Professor LaVonda Reed Featured in Veterans Week "Stories of Service"
For Syracuse University Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law LaVonda Reed, service runs deep. The lawyer and academic was born in Quantico, Virginia, after her father, the late U.S. Marine Corps Col. Henry Leon Reed, returned from his first deployment to Vietnam.
“My father was the oldest of eight children—five boys and three girls,” says Reed. “All five boys served in the military, and all three girls married military service members. My paternal grandfather and a paternal great-grandfather and also two maternal great uncles were military veterans as well. One of those uncles, who will celebrate his 102nd birthday this month, was a World War II veteran and retired from the U.S. Navy.” Reed’s father, Henry, met her mother, Brenda, at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) while in line registering for freshman classes and paying fees. He was from Beaufort, South Carolina; she was from Mathews, Virginia.
They began dating and were married just after graduation. Reed deployed as an infantry officer shortly thereafter. At the time of his commissioning, he was among the first black commissioned officers in the Marine Corps ...