Monday, August 8, 2016

Reed Callister 1902 - 1989

Reed Eddington Callister, prominent attorney and former president of the British Mission in London for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, Sept. 29, 1989, in a Salt Lake hospital. He was 87.

Mr. Callister had a successful law practice in the Los Angeles area for more than 50 years and founded KIEV Radio in Glendale, where he lived with his family. He was on the disciplinary committee of the California State Bar Association and served on the Family Law Commission for that state.Mr. Callister was a member of the LDS Church and served it in various capacities throughout his life. As a young man he served a mission in the British Isles. Later, he was a bishop in the Glendale West Ward for nine years. After serving as mission president in London, he was a sealer in the Los Angeles Temple. He actively raised funds for Brigham Young University and in 1958 the university presented him a Special Service Award. In 1974, he was made an honorary member of the BYU Alumni Association.

Born in Salt Lake City, Mr. Callister graduated from LDS High School and the University of Utah before obtaining his law degree from George Washington University.

Funeral will be held Monday, Oct. 2, at noon in the Eagle Gate Stake Center, Third Avenue and A Street. Friends may call an hour before services. Burial will be in the Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.
BYU address:

President Wilkinson: 

I have the honor to present Reed Eddington Cal- 
lister, humble Church leader, successful businessman, 
distinguished lawyer, and devoted friend of Brigham 
Young University. 

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 26, 
1901, he attended the public schools in that city. 
After two years at the University of Utah, he entered 
George Washington University Law School from 
which he was graduated with an LL.B. degree in 
1929. In the meantime, he had served in the British 
Mission of the Church from 1924 to 1926, part of 
that time as president of the Scottish Conference. 

On March 9, 1929, he married Norinne Richards 

in the Salt Lake Temple. In his customarily modest 

way, he characterizes that event as his only claim to 
greatness. As a businessman he has achieved success 
in radio and other fields, having been president of one 
radio corporation and owning an interest in another. 
As a lawyer he has been practicing in California since 
his graduation from law school in 1929 and at the 
present time is a partner in the Los Angeles firm of 
Cannon and Callister. 

As a church leader he has served as superinten- 
dent of the Y.M.M.I.A., as president of a High 
Priests' quorum, as a high councilman, as a counselor 
in three bishoprics, and for the past seven years as 
bishop of the Glendale West Ward in Glendale, Cal- 
ifornia. As a husband and father he has been devoted 
to his wife and six children, three of whom have al- 
ready attended Brigham Young University. 

As a friend of Brigham Young University he has 
expressed his interest and support in many tangible 
ways. For example, as the "father" of his ward, he 
has encouraged or made it financially possible for 
thirty or more members to attend this institution each 
year. Furthermore, he believes that this is the "Uni- 
versity of Destiny" and that those who support it 
should not be limited to the Church and its members. 
Through his efforts over a period of years a non- 
member of the Church has recently established a 
series of trusts as a result of which the University 
will very likely receive in excess of one million 

Mr. President, for his unselfish interest in and 
service to Brigham Young University, it is most fit- 
ting and proper that Bishop Reed Eddington Callister 
receive the first Brigham Young University Special 
Service Award ever to be presented, and I take great 
pleasure in recommending him for that honor. 
Reed is reportedly the boy in the 2nd row, holding the hat.