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 MacLachlan. His father was a family physician in Merlin at the time of his birth. Dr. Reid had a younger sister named Betty.
Dr. Reid attended public school in Merlin and at the Central School in Chatham. After graduating high school at 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.
*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.