Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

For immediate release:

Thursday, March 1, 2001

Mohawk Superintendent Edward F. Reynolds dies at age 55

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord announced today that Mohawk Superintendent Edward F. Reynolds, a 32-year veteran state employee, died this morning after being stricken at his residence on the grounds of the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy.

Superintendent Reynolds suffered what appears to have been a heart attack at his residence early this morning. He was rushed by ambulance to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica. He was pronounced dead shortly after 7 a.m.

Commissioner Goord said, "Our hearts and sympathies go out to Ed's wife, Kathleen, and their children Jennifer, Floyd ("Buddy") and Sarah. Ed was my close friend as well as a colleague for more than two decades. He was the consummate professional and his love and caring for people was the hallmark of his professional and personal lives."

Commissioner Goord said, "It is usually a cliche to say that someone will be greatly missed. But it is true in Ed's case. He led by example and he constantly thought of new and innovative ways to meet his mission regardless of his position or title within this Department that he served so well.

"Throughout his career, his co-workers and staff were his prime concern and obligation. But he was also concerned that the inmates under his custody had appropriate programs and work assignments that would aid them upon their release. Offering inmates true rehabilitative programs was a serious business and goal for Ed."

Mr. Reynolds also served as Hub Superintendent, or regional director, of prisons that included Marcy, Mid-State, Mohawk, Oneida, Hale Creek, Summit, Georgetown and Pharsalia. Out of respect for Superintendent Reynolds, Commissioner Goord has ordered that flags at all eight institutions be flown at half-staff beginning today through and including the day of Mr. Reynolds' funeral (which has not been set as of this writing).

Mr. Reynolds, born on June 22, 1945, began his state service in 1969 at the Central Islip State Hospital. He joined this Department in 1972 as a principal account clerk at Attica. He has been Superintendent at Mohawk since August 1994. Prior to his current position, he had served almost seven years as Superintendent at Oneida and five years as Superintendent at the prison in Watertown.

His previous positions included serving as deputy superintendent for administration at first Bedford Hills and then at Eastern Correctional Facility, steward at Elmira, and had earlier supervised Industries programs at Albion and then Eastern. Industries shops produce such state goods as office furniture, license plates, cleaning supplies, officer uniforms, sheets and pillow cases for inmates, road signs and other products.

No decision has yet been made on an interim or permanent successor to Superintendent Reynolds. A decision will be announced when it is made.