Donald Anthony Reed, founder and longtime president of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, died of heart failure March 18 in Los Angeles. He was 65.
Born in St. Bernard, La., Reed moved at the age of 9 to Los Angeles, where he later received his B.S. from Loyola Marymount U. and his J.D. from USC.
Compelled by his fascination with science fiction and horror, Reed founded the Count Dracula Society in 1962, a group dedicated to gothic literature. The society hosted various awards shows honoring Christopher Lee, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Wise, Rock Hudson, Elvira and others.
Reed’s later endeavors included the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to honor the genre’s overlooked films and filmmakers with its annual Saturn Awards, which were syndicated to TV in the late 1970s. Reed was the first recipient of the Saturn Award in 1977.
Reed also started the Academy of Family Films and Television in 1980 and the Council of Film Organizations in 1982.
He taught at numerous colleges and universities, including CalArts, L.A. Valley College, USC and Columbia College. In 1980 he was given the L.A. Film Teachers Assn. Award.
In addition to writing a book on the life and work of Robert Redford, Reed penned “The Vampire on the Screen,” “Admiral Leahy at Vichy France,” and “The Science Fiction Film Award.”
Reed is survived by a sister and two brothers.