The Hon. Nat Reed ’51 – A Great Floridian

Here is the citation from his 2011 Great Floridian Award: Nathaniel Pryor Reed – Over the last half century, Nathaniel Reed has distinguished himself as an environmental advisor to seven Florida governors from both political parties, and as Assistant Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Nixon and Ford. He has been a lifelong crusader on behalf of the Everglades. Mr. Reed’s public service career in Florida began in 1962, when he became involved in strengthening the policies regarding salvage and treasure leases in Florida’s territorial waters.  In 1967, Reed accepted Governor Claude Kirk’s offer to serve as the state’s first Governor’s Environmental Counsel.  Reed played a key role in opposing the Florida Jetport and the Cross Florida Barge Canal.  Governor Bob Graham appointed Reed to serve on the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, a position he held for fourteen years, being subsequently reappointed by Governors Martinez and Chiles.

Reed chaired the committee that developed the mechanisms to create and fund Florida’s ambitious state land acquisition programs which have protected more than 2.4 million acres of land.  He co-chaired the committee which called for establishment of the Florida Greenaways program, and served on ELMS II, which led to the creation of Florida’s comprehensive plan and greater regional planning.  To this day, his leadership continues to transform the environmental culture, values and public policies of Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

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Deerfield, MA 01342