Stanley Gene Reedy

Stanley Gene Reedy, 82, died Dec. 30, 2022, at his home in Washington, D.C., after living with Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. The third and youngest child of Velda (Grieser) and Clinton Reedy, he was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Pontiac, Ill., and grew up in Graymont, Ill.

He graduated from Goshen College, where he spent his junior year at International Christian University in Japan. He received his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. As a new medical graduate, he was drafted during the Vietnam War. As a conscientious objector, he served his alternative service at Tayu Christian Hospital in rural Java, Indonesia, under Mennonite Central Committee from 1967 to 1971.

Returning to the U.S., he completed his preventive medicine residency and earned a master’s degree in public health degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He then served as director of the Elkhart County Public Health Department. As a public health physician, he often said his patients were the whole county. He balanced his passion for public health work with his weekly bread baking, pancake making and knitting, a skill he learned from his mother-in-law.

His career in public health included stints with MCC in Thailand and Vietnam, where he and his wife, Janet, opened the first postwar MCC office. He was college physician at Goshen College and held medical director positions in Ottawa County and Washtenaw County, Mich. He was a vigorous proponent of public-health and social-justice efforts, including vaccination and anti-poverty programs, women’s health and family planning and accessible and affordable health care.

He married Janet Umble on Aug. 25, 1962. After retirement, they moved to Washington to be closer to family. He was a member of Hyattsville Mennonite Church in Maryland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Ann (Jim) Longacre of Barto, Pa., and Jill Reedy (Andrew Martin) of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Griffith of Goshen, Ind. Another sister, Nancy Miller, preceded him in death.

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