David L. Reed, 53

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FALMOUTH — David L. Reed, 53, died Dec. 31 at Maine Medical Center, surrounded by his loved ones, after a battle with complications from cancer.

Reed was born May 21, 1961, in Queens, New York. His parents, Edward Reed and Helene Pollins Reed, brought up David and his younger brother, Steven, in Caldwell and West Caldwell, New Jersey.

David graduated from James Caldwell High School in 1979, and in 1984 earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, with a major in psychology and a minor in photography.

After a year of volunteer work at the United Way, Reed decided to pursue clinical psychology as a career. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in the field at the University of South Florida.

Reed was a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 1994. He also completed the Problem-Solving Treatment for Primary Care Certification Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2003.

He served as a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School from 1995-2003, and was a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

A devoted husband and father, Reed centered his life around his family. He also enjoyed running, skiing, cycling, tennis and cooking with his family and friends. He was known for love of life, his keen sense of humor and his wonderful smile.

Reed is survived by his wife, Rachel Rodetsky Reed, and sons, Sam and Max Reed, all of Falmouth; his parents, Edward and Helene Reed, of East Windsor, New Jersey; brother Steven Reed, sister-in-law Maggie Reed and Maggie’s daughters, Bridget and Joanna Patterson, all of Southampton, New Jersey; sister-in-law Laurie Rodetsky Joffe, brother-in-law Jeffrey Joffe, niece Sydney Rodetsky and nephew Ethan Rodetsky, all of Punta Gorda, Florida; his mother-in-law, Charlotte Rodetsky, of Portland; and the many other relatives and friends who loved him.

Services were held Jan. 4 at Bet Ha’am Synagogue, in South Portland, followed by interment at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Reed’s name can be made to Winter Kids, P.O. Box 7566, Portland, ME 04112 (or online at winterkids.org), or to the Falmouth Food Pantry, 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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