CASTINE – James A. Reed, 89, an aide to Pres. John F. Kennedy and assistant secretary of the Treasury from 1962 to 1965, died Aug. 23, 2006, at a Blue Hill Hospital. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Reed, then a Massachusetts attorney and a longtime friend, to the position of special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, specializing in anti-trust matters. In 1962, Kennedy appointed Reed as assistant secretary of the Treasury, overseeing U.S. Customs, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Mint, the Bureau of Narcotics and all law enforcement departments of the Treasury, except the Secret Service. Reed continued to serve in that capacity after the assassination of the President, in charge of reorganizing the Customs Service. Reed met the future president on the USS Rochambeau, en route to the South Pacific in 1943. They served together in Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Two in the Pacific. Reed was on the island of Tulagi when the injured Kennedy returned to the base there. When they returned together to Boston, they remained friends. Reed helped with Kennedy’s first and subsequent political campaigns. Reed was an usher at the wedding of then Senator Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. Working under Attorney Gen. Robert F. Kennedy, Reed played a lead role in a landmark decision involving the Philadelphia Bank merger, upheld upon appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Reed was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Class of 1937; Amherst College, Class of 1941; and in 1948, the Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Concord, N.H., and Springfield, Mass., prior to 1961. After leaving government service, he became the New York partner of a Paris-based law firm. In 1968, he joined with Robert B. Anderson, Eisenhower’s former secretary of the Treasury, in international business ventures. Reed continued this work with his own firm from 1975 on. Reed was a special counsel to the Shah of Iran, under the Pahvlavi Foundation. A longtime resident of Castine, Reed owned and preserved a former British Tavern, built in 1760, and situated along the Bagaduce River. Known as the Avery Manor, the building still contains on its fireplace mantel the carved initials of the commanding officer of the British garrison stationed in Castine, during the War of 1812. He is survived by his longtime and beloved companion, Barbara Alden Campbell of Hancock, N.H.; and by his former wife, Julia Read Reed of Longmeadow, Mass. He had four children, Candace Stern, goddaughter of President Kennedy, of Ramsay, N.J., Susan MacNair of Castine, Rosmunde Curran of Longmeadow, Mass., and Craig Reed of Houston; nine grandchildren and one grandson. Funeral services for James A. Reed will be held 4 p.m. Sept. 1, at the Unitarian Church of Castine. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill.