Beatrice Murray Reed

Real Estate Broker

Beatrice Murray Reed, 83, a retired Washington area real estate broker who had been active in civil rights groups, died of cancer Aug. 22 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Reed had owned and operated Beatrice M. Reed Real Estate Co., first in Washington and then in Silver Spring, since 1949.

She was a past president of the Washington Real Estate Brokers Association (Realtists), the Century Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, and the Caribbean American Intercultural Organization.

She had served on the boards of Black Professionals in International Affairs and the National Congress of Black Women Inc. She was a life member of Africare.

Mrs. Reed, was born in Grenada and came to the Washington area as a teenager. She graduated from Cardoza High School and Howard University.

Before starting her real estate business, she had worked for the War Production Board, served on the staff of a USO club for black soldiers at Union Station and was executive assistant to the local director of the NAACP.

Mrs. Reed also had belonged to the Urban League and had taken part in such civil rights work as projects involving the integration of unions in the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Her marriages to George Reed and then Elmer Jones both ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter by her first marriage, Yvonne K. Seon of Cheverly; a sister, Marie Murray Jackson of New York; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.