Blog Author Honored With Peerless Rockville Wagman Award

Peerless Rockville recognized Jeanne Gartner, the author of this blog, with the 2016 Peerless Rockville Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, historians, visual and performing artists, and members of the press and broadcast media whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development. Instituted in 2001, the award is named for Arthur M. Wagman, a founder of Peerless Rockville and its attorney for the first thirty years. The award was presented on Friday, November 18 at Glenview Mansion, one of Rockville’s most beautiful historic properties.

This marks the 37th year that Peerless has presented awards to acknowledge contributions to Rockville’s architectural, and environmental heritage. In that time Peerless has honored nearly 200 individuals and groups for preservation work, quality design and new construction, educational programs, and other projects that contribute to the City’s character and vitality.

It’s hard to put into words just how special it is for me to receive such prestigious recognition. Although my name is on the award, none of the reasons for winning this award for would be possible without my grandfather, Lewis Reed. This award is for him.

Peerless Rockville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Rockville’s heritage, honored several other organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Rockville’s historic and/or architectural character.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006.

2 responses to “Blog Author Honored With Peerless Rockville Wagman Award”

  1. Phil Brusseau says :

    Congratulations on receiving this award. I just found the blog and Facebook page, and I’m impressed with your hard work in documenting both your family’s business and Rockville. I’ve been away from Rockville for many years, but as a Richard Montgomery High School graduate, a former St Mary’s parishioner, and a long-ago teen-aged trespasser on King Farm and the woods where West Gude Drive now runs, I have many memories of the places you’ve documented, and of Reed Dodge in its second location. I so clearly remember bicycling past the red-entablatured facade of the place, standing on a then rural stretch of 355, and sneaking a look at some particularly sporty job out front. When I returned to D.C. for law school, I’d drive out to have my little Dodge serviced there. I’m sad to hear Reed Brothers, like so many other places from my childhood, is gone.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to visit our blog and FB page! I’m glad it evoked such good memories of your childhood! I’m smiling here at the thought of you as a long-ago teen-aged trespasser on King Farm.. sounds like something I would have done! 🙂

      My Best Regards,
      Jeanne

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