Mrs. Reed was a graduate of Vassar College and Villanova University School of Law. She joined Duane Morris as a summer associate while still in law school and never worked anywhere else. She became a partner in 1990.
Mrs. Reed "was very well-known nationally, not only as a top bankruptcy lawyer, but, in particular, as one of the leading women lawyers in that field, which historically has been dominated by men. She was a real force to be reckoned with," Soroko said.
Her work was recognized by many organizations. In addition to her fellowship with the American College of Bankruptcy, Mrs. Reed chaired the Bankruptcy Conference for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a director of the Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society.
Mrs. Reed represented financial institutions, insurance companies, and creditors in bankruptcy cases.
"She was tremendously accomplished, very much in demand by clients for her legal skills, and among younger lawyers in the firm for her skills as a teacher and mentor," Soroko said."
She could be serious and matter-of-fact, Soroko said, but was always "very cheerful and optimistic, a can-do person."
U.S. Circuit Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, a friend and former colleague, said Mrs. Reed always had a positive attitude. "I can only picture her - whether working on cases at the firm or more recently, chatting over dinner - with a smile on her face and laughter about something bizarre that had happened. I will remember her always as the consummate professional and friend," Rendell said in a statement.
Mrs. Reed's illness was long and painful, but "she never complained," Rendell said. "When you were with her, it was never about her."
Survivors include her husband, Raymond "Duffy" Reed, and a daughter, Rachel.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Beth David Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, Pa. 19034. Burial will be in Haym Salomon Memorial Park, Frazer. Shivah will be observed at the Reed home at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
Contributions may be made to the Penn Thyroid Center, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Medicine, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia 19104, or the congregation at the address above.