Joseph Verner Reed

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(businessman, diplomat)
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New York City, New York, U.S.
Died2016-09-29 (Age 78)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Parents • Joseph Verner
• Reed Permelia Pryor
SpouseMarie Maude Byers
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Historical Members

Joseph Verner Reed was an American banker and diplomat. He was David Rockefeller's deputy at the Chase Manhattan Bank, and seem to have been a Rockefeller protege all his life, including at Le Cercle and at the United Nations.

He was United States Ambassador to Morocco from 1981 to 1985, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1989 to 1991, under George HW Bush.

Early life

Joseph Verner Reed Jr. was born on December 17, 1937 in New York City.[1][2][3][4] He was named after his father, Joseph Verner Reed (1902 - 1973).[5][4][6][7] His paternal grandfather was Verner Zevola Reed (1863-1919).[7] His mother was Permelia Pryor.[4][6] He had a brother, Nathaniel Reed.[4] He is also a descendant of Edward Doty (1599-1655), who emigrated to the United States on the Mayflower.[7]

He grew up at Denbigh Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut and Corsair in Hobe Sound, Florida.[6][7] He was educated at the Deerfield Academy, a private boarding school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale University, a private university in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1961.[1][2][3][4][6]


He started his career as Private Secretary to the President of the World Bank, Eugene "Gene" Robert Black, Sr. (1898-1992).[1][3][8]

He then served as Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, David Rockefeller, from 1963 to 1981.[2][3][8] Reed prepared Rockefeller's trips around the world. Rockefeller gave Reed the task of looking after the fallen Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In 1979, Reed traveled to 26 states and in applied for asylum for the Shah in some of them. On October 22, 1979, Pahlavi was admitted to the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. On November 4, 1979, when hostages were taken in Tehran, the extradition of Pahlavi was demanded.[9]

In 1985, he became United States Deputy Permanent Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.[3] Two years later, in 1987, he became Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and General Assembly Affairs.[3]

He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as United States Ambassador to Morocco from 1981 to 1985.[2][3][10], where he oversaw a large rearmament of the Moroccan army.

He was then appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as the Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1989 to 1991.[3][7][8][10]

He returned to the UN, serving as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Public Affairs from 1992 to 1997.[3] From 1997 to 2004, he served as President of the Staff-Management Coordination Committee of the UN.[3] In January 2005, he was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser.[3] He was re-appointed as such in 2009.[3] He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[2]

He was the recipient of the Legion of Honour. He also received The Yale Medal from his alma mater, Yale University.[11]

Personal life

He married Marie Maude Byers, daughter of J. Frederic Byers (1939–1977) of Philadelphia, with whom they had two daughters, Serena (Reed) Kusserow and Electra Reed.


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)2 December 19702 December 1970US
Washington DC
Rockefeller family mansion
Exact dates uncertain
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