Plan II Alumni: 1940s
Harry L. Reed
After completing graduation requirements in July of 1943, I became a U.S. Naval Officer for 3 years, spent mostly in the Pacific on two minesweepers, (was skipper of the second one), where I learned how to sweep mines when they get dirty, how to chase submarines (presuming they would run from us) and what a great food Spam is (as long as you don't try to eat it). We got shot at many times in the operation to reclaim Guam, but were never hit. Then to Law School at UT, finishing in 1948. Then came 37 years with Shell's Legal Department, retiring in 1985 to become Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston (where and which I still am). I had been an adjunct teacher at STCL since 1952 and must have taught well over 8,000 lawyers all told, many of whom became judges. Highwater marks of Plan II for me were: Dr. Clarence Ayres's course in Social Science, Dr. Annie S. Irvine's course in World Literature and Dean H. T. Parlin's course in Modern Literature. Personal Data: married 54 years to Betty Ghiselin (Southwestern U., 1948); 4 grown married children; 7 grandchildren. The marriage and children were all on purpose! I plan to become the oldest living Plan II graduate.