Re: “Pair accuse Lakewood ex-Scout leader, librarian of sexual abuse” (TNT, 9-9).
I am a lifelong resident of Tacoma. I have known Gary Reese for more than 30 years now. When I was a young man (in the late 1970s and up until 1986), I was a regular at the Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room. Tacoma history was my passion, and I would frequent the little corner back then, and had access to the Boland Collection, which I would help catalog and organize.
I spent countless hours in that room and cave-like archive, often alone with Reese. In all those years, he was a consummate gentleman and mentor. He was always encouraging and polite, and never once made me feel at all uncomfortable.
In my adult life, I have been a professional youth worker for more than 20 years and have developed a finely tuned radar for youth protection. Reese has never even been a blip on that radar.
I have had occasion, more recently, to have Reese lecture for several Masonic organizations and still find him to be the gentleman he ever was. I stand in full support of my mentor and friend, Gary Reese.