. 28, 1933, in Lewistown, Mont.

He came to Alaska in 1956 after his Navy service to begin a career as one of the pioneers of communications across the state, beginning with Western Electric working on the White Alice Project. He worked on various telephone and other communications projects until he left Alaska in 1961 to attend the University of Arizona at Tucson. He graduated in 1963 with an electrical engineering degree and Tau Beta Phi Honors. He returned to Alaska in 1964 and continued to work in various communications projects, including being a part of the first phone service installed by Standard Oil on the North Slope.

He owned Trident Communications, which provided radio phone patch service all over the state of Alaska until 1996. During his career he designed, built and installed phone services across Alaska for many clients including Enstar, Sohio, Chevron and Marathon Oil drilling rig communications projects.

His memory will be preserved by his participation in the construction of St. Tihkon Russian Orthodox Church in South Anchorage. It was his wish to leave something of lasting impact and beauty on the land where he had lived and loved.

"Our beloved husband and father is survived by his wife of 29 years, Virginia Wolfe Reed; and his sons, John William and Jay Winston Reed," his family said.

He will be long remembered and missed by his friends and family.

He was cremated, as per his wishes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made St. Tihkon Russian Orthodox Church, 15396 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage 99516.

Arrangements are with Cremation Society of Alaska.