The Dauphin County Library System : Open for Discovery

Named Areas at the Library

William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Donald A. Reed Plaza

Donald A. Reed’s 1992 bequest to the Dauphin County Library System was an important element in moving the project for a new library from vision to realization.

Mr. Reed, a 1943 graduate of Hummelstown High School, was by all descriptions a quiet, thoughtful and devout member of the community. A bright young man, he entered Drexel University following service in the U.S. Army in World War II, during which he fought in the “Battle of the Bulge.” He was among those who took advantage of the G.I. Bill for his college education. Excelling at Drexel, he then continued his education and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University, after which he enjoyed a successful long-term career with Armstrong World Industries.

Mr. Reed never married, and when he died at age 67 on August 6, 1992, he was the last member of his family. However, Hummelstown had never left his mind and was as close to “family” as he had left. When his estate was settled, he left his “family” a total of one million dollars – a quarter million each to Trinity United Methodist Church, The Hummelstown Fire Company, The Hummelstown Area Historical Society and The William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library.

Donald Reed’s generous gift to the library was invested and provided the funding needed to purchase and prepare the site for building. The Donald A. Reed Plaza, the outdoor area where library patrons can go to read in nice weather or small groups can gather, is named in his honor.