Dr. G. P. Reed Medical Student Scholarship
Drs. Paul and Reed Benhamou established the Dr. G. P. Reed Medical Student Scholarship to honor Reed Benhamou’s grandfather. Guy Pace Reed (1875-1952) was “G. P.” to his friends and “Doc” to much of Decatur County, Iowa, where he practiced medicine for over 50 years.
Born to a hardscrabble Missouri farmer, he was one of 10 children and one of 4 who became doctors. In his late teens, he taught school for one year to 8th-grade boys who were his age (and, he said, a lot bigger). He enrolled at the University of Missouri in 1895; attended the new medical college (the College of Physicians and Surgeons) in Keokuk, Iowa, the following year; returned to Missouri to enter the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons; and received his medical degree in 1899.
He practiced medicine locally, re-enrolled at the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons to complete its newly instituted fourth year, and graduated a second time in 1901. He met Edith in St. Louis, and married her in 1900. They moved to Davis City, Iowa, where two physicians were already serving the then prosperous community.
In his later years, Dr. Reed would tell how he crated the impression of a busy practice by harnessing his team and racing out of town, only to relax under a tree or beside a stream during the time of the supposed house call. Eventually, folks noted that “Doc Reed” seemed to be much in demand, and began to seek him out for their own medical care. He practiced continuously in Davis County until his death, except for six months in 1912, when he went to Vienna, Austria, to study surgery. His was truly a general practice, in which he set bones, delivered babies, treated childhood diseases, conducted annual tonsillectomy clinics, and applied radium to skin cancers.
There are still people in Davis City who remember the care he gave them or their parents—the way he drove folks to the nearby hospital, operated on them, and brought them home when they were healed—and the fact that he billed once a year. This scholarship commemorates his dedication to his profession and his practice.
Congratulations on receiving the Dr. G. P. Reed Medical Student Scholarship