He was born to Jay Frederick Reeve (1893–1956), a lawyer, and his wife, née Josephine Medill Patterson (1913–1996), a reporter and airplane pilot. His parents divorced in 1944, and his mother married painter Ivan Le Lorraine Albright in 1946. Joseph and his sister Alice were adopted by their mother's second husband, and their surname became "Albright". Two additional children were born to this second marriage, Adam and Blandina (known as "Dina").
^ abcLawrence Van Gelder (January 18, 1996). "Josephine Patterson Albright, Colorful Journalist, Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2010. Josephine Patterson Albright, who flew the mail, shot tigers in India, covered Chicago crime in journalism's colorful "Front Page" era, ran an Illinois dairy and pig farm, bred horses in Wyoming, wrote a column about her family and helped establish a foundation for journalists, died on Monday at her home in Woodstock, Vt. She was 82. A daughter, Alice Arlen of Manhattan, said the death was caused by complications after a stroke.
^McKinney, Megan (2011), The Magnificent Medills, New York, New York: HarperCollins, pp. 301–2, ISBN978-0-06-178223-7