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Theodore H. Reed, 90; transformed Washington’s National Zoo

WASHINGTON — Theodore Reed, who transformed the National Zoo into an international destination, most notably through the acquisition of two giant pandas that sparked Washington’s love affair with the black-and-white bears, died July 2 at a nursing home in Milford, Del. He was 90.

The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, Mark Reed, executive director of the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan.

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