A. Charles Reynolds, 82, the assistant executive vice president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington who had been affiliated with the organization since the early 1930s, died of sepsis Aug. 14 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.
In addition to his work with the Boys Clubs, Mr. Reynolds was a referee and timekeeper in professional boxing matches for a number of years. He was a member of the original D.C. boxing commission appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt when boxing was legalized in the city in 1934.
He was the timekeeper in the fight at Griffith Stadium on May 23, 1941, when Buddy Baer (brother of Max Baer) nearly managed to knock out the famed Joe Louis. Louis recovered, and went on to win that fight with a knockout of his own. Mr. Reynolds told a Post reporter in a 1976 interview that the best fighters he ever saw were Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis.
How good a referee was he? In the late 1940s, one sports columnist wrote a piece saying that Mr. Reynolds, Eddie LaFond, and Marty Gallagher, all of Washington, had created a "brand of refereeing that is pretty good. In fact, it is just about tops. Boxing managers and the boxers themselves will tell you there are few equals of Reynolds when it comes to using judgment in calling a fight. It is almost a gift. Seldom, if ever, has the man for whom he cast his vote lost the decision."
The columnist went on to say that Mr. Reynolds was utterly fearless, believed in his own judgment to the limit, and had the fight in his hands at all times.
Mr. Reynolds was a native of New York City and attended New York University. He served in the Navy for 12 years before moving here in 1930. He worked a short time for the Knights of Columbus youth program before joining the Boys Clubs. He rose from executive director of the Clubs' Southeast branch, to athletic director for the Clubs of Greater Washington, and finally, about 25 years ago, to the post he held at his death.
He was the recipient of the Boys Clubs' distinguished service award and its J. Edgar Hoover award for outstanding service to youth. He was a member of the Touchdown, Home Plate, Optimists, and Northeast Kiwanis clubs. He also was a member of the Georgetown Big Brothers Club.
Survivors include his wife, Leone H. of Washington; three brothers, John of Bayside, N.Y., Charles of Miami Lake, Fla., and Jerry of New York City, and four sisters, Beatrice Jackson of Plainfield, N.J., Virginia Tociki of Woodside, N.Y., Helen Daly of Yonkers, N.Y., and Rose Mary Sullivan of Rockaway Beach, N.Y.