Glenn A. Reed, 1938
An nuclear engineer and commitment to industry safety and improvement.
For achievements as a nuclear engineer and commitment to industry safety and improvement, Vermont Academy honors Glenn Reed, a 1938 graduate, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
After graduating Vermont Academy as Valedictorian and recipient of the Barrett Medal, Reed, with the Headmaster’s encouragement, saved money and enrolled at Northeastern University where he studied mechanical engineering. He left school to serve as a platoon sergeant working in intelligence during World War II, and returned to graduate with honors in 1947. Reed then worked for The New England Electric System, and on secret assignment helped research and develop the first nuclear submarine, the first electricity producing nuclear reactor, the first boiling water reactor, and other groundbreaking projects in nuclear fission.
Beginning in 1956, Reed was a project engineer and manager of the Yankee Atomic Rowe Plant, where he was promoted to design and operate the Connecticut-Haddam Plant. He later moved to manage a new, state-of-the-art plant that became a model of safety and efficiency. After retirement in 1983, Reed served on committees for design, operational, and safety improvements in nuclear energy fields. In 1992, Reed received the Dr. Walter Zinn Award from the American Nuclear Society for his “notable and sustained contribution to the nuclear power industry.”