SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — John Reed, the dapper doorman who greeted generations of visitors to Spokane’s Davenport Hotel during a 75-year career, has died at age 88.
Family members say Reed died at home, after reluctantly taking the past few weeks off to nurse a foot ulcer.
The Spokesman-Review says Reed started working as a bus boy at the hotel on June 1, 1942. Until recently, he was a fixture at the doors, greeting visitors four days a week, dressed in his black top hat and red three-piece suit.
Reed was just 13 when the hotel hired him. It was World War II, and able-bodied men were in short supply.
He was the last hotel employee who worked directly with Louis Davenport, who opened the hotel in 1913 and died in 1951.