Published: Dec 09, 2012 12:04 AM
Modified: Dec 09, 2012 12:04 AM
Bryan Reid, a Chicago native and committed to its cultural, educational, and business communities, died at home, on November 29 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he and his wife had retired. He was 87. His death, after a long illness caused by congestive heart failure, was announced by his wife of 28 years, Katharine Lee Reid.
Engaged in the Chicago business community, first with the investment firm Bacon-Whipple and later as CEO of Cherry-Burrell in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the packaging machinery manufacturing company, Paxall based in Chicago, Mr. Reid served on many boards including the national board of The Boy Scouts of America during the 1970’s, ABN-AMRO Bank and LaSalle Bank N.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago History Museum, The Newberry Library, Chicago, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, and Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. Bryan Seaborne Reid, Jr. was born on June 26, 1925 in Chicago. His parents, Margaret Brittingham and Bryan S. Reid hailed from Wisconsin where his mother’s family established a trust benefiting the University of Wisconsin and the Chazen Museum of Art. His grandfather was Manuel Maximo Reid of Columbus, Ohio and Manila, the Phillipines. After attending The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, he graduated from Northwestern University in the Naval Reserve program. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948.
In 1984 he married Katharine Lee Reid whose career in art museums took them, after Chicago, to Richmond, VA, Cleveland, OH and retirement in Chapel Hill. His first marriage was to Marian Vilas Reid. Their children Bryan S. Reid III, Sierra Vista, AZ, Andrew V. Reid, Portland, OR, Nancy Reid Edwards, Philomath, OR, and Alexander B. Reid, Bishop, CA, and two grandchildren, Bryan S. Reid IV and Margaret Brittingham Reid, survive him. Bryan is remembered for his gift for thoughtful negotiation and advice as well as for savoring camaraderie, whether with business associates, community, or friends and family. He especially enjoyed informal associations including the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society, a men’s caroling group in Chicago’s “Near North,” Chicago’s Wayfarer’s Club, the Chicago St. Andrew’s Society, the bibliophile Rowfant Club in Cleveland, and the beloved Island Club in Wisconsin where his passions for reading and nature met. Famously a dog lover, he adopted or found them from Matanzas, Cuba, to Necessity, TX, and the Outer Banks of NC.
Instead of flowers, contributions should be made to the University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill.
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