Stanley Reed

Stanley Reed


Stanley Reed

BSAGE 1973, JD 1976

Owner, Reed Family Farm

Posthumously awarded


Stanley Reed was born in Tennessee and grew up in Marianna, Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree from the U of A in 1973, and a law degree in 1976. While an undergraduate, Stanley was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, president of the inter-fraternity council, president of Cardinal 20 Honor Society, and a member of Blue Key honor society. Stanley married Charlene Berner, also a U of A graduate, in 1973. After receiving his law degree, Stanley returned to Lee County to practice law and farm. A third-generation cotton and soybean farmer, Stanley spent his life advocating for agriculture and rural Arkansas.

A member of the Lee County Farm Bureau, Stanley was elected to the Arkansas Farm Bureau board of directors in 1987 and served on the board for 21 years. He spent six years as secretary-treasurer and four years as vice president, before being electedpresident of the organization in 2003. Stanley led the organization for five years before stepping down voluntarily in 2008. Stanly also spent five years representing Arkansas on the American Farm Bureau board of directors. During this time, Stanley also served t10 years on the U of A board of trustees, including two years as chairman. Stanley was co-chairman of the U of A campaign for the Twenty-First Century and served on the U of A Agricultural Engineering Advisory Board. He received the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He also served on numerous Arkansas boards and agencies including Simmons Bank, the Burlsworth Foundation, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Arkansas World Trade Center, and as chairman of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine Advisory Board.

UAMS established the Stanley E. Reed Memorial Chair in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Injury Prevention in his memory and the Arkansas Farm Bureau created the Stanley Reed Leadership Award. Stanley was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2014. The Reed farm is now a 5,500-acre operation engaged in the production of cotton and soybeans in Lee and St. Francis Counties in Arkansas. Stanley is survived by three children. Daughter Haley is married to Andy Davis, and they have three children. The Reeds’ son Nathan is married to Kristin and currently operates the family farm. They have four children. The youngest Reed daughter, Anna, is married to Frank Phillips.