Was special-projects director at MCA/Universal

Joanne Reeves, former director of special projects at MCA/Universal, died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Sept. 29 in Burbank, Calif. She was 82.

Reeves spent 27 years at MCA/Universal.

Her first job in the entertainment industry was answering fan mail for the TV show “Ben Casey” at Desilu Studios, followed by a stint at the special effects company Howard Anderson during the original “Star Trek” series era.

She worked as an assistant at Paul Newman’s Newman-Foreman Prods. in a bungalow on the Universal lot and assisted the studio’s VP of public relations, Herb Steinberg, until she was named director of special events for MCA Corporate, holding various positions at the company until retiring in 1996.

Reeves organized events for MCA/Universal ranging from movie premieres to U.S. presidential visits.

Reeves coordinated the Golden Boot Awards for more than 20 years and was also involved with the Prism Awards. She was the first female president of the Universal City Sunrise Rotary, in 1994-95.

Survivors include by three daughters; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.

A celebration of her life will be held in a month’s time.

Memorial gifts may be made to Providence St. Joseph’s Foundation, 501 S. Buena Vista, Burbank CA 91505.

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