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David Edwin REID, Jr., D.O.

David Edwin REID, Jr., D.O.

Male 1910 - 1986  (76 years)

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  • Name David Edwin REID 
    Suffix Jr., D.O. 
    Born 19 Mar 1910  Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Education Chico State Univ., Kirksville, Missouri School of Osteopathy 
    Health 6' 9" & 300+ lbs. 
    History SSDI states card issued in Oregon in 1953-54.
    David Edwin Reid, DO
    March 19, 1910 - July 25, 1986

    The opening of the new Osteopathic Medical School in Lebanon, Oregon amazed and inspired many DOs throughout the State of Oregon. Most of those physicians could well remember the opposition locally and in the state legislature by the AMA, the OMA, chiropractors and other groups yet ultimately the medical school came about. David E. Reid was one of the early osteopaths in the state who garnered respect and admiration throughout the medical community and thus his medical contributions were instrumental in paving the way for the second medical school in the state. It is fitting that it is in the town where Dr. Reid established his practice in 1933.

    Born March 19, 1910 to David and Gwendolyn Reid, his formative years were spent in Chico, California where he excelled in academics and athletics. He studied pre-med at Chico State. It was learning about the teachings of Dr. A. T. Still regarding the philosophy of osteopathic medicine that Dave chose to continue his studies at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and become an osteopathic physician. He funded his studies with various summer jobs, including stringing power lines across the western United States. Upon arrival in Kirksville, Missouri, he got a job as a short order cook for walking-around money. His academic excellence continued and he chose to take extra classes in anesthesiology to broaden his medical contributions.

    An internship with two DOs in Arbuckle, California, Herb and Dora Powis, proved very helpful, not only in pouring anesthetics and general family medicine, but in hospital administration. The Powis’s built and operated the town’s hospital. They were also instrumental in encouraging David to explore communities throughout the Midwest and West to find the town where he would want to hang his shingle.

    He settled on Lebanon, Oregon, a small town in the heart of the Willamette Valley that thrived on agriculture, a paper mill, a plywood mill, and several sawmills. Part of his choice, besides being welcomed by the three local MDs, was that the hotel had long beds and no bed bugs! It was rare for an osteopath to be accepted and given hospital privileges, but there was plenty of work to go around, and the doctors needed an anesthesiologist. He endeared himself to doctors Booth, Herron and Irvine by being receptive to man the monthly rail pushcart to provide medical services to miners and loggers in the Cascade Mountains from Lebanon to Upper Soda throughout the foothills and ridges to the Santiam Pass of the Cascade Mountains.

    He was soon giving the anesthesia (mainly ether drip) in all the surgical cases at the hospital. In the mid-forties, when the community applied for a Hill Burton grant to build a larger more modern hospital, Dr. Reid had strong support from the community and his fellow physicians, which then numbered six MDs, to be on staff at the new facility. That he was an effective fundraiser added to his prestige. Again, it’s important to note that this acceptance of a DO on the staff an MD hospital was quite unusual at the time.

    Lebanon was a bustling community although as was typical of the timber industry at the time, the work could be sporadic. When the plywood or sawmills closed for a while because of lack of demand for lumber, summer forest-fire threats or strikes, the workers were often laid off for varying periods of time. During those down times it was very difficult for the workers to support their often-large families. Dr. Reid carried those family patients on the books accepting bartered goods and free labor at his office or residence as payment. During World War II the pace at the mills became frantic. The mills operated around-the-clock seven days a week. The demands on physicians’ time became overwhelming making it nearly impossible to vacation. It was common that the “on call” doctors would be summoned from church, family or community events for emergencies. That was especially true for the only anesthesiologist.

    Despite the demands of his practice, Dr. Reid found time to be involved in a multitude of community affairs. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club (serving as secretary/treasurer throughout his membership), chief of staff at Lebanon Community Hospital, a member of the Elks Lodge and Masons, a deacon at his church, and he served on the local and Linn County school boards. While serving on the board of School District 16C serving both elementary and high schools a request by Ernie Caldwell, the principal of Queen Anne Grade School, for a new gymnasium was discussed. When Dr. Reid opposed the proposal he was invited by the principal to visit the gym. Apparently, while walking on the floor of the gym he hit a rotten board which gave way. The school got the new gym!

    Baseball, basketball and football were particular fondnesses of Dr. Reid. He sponsored a high school baseball scholarship and was an honored member of the Oregon State University Beaver Club. Many of the OSU basketball players traveled from Corvallis to Lebanon just to get one of his manipulative therapy treatments. He and his wife had special seats at Gill Coliseum and at Parker Field. In fact his life long friend and local pharmacist, Bob Adams and wife Betty (Adams’ Rexall Drug Store) still have those seats to this day!

    Another lifelong passion of Dr. Reid’s was his love of the circus. According to his story, Dave as a little boy, was quarantined for a time at his home and missed the local circus when it came to town. When the circus folks heard that the little boy couldn’t attend they came to his home and performed in the street outside his home! From then on he was hooked. When circuses came to Linn County, Dave took the day off and with camera in hand visited with circus owners and performers. He was a member of the Circus Fans of America and contributed reels of films he had taken at the various shows and “Back Yards.” He endeared himself to the circus folks by performing an emergency appendectomy on one of their trick seals. Later he became friends with Clyde Beatty (famed animal trainer) when he sewed up a lion claw laceration on Beatty’s assistant. He stitched up Clyde a few times, too. Dave knew the names and unique make-up of all the registered clowns in American circuses. He also contributed his over-sized clothing to Emmett Kelly and Otto Griebling for their clown outfits. In 1955, in Dr. Reid’s honor, Clyde Beatty brought his big top to Lebanon. Performers, friends and neighbors were invited to a party at the Reid home after the evening show.

