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Public memorial Thursday for late Davenport Hotel doorman John Reed

UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

John Reed, the dapper doorman who greeted generations of visitors to Spokane’s Davenport Hotel during a 75-year career, died April 9, 2018, at age 88. He was just 13 when the hotel hired him. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
John Reed, the dapper doorman who greeted generations of visitors to Spokane’s Davenport Hotel during a 75-year career, died April 9, 2018, at age 88. He was just 13 when the hotel hired him. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A public memorial is planned for John Reed, the longtime doorman at the Historic Davenport Hotel who died last month at age 88.

Reed worked at the Davenport in some capacity from the time he was 13 until a couple weeks before his death, greeting generations of visitors to the Spokane institution.

The memorial will begin at noon Thursday in the hotel’s Grand Pennington Ballroom. Tom McArthur, a former communications director for the hotel, will emcee the event.

The hotel is at 10 S. Post St. downtown.


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