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HU Grapples With Loss

Students, faculty and Howard community reflect on the impact Kevin Reed left on the university.

Campus Editor

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:10


Reed with 2011-2012 Mr. and Miss Howard

Kevin Reed came to Howard University in April of 2007 as an Assistant Director in Student Activities and got promoted in 2010 to be Associate Director of Student Activities. As such, Reed was charged with the task of handling many university-wide student organizations. So, imaginably, when news of his passing spread, the student body took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to bid him farewell.
“When I heard the news, my heart, it hurt so bad,” said senior, nutritional science major, Ashlee Thomas, former Miss Howard. “As soon as I met him, he treated me like the daughter he never had. It’s a really hard time for me because he was so young and he had such a great, genuine spirit.”
Reed worked with The Hilltop, Homecoming Steering Committee, Mr. and Miss Howard Royal Court along with planning events that was put on by the Office of Student Activities.  
The students who worked with him agree that he was tough, but it was all in love. Senior, Trey Poindexter worked with Reed through “The Grind to Prestige” homecoming steering committee. However, Poindexter said that his fondest memory was when he was working on the “Dynasty” staff, which was for 2010’s homecoming.
“He was like a father-figure for me. He was able to mold my skills into something better,” Poindexter said. “He was always hard on us because he always want to see the best in you. But it was always cool to have somebody to laugh and joke with. He would joke like he was another peer.”
Receiving his B.A. and M.A. in History from Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, Reed did not follow that path. Instead, he pursued event planning. Throughout his career, he specialized in event management and coordination. He was recognized by the Who’s Who Cambridge Registry of Executives and Professionals and was a certified meeting planner.
Senior, pubic relations major, Rykia Dorsey worked with Reed for three years and said that she will miss his student-friendly agenda.
“I worked with him on NPHC, HUSA and all I can say is he was really good to the student body,” Dorsey said. “I think what I love about him is that in spite of all his antics, his heart was always in the right place. It was nice having somebody who had that student focus.”
Dorsey said that despite her sadness of his passing, she’s glad she had the opportunity to meet Reed. 
“His passing was a shocker but I definitely thank God for the time that I had to work with him,” Dorsey said. 
On Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the West Ballroom there will be a memorial service held in his honor.
“Kevin was one of a kind: boisterous, loyal, witty, resilient, sensitive, determined, playful and strong.  He sought only to mentor, support and teach his students the realities of the cruel and harsh world, so that they would be prepared to face it and succeed. 
He sought only to be the best man he could be.  He was unforgettable and he will be missed,” Lennon Jackson, director of Student Activities, said.  
Reed was 42.

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