Industry remembers ‘pioneer’ Donald Reed

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Donald Reed

Donald Reed, who worked at the Boating Industry Association before it became the National Marine Manufacturers Association, died April 30. He was 89.

Reed was one of the early founders of the NMMA’s certification program and worked with the American Boat and Yacht Council and the International Organization for Standardization.

“Don was a true pioneer in the use of standards and testing in the U.S. recreational boating industry,” Tom Marhevko, former NMMA senior vice president of engineering standards, said in a statement. “Upon his retirement, he was asked to continue to represent the NMMA and the U.S. on many ISO working groups that created the recreational boat standards that are still used today.”

ABYC president John Adey added: “I had the pleasure of knowing Don for several years as a key member of ABYC’s electrical committee. His wit and wisdom will certainly be missed, and his service as an ABYC volunteer has helped make boating safer for all of us.”

Reed’s full obituary is here.


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