Friday, July 20, 2012

Philanthropist honored by state bar

Reginald Reeves has a long history of giving

Express Staff Writer

Reginald Reeves

Making a difference in the world depends on the contributions of many people, but those people are often inspired by one individual with an uncommon sense of mission.

Attorney and philanthropist Reginald R. Reeves is such a person. Last week, he was given two awards from the Idaho Bar Association, one for outstanding community service and one for his 60-year tenure as an attorney.

Reeves, 87, practices family law in Idaho Falls and lives with his wife, Beverly, in Sun Valley. His recent awards can be added to a treasury of accolades for his work in support of humanitarian causes in Idaho and around the world.

Reeves has also been given the Commander's Award for Public Service, the fourth-highest honor the Army can bestow upon a civilian, the Alumni Hall of Fame award from the University of Idaho and the Governor's Brightest Star award for public service.

Using connections made during his distinguished career in the U.S. military, where he rose to the rank of colonel, Reeves has gathered and distributed millions of dollars worth of food, medical supplies and educational materials to those in need across Idaho, and as far away as Vietnam, Kosovo and the Virgin Islands.

His work to help open offices in Idaho Falls and Boise to assist low-income people to obtain free medication from pharmaceutical companies resulted in $10 million in drugs going to those in need in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 alone, Reeves raised $300,000 for soup kitchens and various homeless shelters and charities.

When asked by the Idaho Bar Association what he has learned form his work in public service Reeves quoted Winston Churchill: "With what you earn you can make a living. With what you give you can make a life."

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