Dr. William James Reid was born on the 28th of August, 1913 in Merlin. His parents were Dr. Frederick Irwin Reid and the former Annie Arlie MacLachlan. His father was a family physician in Merlin at the time of his birth. Dr. Reid’s mother had been a nurse and he had a younger sister named Betty.
Dr. Reid’s father did postgraduate surgical studies at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan from 1919 until 1921. After 1921, Dr. Frederick I. Reid practiced medicine in Chatham.
Dr. William Reid initially attended public school in Merlin, but after his family moved to Chatham in 1921 he attended the Central School in Chatham. After graduating high school from Chatham Collegiate Institute, he attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.D. in 1938 and interned for 1 1/2 years at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Dr. Reid married Isobel Crawford McCullough on the 7th of September, 1940 in Fort William (now known as Thunder Bay), Ontario. Mrs. Reid was born on the 13th of November, 1914, the daughter of Dr. Crawford Campbell McCullough and the former Grace Margaret Campbell MacTavish. Mrs. Reid grew up in Thunder Bay where her father was a surgeon. She had 2 younger brothers, Donald and John. Donald was a pilot who was killed in action during World War II.
After their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Reid resided at 312 Lonsdale Road in Toronto.
Dr. and Mrs. Reid had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter.
In April of 1940, Dr. Reid enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force Medical Corp during World War II. He was deployed to England and Italy. Dr. Reid was a squadron leader. Dr. Reid was seriously injured in an airplane crash on the 21st of November, 1944. He was discharged and sent home to Chatham to recover.
After he convalesced, Dr. Reid began a general medical practice in Chatham with a specialty in anesthesiology. He served as the President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1948.
Mrs. Reid died in 1971. Dr. Reid died in 1992. They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. Reid is featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**His father Dr. Frederick Irwin Reid also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.