University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Doug Reed, Former Popular Business Management Professor, Passes Away


The Pitt-Johnstown community is saddened by the loss of former Business Management Professor, Doug Reed, who passed away on May 21, 2021 at the age of 72.

"Our world has lost a wonderful man, a great colleague, and a much beloved teacher,” President Jem Spectar said. “Professor Reed's passion for teaching, his positive energy, and his generosity of spirit were infectious, inspiring all who interacted with him.  Pitt Johnstown extends condolences and sympathy to his family, friends and loved ones, including all of his former students."

Professor Reed began teaching fulltime in the Business program in September 2002 and retired in 2014. Prior to joining the Pitt-Johnstown family, Doug was a General Foreman at Gautier Steel at Bethlehem Steel.  He brought his breadth of industry experience and knowledge to the many business management classes he taught which included Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management as well as the capstone class for Business majors called Leadership in Business and Society. He also co-taught an Engineering Leadership class with Dr. Jerry Samples, Division Chair of Engineering. For many years he supervised all Business internships.

“Doug had a big heart and cared deeply about his students’ success—not just in the classroom but in life,” Ray Wrabley, Chair, Division of Social Sciences and Division of Business and Enterprise. “As a teacher he was tender but tough. He could be demanding—demanding that students do their best and be their best. I know he made a difference in the lives of thousands of students.”

“Doug poured his heart and soul into ‘real world’ learning at Pitt-Johnstown, and his students loved him for it,” said John Mcgrath, former marketing professor at Pitt-Johnstown. “He was a true mentor for not only the young people in his courses, but also for hundreds of interns that he sent out into Johnstown community to help others.”

Doug is survived by his wife Vivian, his son Kristopher Reed, his daughter Jennifer Reed, a step son Christopher Byroade and wife Bobbi, a step-daughter Laura Lynn Kopinski and husband Tom, and a step-son Daniel Byroade and fiancée Laken Kuntz, of Irwin; and four grandchildren: Madeline, Emily and Benjamin Kopinski, and Beckham Byroade. A celebration of Doug’s life will be held Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at Homewood at Springhouse Estates, 150 Victoria Ave., Everett, with light refreshments to follow.