Maury M. Reid Jr.
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Maury M. Reid Jr., 81, Sarasota, died July 4, 2006, at Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice Unit. He was born May 17, 1925, in Harlem Hospital in New York City. He went into the Army Air Forces to train as a fighter pilot at Tuskegee, Ala., in 1943. He worked with the New York City Transit Authority, beginning as a railroad clerk and holding many different positions, including collection agent and trainmaster. His career spanned 38 years. He has his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. He was an instructor and coordinator in the Transit Authority training school program and retired as the director of labor contract administration. He participated in ASALH, the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Gamma XI Boule, was a life member of the NAACP and the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mae E.; sons Michael of Sarasota and Maurice of Lexington, Ky., and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota. Chandler's Funeral Chapel in Sarasota is in charge.

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Published in Herald Tribune on Jul. 11, 2006.