Marjorie Lindsay Reed died on May 1, 2018 at her home in Lake Forest, IL at the age of 96. She was born in Winnetka on April 25, 1922, the fourth of five children of Martin and Margaret Barth Lindsay. She was preceded in death by her sisters Beatrice Wentcher and Isabel Galloway, her brothers David and John Lindsay, and by her husband John Shedd Reed in 2008. After marrying a railroad man in May 1946, they moved from Amarillo to Lubbock to Pueblo to Marceline before settling in Lake Forest in 1955. They are survived by their five children: Ginevra Ralph (Jim), L. Keith (Lisa), Helen, Peter (Alden), and John, Jr. (Leslie); seven grandchildren: Shannon (John) Poynter, Ezra (Liana) Bayles, Will and Molly Reed, Kersey, Isabel and Lindsay Reed; and four great-grandchildren: Ezra, Jin Joo, Charlie, and Selina; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She attended North Shore Country Day School, and graduated from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA (1939) where she was a three-sport athlete (field hockey, tennis and basketball) and recognized as a White Blazer Award winner. She was recently elected a member of The Baldwin School’s Athletic Hall of Fame (2016). She graduated from Vassar College in 1943.
Throughout her life, she retained an avid interest in sports, particularly on the golf course and tennis court. She patiently taught three generations of her family how to grip a racquet and perfect a backhand, often on the same Pine Lake court where she spent her childhood summers in Wisconsin. She was a member of Onwentsia, Shoreacres, and Cypress Point clubs, and for decades enjoyed skiing at Taos Ski Valley. Together with her husband, she explored France on twenty-five annual bicycle trips logging hundreds of miles.
Her love of sports and the outdoors was matched by a deep interest in philosophy and religion. She was actively involved in the Urantia Foundation to promote teachings of the Urantia Book, Lake Forest Friends Meeting, and was a generous supporter of Common Ground, a center for inquiry, study and dialogue. She was also a Life Member of the University of Chicago Divinity School Council.
Her civic involvement included years devoted to the Infant Welfare Society and serving on the board of trustees of Lake Forest Country Day School. She strongly valued and recognized excellence in teaching. She was an Honorary Trustee of John G. Shedd Aquarium and was a devoted patron of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Her warmth, love, humor and broad smile, and sense of wonder about the universe will be deeply missed. Her family extends profound thanks to her devoted friends and caregivers who made her final years so fulfilling and comfortable.
A memorial reception will be held at 3:30 PM Friday, June 29th, 2018 at Onwentsia Country Club. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Open Lands, or a charity of your choosing. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com