Obituary: Dr. David Reid

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David H. Reid, M.D., 90, was not just a friend, but a best friend to many people who shared in his life. Dr. Reid passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 in Idyllwild.

He was born July 14, 1916 in East Chicago, Ind.

Loyal to his country, a Navy veteran of World War II, he landed among the first wave of Army engineers on Utah Beach as a physician. Dr. Reid was proud to be an American and believed very strongly in all things American.

A graduate of Melrose High School, Vermont Academy, Dartmouth College and Tufts Medical School, Dr. Reid practiced family medicine in Weston, Mass., from 1948 to 1979 and then in Idyllwild until 1996.

Dr. Reid was a compassionate, knowledgeable, caring, involved member of the medical communities in Weston, Mass., and Idyllwild. His relationships went far beyond just a doctor-patient contract. He touched the lives of so many people in Weston, Idyllwild and Fitzwilliam, N.H.

He was a loving, caring, thoughtful, devoted father to David, Elizabeth, Robert and William, and his extended family Margery, Lauren, Susan and Luke. There are very few people in the world as genuine as Dr. Reid was.

An ideal husband, he was a very loving, devoted, thoughtful companion to Janice G. Reid for 33 years and then Jean L. Miller Reid for almost 29 years.

He traveled each year to his beloved family tree farm in Fitzwilliam and since his retirement, resided there during the summer and fall months.

Dr. Reid celebrated his 90th birthday this summer with family and friends who honored him by sharing memories and stories of how their dad and friend touched their lives. In his children’s words:

“Dad is a man who is: a healer to countless patients, a dear friend to many people (of all generations), a respected colleague to all whom he worked with, and a much-loved husband and father to his family.

“Some traits that we truly admire and strive to emulate: compassion, kindness, knowledge, true happiness, patience and the ability to remain calm during the worst of times.

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