Meet George Waters, One of Reed Brothers’ Longest Tenured Employees

George Waters

George Raymond Waters holds the distinction of being among one of the longest tenured employees in Reed Brothers Dodge history.

George Raymond Waters worked as a mechanic and auto body repair specialist at Reed Brothers for over 30 years. I do not know the exact dates of his employment, but George’s 30+ years of tenure which started sometime in the early-mid 1940’s, puts him among a handful of employees who worked at both Reed Brothers locations, at the triangle at Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike and at the new location at 15955 Frederick Road in Rockville.

George did auto body work and all of the radiator rebuilds (acid dip, pressure wash, repaint and seal). George also drove the Reed Brothers company tow truck. He was on 24-hour call and his personal phone number was listed with the local police departments. Rain or shine, sleet or snow, day or night, George was available 24-7 and always made sure that when people were in need, they were taken care of.

1946 Company party held in Rockville Hungerford Tavern

This personnel picture was taken January 15,1946 when Reed Brothers held its annual dinner at the Hungerford Tavern. George Waters, third row, far left.

George’s three-plus decades at Reed Brothers spanned some major and minor bumps in the road for the business. He was with Reed Brothers through three renovations and expansions, including demolition of the 1953 service station to make room for a new free standing Gulf Service Station and a new car showroom.

1950 Employee Group at annual company party

This 1950 employee group photo was taken inside the new car showroom at its original location in Old Rockville at the triangle at Veirs Mill Road and Rockville Pike. George Waters, second row, 2nd from right

When the state widened the roads in 1970, George relocated with Reed Brothers to its new location at 15955 Frederick Road in Rockville. Turning out to honor the company at their Grand Opening were several hundred dignitaries, officials, businessmen, and friends. The new building marked Reed Brothers 55th year of selling Dodge’s. The gentleman in the hat in the picture below is George Waters.

George Waters

This photo was taken during the 1970 Grand Opening of Reed Brothers new location at 15955 Frederick Road in Rockville. George Waters is third from right in the hat.

Reed Brothers didn’t just slip and fall into success over the course of almost a century of being in business. We were propelled there by the hard work of our employees. For us to be able to say that we’ve had anyone work for our company for more than 30 years is a milestone that is unsurpassed. We should all aspire to do what we love in our work, and I think George’s long history with Reed Brothers is a testament to that.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Meet George Waters, One of Reed Brothers’ Longest Tenured Employees”

  1. Raymond Waters says :

    Thank you! Great article about my Dad. I remember when he retired in the 70s. I asked him what is he going to do. He replied, “Oh, clean the gutters and wash the windows.” I shook my head. He did travel to Hawaii with friends later. He also attended ‘Adult’ parties in the neighborhood (only for those over 60!).
    Raymond Waters

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Raymond, Your father was a very good man. I knew him for such a long time he felt like extended family to me. So happy you enjoyed the post.

      My Best Regards,
      Jeanne

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