Eugene F. Reid
1926 - 2005
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Eugene F. Reid Sept. 28, 1926 Oct. 2, 2005 Private services were held for Eugene F. Bud Reid in Carpinteria, California. He passed away Sunday, October 2, 2005. Eugene was born September 28, 1926 in Long Beach, California to Eugene C. and Ethel M. Reid. He attended Long Beach schools and was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. During WWII from 1944-1946, he served in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he began his university studies at Stanford University. His passion for the oil and gas industry blossomed during this time. For practical experience, in the summers of 1948 and 1949, he worked as a rotary helper with his father, E. C. Reid of Gene Reid Drilling, Inc., Bakersfield, California. The family partnership kept him on a path of amazing adventures and experiences as well as great acts of charity. Eugene earned a B.S. and M.S. in Geology at Stanford University. However, the field of geology was not all that interested Eugene. The power of romance overwhelmed him as he graduated from the academic world. He married Marjorie E. Reese on June 18, 1952. In 1959, after a several years of working at Shell Oil Company in Ventura, California, Eugene joined his father at Gene Reid Drilling. The renowned entrepreneur, Armand C. Hammer, approached him and his father and acquired their business, merging it into Occidental Petroleum Corporation of Bakersfield, California. As Occidental grew in leaps and bounds, Eugene honed his creative managerial efforts and skills. He helped guide the development of oil and gas fields in Libya, Africa and eventually became Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Oil & Gas Production (1968-1971). For the years after his Occidental Petroleum service (1972- present), he managed to run privately controlled oil companies such as Sunburst Exploration, Inc., Vortex Petroleum, Inc., and Liodier, LLC. Not only interested in the oil and gas industry, Eugene became involved with many charitable causes including the Boy Scouts of America, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the R. M. Pyles Boys Camp, the Lucile Reid Cancer Institute, and World Scouting. Most cherished by him was his work with Boy Scout organizations at the local and world levels. He became the World Jamboree Committee Chairman (1978-1979) traveling to countries such as Australia, Egypt, Ireland, Senegal, and Thailand broadening his world understanding and fund raising. Eugenes enthusiasm for these activities provided him the opportunity to chair the World Organization of the Scout Movement in Geneva, Switzerland (1990-1993). During his tenure, he and his wife participated in an audience with the Pope as well as meeting many other dignitaries. Besides his efforts in the Scouting world, Eugene served whole-heartedly in many organizations in capacities such as President for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) (1995-1996) and for the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp. Further balancing his life, Eugene spent personal time at home playing competitive games of gin rummy and dominoes as well as gardening. His wife, Marjorie; his children, Jenny, Scott and Kip; and his grandchildren, Kip and Chad, survive him. His sister, Florence Wheeler and his son, Chet, preceded him in death. All who knew him will miss Eugenes sincerity, generosity, spirit, and boundless energy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (AAPG Foundation), the Boy Scouts of America, the Cottage Hospital Foundation, the Thomas Wilson Dibblee, Jr. Geological Foundation, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, or the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 16, 2005.
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August 29, 2020
October 29, 2005

Please accept my deepest condolenses on the loss of you Dad. I have never met him personally but it seems I knew him well as we talked about him so often. I have also found out today that he was even more wonderful than I had known and had touched many lives and spread happiness around. May his soul rest in peace and God Almighty give him special place in His presence and give you the courrage to overcome your grief and celebrate his life and his achievements in this world.
Satwant Bal
October 18, 2005
Sincere condolences to the Reid Family who hold such a special place in my heart.

Many of my childhood memories involve time spent at your home in Bakersfield, as well as the happy weekends at your beach home. The only bummer was that damn dog, Celeste, that always tried to bite me!

As a young adult needing a job Bud was kind enough to find some work for me to do at his office in the Kern Island Building.

We drifted apart but you all have remained in my heart. Upon reading of Bud's passing I felt the need to tell you all, "I love you and thank you being a part of my life!"
Robin (Brown) Acevedo
October 18, 2005
Dear Jenny and Family,
Through the years, we have loss touch, but I just wanted you to know that we were saddened to learn of your dad's passing. Our wish for you is that you are able to smile through the tears as you fondly recall your precious memories. It is ironic that just this last weekend, Lance was telling a story about he and Chet that made us laugh and recall many happy times.
Melissa McMillan Spitzer & Family
Melissa McMillan-Spitzer
October 17, 2005
My meeting with Eugene was brief but inspirational. Whilst residing in San Francisco at Scott Reid's residence, I was very kindly invited to a family evening with The Reid's.

We attended an opening night of a show called "Thwack" starring The Umbilicle Brothers (Two Australian mime artists). Needless to say this was an interesting performance of modern human caricature and sound effects. Whilst we laughed away Bud politely smiled at the prospect of having to sit through the lengthy performance, which he did with such grace!

Mr Reid left a lasting impression on me and was a very affable man, my heartfelt sorrow is with the family at the passing of this wonderful character I simply knew as Bud.

Ian Pancholi,
London, UK
Ian Pancholi
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