Harry F. Reid Jr.

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Harry Fairfax Reid Jr., 96, of Towson, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.

Born June 22, 1917, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Harry Reid Sr. and Marjorie Easton Ramsay Reid. Twice married, he was the husband of Elenor Gibson Phipps, of Towson, who he married in 1942, and who died in 1973; and of Margery McShane Krause, of Baltimore, who he married in 1974, and who died in 2012.

He attended Baltimore City Schools and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1935. He attended Swarthmore College, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and a member of Tau Beta Pi, an honorary engineering society. In three years, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors.

In 1940, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. Later that year he volunteered for active duty and reported to the Ordnance Training Center at Aberdeen. After being transferred to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, he was responsible for developing the Army's first "igloo," a portable structure that was the prototype of the Army's current Modular Command Post System. For this work, he was awarded a commendation from the Commanding General, I Corps.

Subsequently, he spent most of the following four years in command of ordnance units in training for field service. He also served on the Headquarters Staff of the Fourth Army before going to Okinawa. He was released from active duty in March 1946 but remained in the Army Reserves until 1952.

Following his service in World War II, he joined Standard Oil Company, now Exxon Mobil, at its Baltimore refinery in Canton. In 1952, he was transferred to the Bayway refinery in Elizabeth, N.J., where he was in charge of supply and distribution for the Chemical Products Division. In 1962, he joined Hatco Corporation, a manufacturer of organic chemicals. There he became known internationally for his expertise in synthetic lubricants, especially those for jet aircraft engines. He retired as vice president from Hatco in 1986.

During his working years, he was a director of the Oil Trades Association of New York and of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association. He held memberships in the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Tribologists and Lubricating Engineers, the National Lubrication Grease Institute and the American Society for Testing Materials. Both before and after his retirement, he served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Synthetic Lubrication.

From 1952 through 1986, he was a resident of Westfield, N.J., where he was active in the First Methodist Church. After his retirement, he and Margery returned to Baltimore and lived in Guilford. In 2000, they moved to Blakehurst, a retirement community in Towson, where he lived until the time of his death.

At Blakehurst, he was active in the Residents Association and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Blakehurst Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to Blakehurst employees.

He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, a life member of the Salvation Army's Baltimore Area Advisory Board and a member of the St. Andrew's Society and of the St. George's Society. He was also a board member and treasurer of the Star Spangled Banner Flag House.

Surviving are daughters and spouses Anne Reid Townsley and Jake, of Westminster, and Elenor Gibson Reid and W. Howie Muir, of Farmington, Conn.; granddaughters Kathrine Gibson Townsley and Elizabeth Reid Flanagan and husband Matthew, all of Westminster; great-grandchildren Colin and Taylor Flanagan, of Westminster; a stepdaughter, Margery Kraus Bessent, of Baltimore; and a stepson, Anthony W. Kraus III, of Baltimore.

He was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Reid Foley.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Mr. Reid's caregivers, Peter Mordi and Nkem Ijioma; to the staff at Blakehurst; and to the staff of Dove House of Carroll Hospice.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; or to the Blakehurst Scholarship Fund, 1055 W. Joppa Road, Towson, MD 21204. Contributions should note: "In memory of Harry F. Reid."

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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 22, 2013
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