Robert George Reid
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Robert George Reid of Bellevue, Wash. died January 27, 2011 of congestive heart failure. He was born October 12, 1921 in Bellingham, Wash. to Burg Reid and Metta Oltman Reid. He was a graduate of the University and Washington and of Midshipman's School at Cornell University. During WWII he was executive officer of a PC, which had the dubious distinction of being hit by one of our own destroyers. He was the last man off the ship before it sunk. After the war he attended Law School at the University of Washington, where he met his wife. Just short of graduation from Law School he went to work for Lakeside Gravel Co. as a salesman and within a short time became general manager. He was very active in forming the city of Bellevue, which became an "All American City" during his term as president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in bringing Puget Sound Power & Light headquarters, Safeway Distribution plant and Coca-Cola to the Eastside and in planning for what is now one of the largest cities in the state. In 1958 he started Reid Sand and Gravel, which became one of the leading ready-mix companies in the Northwest. He was active in the construction industry as a member of Associated General Contractors and funded an endowment for Construction Management at UW. He led an active life and was an avid skier, starting in high school at Mt. Baker, and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable boater. He and Jean owned several residences over the years in Sun Valley, Idaho ? his favorite place. They traveled extensively to various parts of the world. He was a founding member of Overlake Golf & Country Club and was involved in the development of Overlake Hospital. He helped in formation of the Bellevue Club and remained a partner. He was a lifetime member of Seattle Yacht Club and a member of The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, Calif., where he and Jean spent their winters. They both supported UW athletics and were longtime Tyee members, as well as among the first to join the Don James Center. They established an endowment fund to support scholarships in the UW School of Nursing and funded the Deanship there. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 63 years; his son, James, of Eagle, Idaho; granddaughters, Jessica Reid of Boise, Idaho and Sarah Reid of Seattle. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia R. Barrick of Bellingham, Wash. A memorial service was held January 31, 2011 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, CA. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at The Vintage Club at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Seattle Children's Hospital; Mail stop S200, PO Box 5371; Seattle, WA 98145-5005 or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Feb. 6, 2011