UPDATED: Stanley Reed Dies in Auto Accident

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 2:39 pm  

Stanley Reed

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Charlene and the Reed family today," U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said in a news release. "Stanley Reed was a longtime champion for rural Arkansas and farm families in our state. He was a strong family man and was devout in his faith. He will be sorely missed."

Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach of Manila (Mississippi County), said the Farm Bureau family had lost "a gracious man."

"Stanley Reed stood for everything that is good and just about this organization. He was a man of integrity, compassion and faith," Veach said.

"He guided our organization through a time of challenging change, particularly as we restructured our business interests to better support the needs of our membership. His legal background and awareness were vital during this process."

"He made a real contribution in Arkansas," Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, told ArkansasBusiness.com. The two organizations often worked closely.

"Stanley was a first-rate citizen," Zook said.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee appointed Reed to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in 1998, where he served until 2008. On Friday, Huckabee said Reed "always had a heart of service."

"He was a great guy to be around whether in a duck blind or a board room and he will be greatly missed ..." Huckabee said.

B. Alan Sugg, the president of the University of Arkansas System, said he was "deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of my friend.  

"The pain of his passing is felt across the University of Arkansas System family. He served our state and university with honor and distinction in numerous roles and always carried himself with class and decency," Sugg said. "He was an outstanding trustee and businessman, a wonderful husband and father, and an extraordinarily kind person."

UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart said he and wife Jane were "shocked and heartbroken" about Reed's death.

"He served our state so well, for so long, and in so many ways," Gearhart said. "Whether it was in business, higher education, at the Capitol, or in civic and community life, Stanley got things done. He loved our state and committed himself, in numerous ways, to its continued betterment."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Stanley Reed," Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said, via Twitter.



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