Honorable Judges of the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland
I wish to Present to this Honorable Court a Testimonial Honoring the late Judge John R. Reeves.
Your Honors, Members of the Montgomery County Bar Association.
Judge John R. Reeves
Judge John R. Reeves was born in Washington, D. C. on July 7, 1906, and was a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, died on Monday June 1, 1959 after facing an ordeal of suffering and death with rare courage and steadfast faith. While fighting this illness he discharged his legal, civic and religious obligation so long as it was physically and mentally possible for him to do so. During his waning days on earth he rested at every opportunity in order to muster enough strength to forcefully present his clients’ cases before the Courts of Maryland. Such courage is rarely equaled.
All of us know knew Judge Reeves over the years were amazed at his energy and stamina in participating in many undertakings. Although many of us would have pulled over to the sidelines if we were to attempt his pace, we would find Judge Reeves smiling and courteous to all he greeted, generous with his time and contributions and eager to drive on to another project with more vigor.
Judge Reeves was educated in the public schools of Washington, D. C. and received his LLB at National University Law School in 1929. He was admitted to the District of Columba Bar in April 1930 and to the Maryland Bar in 1939. In 1930 and 1931 he was an Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. In 1931 he entered the private practice of law in the District of Columbia and then moved his practice to Montgomery County, Maryland in 1939. During the years 1941 to 1944 and again for 1946 he performed the duties of United States Commissioner for the District of Maryland. He was appointed Judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County by Governor McKeldin in 1956 and served in this capacity through 1958.
Judge Reeves was very active in the Republican Party. After serving in the United States Navy from February 1944 to February 1946 and being Honorably Discharged with the rank of Lieutenant, he was elected and served as a member of the House of Delegates of Maryland from 1947 to 1951. From 1951 to 1955 he served as Secretary of the State of Maryland. He also served as President of the Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan Association from 1951 to 1956 and later served as the Chairman of the Board.
Judge Reeves held the offices of Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Montgomery County Bar Association and served as Vice President of the Maryland State Bar Association for the 6th Judicial Circuit. He was also a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He held the offices of Secretary, Vice President and President of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Lions Club. He was a charter member and devoted worker for Camp Echo Lake, Inc. and served as President of this organization, which assists the underprivileged youth of Montgomery County, for two terms 1953 to 1955. He served as President of the Montgomery County Historical Society, Inc. and was a member of numerous other organizations.
Judge Reeves is survived by his wife, Lucille M. Reeves; a daughter, Mrs. Robert K. Leopold and a son, John R. Reeves, Jr.
Your Honors, I respectfully request that this memorial Testimonial, honoring Judge Reeves, be placed among the appropriate Records of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.
F. Archie Meatyard, Jr.