Compiled by MCJ Staff
Larry Reed, Sr., a record setting star basketball player with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball team in the 1960s and a university Athletics Hall of Famer, died Saturday, April 7, of cancer. He was 72.
Reed played for UWM from 1959-1960 and 1964-67. A member of the All-Decade Team for the 1960s, Reed is second on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,693). He also tallied a school record 1,529 rebounds in his career, making him the only player in school history to have over 1,500 points and 1,500 rebounds in his career.
Reed also led the Panthers in scoring for three seasons, topping the team in his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns.
It was in 1967, after his playing career ended, that Reed became the first Black assistant basketball coach in Wisconsin when he was hired by UWM in 1967.
He later became the first African American assistant basketball coach hired at the University of Wisconsin and was an administrator for the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the second African American in that position in the NBA.
Reed was also a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent, operating Reed & Reed Realty. He also worked in the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department.
Reed was the son of Quiller Harris, the founding evangelist of Hampton Avenue Church of Christ.
Reed is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Reed, children Larry Reed, Jr., Daryl Reed, and Terri Reed- Turner. A son, Damian Reed; and his mother, Odessa Harris, preceded him in death.
A visitation for Reed will be held Friday, April 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Hampton Avenue Church of Christ, 5705 W. Hampton Ave. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 14, at Wisconsin Memorial Park 13235 W. Capitol Drive, with viewing at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m.
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