|Bob Reid Scholarship|
The Robert O. Reid Oceanographic Fellowship Fund
The Legacy of Bob Reid
Professor Robert Osborn Reid, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University, passed away on January 23, 2009 at age 87. His departure follows a distinguished career that included service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, at the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Texas A&M University. From 1951 until his final retirement in 2001, he was a faculty member in the Departments of Oceanography and Meteorology, Civil Engineering, and later the Oceanography Department at TAMU. Bob served as Head of the Department of Oceanography from 1981 until 1987. During his career, he chaired or co-chaired the doctoral advisory committees of about 70 students in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, civil engineering and physics. Of the 38 MS students he advised, 11 are included in the 70 that completed their PhD degrees with Professor Reid.
Bob was the consummate teacher/advisor. He was a recipient of the Minnie Piper Foundation Award and two TAMU Former Student Faculty Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching. Perhaps the most vivid thread running through Bob’s career at Texas A&M was his unswerving commitment to the highest academic and ethical standards. Beyond teaching, his reputation as a distinguished researcher was recognized nationally; his many honors and awards included membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the Coastal Engineering Research Board, the Medal of the University of Liege, Belgium, a Faculty Distinguished Achievement Awards for Research from the TAMU Association of Former students, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Old Dominion University.
Bob never sought the spotlight; he relied on a much-admired ability to initiate research and orchestrate its completion through teamwork with his students and colleagues. Many people have said, “I worked with Bob,” rather than “under him” or “for” him. His selfless dedication to improving education and research at Texas A&M has become legendary, and we seek to honor his service appropriately.
Robert A. Duce