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Eugene (Gene) Bernhard REID, PhD.

Male 1914 - 2012  (98 years)


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  • Name Eugene (Gene) Bernhard REID 
    Suffix PhD. 
    Nickname Gene 
    Born 11 Jan 1914  Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Education Chico State JC; UC Berkeley; Univ. of Michigan (Graduate Work) 
    Health 6' 6" 205 Lbs. 
    History Obituary - Eugene Reid, 98, died peacefully of congestive heart failure at his home in Pleasant Hill, California. Blanche, his wife of 61 years, died in 2006. He is survived by his daughter Gwen Lundmark (husband Al) and their sons Dan and Gary (wife Bree and 2 girls), and by his son Dennis (wife Debbie) and their children Katrina (husband Brad), Scott and Julia. Gene was quite proud to be a third generation of Chico; his grandfather operated General Bidwell's Dairy Farm and his father David E. Reid was an almond grower. Gene was a Christian and an active member of the Bidwell Presbyterian Church where his mother was the Junior Sunday School Director. Gene graduated from Chico State College, the University of California (Chemistry degree) and the University of Michigan (MS and PhD in Chemistry). Excellent high school teachers in Chemistry and Physics influenced his choice of chemistry as a career. He worked at Chevron Research Company, retiring in 1975. He was responsible for the computer, mathematical, and statistical activities. He researched and ordered Chevron's first computer. He served in WWII with the 250th Coast Artillery unit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska and as an officer in the Chemical Warfare Service. He retired from the Army Reserves as Lt. Colonel. Being athletic, he participated on the track teams as a high jumper at Chico and Cal Berkeley. He was quite a good tennis player and enjoyed playing golf, softball and basketball. Gwen and Dennis were proud of who he was as a person - an honest man of high integrity, kind, gentle, generous, hardworking and helpful (he did all the neighborhood repairs on the street in Orinda, California). He was our tutor and teacher for homework, tennis, woodworking, car repairs, and anything that needed fixing. His greatest joy in later years was helping out and providing advice for the Reid family drag racing business where Gwen worked and Dennis and Debbie own. 
    MILI LT. COL. - US ARMY & ARMY RESERVES - WORLD WAR II; Enlisted 3 Feb 1941 - retired from Reserves in 1965. 
    Occupation Chemist, Standard Oil of California (in Research) 
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Died 10 May 2012  Chateau III, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died at 11:30 am with his daughter Gwen at his bedside.
    Buried 15 May 2012  Chico Cemetery, Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • I started grammar school at Rosedale school in Chico, California. It was a four-room school that served the first four years of school. It was about 2 1/2 miles from home and we always walked except during rainy weather when we were driven in a buggy. After four years at Rosedale, I moved to Oakdale school on Little Chico Creek. I covered two years of classes there and then moved to Central School for two more years covering Jr. High School.
      Beginning in about the fourth grade, mother began giving me violin lessons from F. F. Stebbings, a musical character in the Chico area. Dave also took piano lessons from him. I never really amounted to much as a violinist, but I did play at a number of school and church programs and played in the high school orchestra. At least I developed an appreciation for good music which has deepened over the years.
      During grammar school, I was considered a good scholar getting mostly A's and some B's. My best subject was arithmetic and my worst was spelling.
      In 1927, I entered high school which was located out on the Esplanade where the present high school is, but the principle building has been replaced. It was a long bike ride from home which I made every day until my Junior year. One small accomplishment was to ride all the way from home to high school, through the college grounds, over the footbridge of Chico Creek, without ever touching the handlebars.
      Scholastically, high school went pretty well, but I had to work hard at it. I ended up as class valedictorian of about 150 graduates. Math and science were my easiest and best subjects, while Latin and English were probably my most troublesome. I had excellent teachers in Chemistry and Physics, which were strong influencing factors in my choice of chemistry as a career. I would have been an engineer probably, except that during the early thirties when I had to make a choice, engineers weren't getting jobs, and chemists were.
      I tried football, but didn't play much. I did somewhat better in track. I thought I would be a distance man, but one race convinced me it was not for me. I ended up next to last, and found out that legs could get so tired you couldn't feel them. However, fooling around at home on a sawdust pile, I found some talent for high jumping. So that became my event. I won the first meet I was in, much to the surprise of the coaches. As I remember, I won most of my high school meets. I was the only Chico boy to go to the State meet in 1931, where I failed to place by one inch. Cornelius Johnson won that day and later set the World's Record at 6 ft. 10 3/4 in.
      I graduated from Chico High School in June 1931, and went on to Chico State College for two years in their junior college program, preparatory to going to UC. Scholastically, things went well - mostly A's with a B once in awhile. Track was my principle outside activity. During my second track season (1933), I set all the college high jump records - interclass, the college record, the track record, and several meet records. In the conference meet, I took second to Walter Marty of Fresno State who held the World's Record then at 6 ft. 8 1/2 in.
      I transferred to UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1933. I did very well scholastically (almost all A's). There were a number of world known chemistry professors that I became quite friendly with, people that made the Cal Chemistry department one of the top two or three in the country. It was a particularly exciting time in physics at that time. E. O. Lawrence had just gotten the cyclotron going well and everything they did was a startling new advance. I can remember sitting in the physics library one day when Lawrence came in and excitedly told Professor Loeb and two or three others about their recent results - of being able to cause fission of a heavy metal atom for the first time by bombardment.
      About the only extracurricular activity was again track. The first year I was ineligible for the team because of the transfer from Chico State, but I did work out regularly. The second year (1935), I made out quite well - not so much because of my excellence, but because of a scarcity of good high jumpers. I was able to win my letter and took first or tied for first in most of my meets, except in a couple of the big ones like the conference meet and the NCAA meet. The latter meet was the one where Jessie Owens set four world records, and went on to the Olympics the following year in Germany.
      Following graduation from UC Berkeley in May 1936, I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan to do postgraduate work at the University of Michigan. The training at Michigan was excellent for me as the emphasis there was quite different than Cal. Cal was very heavy in physical chemistry, while Michigan was heavy in classical organic and analytical chemistry, so I had the best of both worlds.
      Each summer, I would come home and stop in at Standard Oil of California, so that when I graduated from U of M, they already knew about me and offered me a job. I had chances to go with DuPont or Texaco, but chose to come back to California. On 11 Sept 1939, I reported to work at the R & D Department of Standard Oil of California at Richmond, and stayed with them in one capacity or another until I retired on 31 Jan 1975. I was probably one of the few people in all of Standard Oil, who had a reasonably successful career, and who spent their whole time in one place.
      On 3 Feb 1941, I reported to the Draft Board for induction into the Army, the only PhD to be drafted from the bay area that I'm aware of. While putting on a demonstration of "materiel" (rifles, pistols, flame throwers, smoke equipment, etc.) in Washington, DC, I met Blanche Keasler who was working in Washington, DC as a secretary for the Office of Rubber Director, War Production Board. After the show was over, I asked for, and got a phone number and thus began my dating with Blanche in 1942. It was 4 May 1945 that I finally proposed to Blanche, and she accepted. We were married the following month on 11 June 1945. In early December 1945, now that the war was over (Aug 1945), I chose to be transferred to the Reserve Corp for the next twenty years, a decision for which I have been forever thankful since it provided me with a nice retirement at age 60. [4]
    Person ID I61  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2015 

