Rex Reynolds Jr., 82, a Dodge City native and direct descendant of pioneers who settled in the legendary Old West, died Monday, Dec. 10 in Philadelphia, Penn. Reynolds was born Oct. 18, 1930 to Anna Clara “Steve” Reynolds and Rex Reynolds Sr. in Dodge City. He attended Dodge City Community College, Emporia State University, Baker University and the University of Kansas.
For 30 years, he operated Allied Educational Services, a literacy education publishing firm.
Possessing many interests and educated in several disciplines, Reynolds was a primary and secondary school teacher, and an industrial psychology researcher at the University of Chicago. He was also a concert pianist, a track and field star, a rigger, a firefighter, a gourmet chef, a connoisseur of fine wines, an honorary deputy sheriff and a notorious prankster in high school.
Reynolds’ family roots in the Old West run deep. His great grandfather, Philander Gillette (P.G.) Reynolds, established a stagecoach line from Dodge City to Fort Supply in what is now Oklahoma in 1875. P.G. Reynolds’ brother, Milton, was a newspaper man who established the Parsons Sun newspaper in 1871 and the Edmund (Okla.) Sun in 1889. Reynolds’ grandfather, George Reynolds, was a survivor of a house fire started during a Quantrill raid while living in Lawrence, Kan. and ran the family's stagecoach line as well. Reynolds’ father, Rex Reynolds Sr., was the longtime Dodge City water commissioner.
In recent years, Reynolds was renowned for his long-standing talent as a concert pianist, appearing at colleges, churches and other institutions in several states. He recently related having practiced almost daily for more than 60 years, with the exception of the time he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
His daughter, Rachel R. Reynolds of Philadelphia survives him, as does his son, Rex K. Reynolds of Ridgefield, Conn.; his former wife, W. Ann Reynolds of Key West, Fla.; grandchildren Cora Reynolds-McCall of Philadelphia, Penn. and Alexa and Charlotte Reynolds of Ridgefield, Conn.