Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Gov. Reed

Nov 05, 2012

Augusta — In honor of former Maine Gov. John Reed, Gov.Paul R. LePage has directed that the flags of the United States and state of Maine be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Reed, who died last week at the age of 91, will be remembered Wednesday at a service in Washington D.C. He became governor in 1959 following the unexpected death of Gov. Clauson, and served the state until 1967, during which time he was instrumental in creating the University of Maine System.

A native of Aroostook County, who served in the Navy in World War II, Reed also was chairman of the National Governor’s Association and was appointed as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives under both Presidents Nixon and Reagan.

"Maine has lost a great man with the passing of Gov. John Reed. He led our state well and served the people of Maine honorably. Having the opportunity to have met him, I know he was a kind man, dedicated Navy veteran, and passionate about public service. We have lost a man who contributed so much to our great state," LePage said in a news release.

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