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REYNOLDS, Rex

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REYNOLDS, Rex. (Ashland, KY, Apr. 27, 1929--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 15, 2012). Reynolds was considered the "architect" of Dubuque's TELEVISION franchise with Teleprompter, Inc. His efforts led to him receiving the City Council's Outstanding Service Award in 1981. The cable franchise, selected as a national model for municipalities, established Dubuque's Cable Administrator, Regulatory Cable Commission, Cable Programming Commission, and provided for continuing technological updating and the addition of channels and services.

In 1981 Reynolds was an unsuccessful candidate to represent the 4th Ward on the Dubuque City Council. As an officer of Heritage Trails, Inc., he negotiated the purchase of twenty-five miles of Chicago, Northwestern Railroad right-of-way from Dubuque to Dyersville for use as a county trail. He served on regional, state, and local civic and church organizations. These included the Dubuque Cable Commission, Metropolitan Board of Education for the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE, the board of directors of Keystone Area Education Agency, DUBUQUE ARTS COUNCIL, Hancher Guild (Iowa City), Iowa Association of Local Arts Councils (Ames), and the Iowa Forensic League. Reynolds served as a parliamentarian for many private and public organizations.

Reynolds, with graduate degrees from the University of Iowa in rhetoric and law, was a professor at LORAS COLLEGE where he served as chairman of the Department of Speech Communication, chairman of the Division of Humanities, director of forensics, and director of basics (freshman studies). He was an arbitrator for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and the editor of the Iowa Journal of Speech Communication.

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Obituaries. Leonard Funeral Home. Online: http://www.leonardfuneralhome.com/archive---jan-to-nov-2012