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William Standish Reed, M.D., Collection: Biography

This guide presents the collection of works, contributions, and background of Dr. William Standish Reed

Biography of William Standish Reed, M.D.

William Standish Reed, M.D. (1922-2010) was born in Port Huron, Michigan during a snow storm on May 25, 1922.  He earned an honors scholarship to the University of Michigan, where he became the youngest graduate at that time. He then graduated from the University of Michigan’s Medical School as Valedictorian, and later received his Master of Science in Surgery there. Dr. Reed served in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer and practiced surgery in the U.S. and abroad. He was a trained medical and spiritual healer, witnessing many medical miracles of the Holy Spirit on his life journey—he became an expert in the healing power of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Reed was published in numerous medical journals and wrote several books that outlined his belief in the healing power of prayer in the practice of medicine. His practice was primarily directed toward patients who were “medically hopeless.” He became founder and president of the Christian Medical Foundation.

 In addition, he was an active speaker in the 1970s and 80s for the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Dr. Reed was an accomplished violinist and vocalist known for his booming bass voice, as well as an avid poet, reader, and collector of books. He also had a collection of thousands of reel-to-reel recordings of early Christian conferences and speakers in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. He donated these recordings to Regent University Library in 2009. After Dr. Reed’s untimely death in 2010, his wife Coppi donated his remaining archives.