Zevola Reed III, 82, of Falmouth, passed away Feb. 28, 2006 at his home.
was born in Denver, Colorado in 1923, the son of Verner Zevola Reed,
Jr. and Gladys Quentell Reed. Mr. Reed attended Aiken Preparatory
School in S.C., where he was a skilled horseman. He graduated from
Milton Academy in 1941 and attended Harvard University before becoming
a member of the Army Air Corps. During World War II he was stationed
in China, Burma, and India. He had joined the Air Corps as a private,
served in the CBI as an aircraft engineering officer, and was discharged
in 1946 as First Lieutenant.
home from the war, Mr. Reed lived in Stowe, Vermont, where he became
a furniture maker. When he had difficulty finding a good photographer
to market his products, he picked up a camera and taught himself
the art. This led him to Boston to pursue photography professionally.
During the 1950s he worked on a freelance basis for Life
magazine, photographing over 125 assignments in New England. His
work was also published in Fortune, Paris Match, Time, and
1956, Mr. Reed returned to Vermont. He continued to do freelance assignments
for magazines and began a new career as a sculptor. While in Stowe,
Mr. Reed purchased and ran The Three Green Doors restaurant.
1973, Mr. Reed and his wife, Deborah, moved to Pemaquid Harbor where
they restored and ran a salt-water farm. Mr. Reed continued his interest
in photography and sculpture I while raising sheep. In 1980, the family
moved to Falmouth, and Mr. Reed's third artistic pursuit began in the
field of jewelry and silversmithing. He exhibited his work at Fibula
on Exchange Street and quickly became recognized as one of the foremost
jewelers in Portland.
Reed has received increasing recognition in recent years for his accomplishments
in the field of photography. His work has been the focus of several
one-man exhibitions in New England, most notably A Changing World: New
England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972, organized by Historic
New England. The accompanying catalogue, reviews, and television appearances
have made his name well known to curators up and down the east coast.
2005 the Maine State Senate honored him for his contribution to the
arts in New England. Mr. Reed's work is owned by museums including the
University of New England Art Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the George Eastman House in Rochester,
NY. Historic New England possesses his photographic archive.
is survived by his wife, Deborah; a brother, Gordon Peter of Palm Beach,
Fla.; a son, Verner Zevola IV, of Greenfield Center, N.Y.; three daughters:
Jennifer, of Natick, Mass.; Victoria, of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; and Mary,
of Cambridge, Mass.; three granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews.