Joseph Verner Reed
| Joseph Verner Reed |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||2016-09-29 (Age 78)|
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
|Parents|| • Joseph Verner|
• Reed Permelia Pryor
|Spouse||Marie Maude Byers|
|Member of||Council 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.
Joseph Verner Reed Jr. was born on December 17, 1937 in New York City. He was named after his father, Joseph Verner Reed (1902 - 1973). His paternal grandfather was Verner Zevola Reed (1863-1919). His mother was Permelia Pryor. He had a brother, Nathaniel Reed. He is also a descendant of Edward Doty (1599-1655), who emigrated to the United States on the Mayflower.
He grew up at Denbigh Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut and Corsair in Hobe Sound, Florida. 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.
He then served as Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, David Rockefeller, from 1963 to 1981. 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.
In 1985, he became United States Deputy Permanent Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Two years later, in 1987, he became Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and General Assembly Affairs.
He returned to the UN, serving as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Public Affairs from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 to 2004, he served as President of the Staff-Management Coordination Committee of the UN. In January 2005, he was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser. He was re-appointed as such in 2009. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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 1970||2 December 1970||US|
Rockefeller family mansion
|Exact dates uncertain|
- Yale University Library
- The American Presidency Project
- Official website biography Archived 2013-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Marie Maude Byers To Wed Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., The Palm Beach Post, July 5, 1955
- Elaine Sciolino, Washington at Work; Making a President's Planes, Trains (and Diplomatic Matters) Run on Time, The New York Times, October 30, 1989
- William Plummer, Linda Kramer, On the Eve of Another Summit, Joseph Reed Is the Man of Every Hour, People, 06/04/1990
- Brittany Lyte, More than 20 years later, remembering a brief walk with a giant, The Advocate, July 12, 2013