    Father David Edwin REID,   b. 7 Dec 1876, Bidwell Dairy, Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1964, Lebanon, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Annie Gwendolyn ROGERS,   b. 8 Aug 1884, Salinas, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1939, Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1906  Soquel, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Reid, David E.-1876 & Rogers, Annie-1884 (10 Oct 1906-Wed)
    Reid, David E.-1876 & Rogers, Annie-1884 (10 Oct 1906-Wed)
    Taken on wedding day, 10 Oct 1906.
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret (Blanche) KEASLER,   b. 1 May 1919, Armuchee, Floyd, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 2006, John Muir Hospital, Concord, Costa Contra, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1945  Foundry Methodist Church, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Photos
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (Wedding-11 Jun 1945)-1
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (Wedding-11 Jun 1945)-1
    Taken at wedding-11 Jun 1945.
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (Wedding-11 Jun 1945)-2
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (Wedding-11 Jun 1945)-2
    Taken at wedding-11 Jun 1945.
    Lundmark, A & G Wedding with Reid parents
    Lundmark, A & G Wedding with Reid parents
    Taken at daughter Gwen’s wedding-10 Oct 1970.
    Headstones
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (HS)
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Blanche-1919 (HS)
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jan 1914 - Chico, Butte, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Jun 1945 - Foundry Methodist Church, Washington, D.C. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 May 2012 - Chateau III, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 May 2012 - Chico Cemetery, Chico, Butte, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (5-30-2006)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (5-30-2006)
    Taken 30 May 2006.
    Reid Siblings & cousin (Feb 1987)
    Reid Siblings & cousin (Feb 1987)
    Eugene (Gene) Reid-1914 (close cousin), and three Reid siblings; Joyce-1923, Cyril-1915 and Maurice-1913.
    Taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Maurice and Mildred Reid in February 1987.
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & David E.-1910 (~1915)
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & David E.-1910 (~1915)
    Taken around 1915.
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1932)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1932)
    Reid, Eugene-1914 (Feb 1987)
    Reid, Eugene-1914 (Feb 1987)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (11 Jun 1945)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (11 Jun 1945)
    Taken at wedding-11 Jun 1945.
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (10 Oct 1970)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (10 Oct 1970)
    Taken at daughter Gwen’s wedding-10 Oct 1970.
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Katrina M.-1986 (21 Jan 2012)
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & Katrina M.-1986 (21 Jan 2012)
    Eugene Reid with his granddaughter, Katrina Reid at her wedding on 21 Jan 2012, just four months before his death at 98 years of age.
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1932)2
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1932)2
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1941)
    Reid, Eugene Bernhard-1914 (~1941)
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Eugene B.-1914 (~1917)
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Eugene B.-1914 (~1917)
    Taken around 1917.
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 (~1937)
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 (~1937)
    Taken around 1937.
    Reid. Eugene B.-1914 & Katrina M.-1986 (21 Jan 2012)
    Reid. Eugene B.-1914 & Katrina M.-1986 (21 Jan 2012)
    Eugene Reid with his granddaughter, Katrina Reid at her wedding on 21 Jan 2012, just four months before his death at 98 years of age.

  • Sources 
    1. [S239] United States Federal Census.

    2. [S240] United States Federal Census, Chico, Butte, California; Enumeration District #4-13, Pg. 1B.

    3. [S380] California Birth Index.

    4. [S13] REIDS, ROGERS, and EUGENE B. REID, by Eugene Bernhard Reid (1914 - 2012), (Self-Published).