    Bob Adams tells an amusing story about Dr. Reid. Shortly after Bob bought the pharmacy he found a note on the prescription counter relating that Dr. Reid had been in the pharmacy after hours to pick up some medication needed by a patient. He had a key to the pharmacy which he kept for all the years he was in practice. Dr. Reid made house calls almost every day of his half-century practice; during a severe flu epidemic he visited 19 persons in one day!

    For recreation Dr. Reid loved ballroom dancing and it was while attending a dance he noticed a young woman, Nell Fisk, a girl from Albany, who was the orchestra leader’s girlfriend. Despite this, Dave invited her to dance and later they became permanent ballroom dancing partners. Together they formed a dance club that had functions in-and-around Lebanon for years to come. They had two children David E. Reid III and Marsha Ann known affectionately as Punky and Cooky. He was also an avid yachtsman, a member of the Riverside Yacht Club, and often spent family weekends cruising the Willamette and Columbia rivers. With their children grown and boating days over, Dave and Nell swapped their Owens for a “land yacht” and visited every state capitol at least twice.

    At 6" 9" and nearly 400 lbs. Dr. Reid had a commanding presence. Wherever he went people noticed, but he was always described as a gentle giant. Because of his size his Pontiac automobiles and Chevrolet pick-up had to be modified so that the rails of the driver’s seat extended backwards to accommodate his long legs Elsie Agan (Reid’s receptionist for 20 years) recalled trying to drive the car with great difficulty her legs were just too short. Other DOs in the area recall that he would usually come to meetings a tiny bit late assuring that with his booming voice his opinions would always be heard.

    Dr. Reid was a faithful and very effective voice and leader of the Osteopathic profession nationally and in the State of Oregon. He served as executive director of the Osteopathic profession for nearly thirty years. During that time he was responsible for the organization of CME events, coordinating the meetings of the Board of Directors of the association and serving to assist the succession of DOs who were association presidents. In short, he was the glue that held the state association together. Another not well understood task he did so effectively was to act as a lobbyist for the association when the Oregon State legislature was in session. He was a man of very strong convictions and it was not unusual for him to clash with those with whom he disagreed. He worked very hard to pave the way for Osteopathic Physicians in the state to have full rights and privileges as physicians. He also served for twenty years as the Osteopathic representative on the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners (now the Oregon Medical Board), interceding on behalf of some doctors and conscientiously working to protect Oregonians from misbehaving physicians.

    Dr. Reid tried to retire once, but over his 51 years of practice with 14,000 patients of record he had developed a following of loyal and loving patients who simply wouldn’t hear of him quitting. So he did return to practice for a time until one day developed diplopia a harbinger of lung cancer (former 4 pack a day smoker) to which he succumbed a few months later.

    Despite the fact that he died over thirty-five years ago, many of his patients remember this gentle giant very fondly and there is no doubt that the memory of his wonderful contribution to the community of Lebanon and to the osteopathic profession was instrumental in helping to prepare a warm and approving welcome to the new College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
    Occupation Osteopath in Lebanon, Oregon 
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Social Security Number 543-38-9691 
    Died 25 Jul 1986  Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 2 Aug 1986 
    • Dave was almost four years older than me, being born on 19 Mar 1910. He went to Salem Street school (7th and 8th Streets between Salem and Normal Ave.). Then went to Oakdale, Central and into the new high school on the Esplanade. He did well in school, but always got much more involved with others than I did. He graduated from high school in 1927, the year I started. Then he went to Chico State for two years taking pre-med. training. Largely through the influence of Dr. Waters, the local Osteopath, he decided on osteopathy and went to Kirksville, Missouri, which was the original school. By that time, osteopathy embraced medicine and surgery, and graduates qualified for a full medical license. After four years, he graduated in 1933. He spent some time in the small hospital of Dr. Powis in Arbuckle, California., and then decided to settle in Oregon. He toured through Oregon, talking to all he met, and finally decided to settle in Lebanon. He rapidly built up a large practice which continued to the day he died.
      On 16 Aug 1935, he married Nell Etta Fisk of Albany, Oregon. In fact, Stebbings, my music teacher, and I were going to take a trip up to Oregon and visit with Dave, but the day we were to leave, we got a wire that he had just gotten married and they were on their way honeymooning.
      Their first child was a boy, David Edwin Reid, III, born 14 Mar 1942, when I was at Dutch Harbor. He was able to reach me by wire there. Their daughter was born 22 July 1944, and named Marsha Ann.
      He was named General Practitioner of the Year in 1969 by the Oregon Osteopathic Association and was a member of the President's Club of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1953, he was recognized by the Oregon Osteopathic Association for distinguished service in the advancement of osteopathy in Oregon in the field of administration.
      A 20-year member of the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners, he was a member of the American College of General Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and a life member of the American Osteopathic Association. He was a member of the Oregon Osteopathic Association, serving as its secretary for 29 years. In 1983, he was honored for 50 years of practice in Lebanon, Oregon.
      He was a 35-year member of Oregon State University's Beaver Club and a charter and life member of Lebanon Elks Lodge No. 1663. He was a life member of Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 44. A devoted Rotarian, he was a life member of the organization and served as secretary-treasurer of the Lebanon club for many years. He had a 25-year perfect attendance record as a Rotarian and was honored by the organization as a Paul Harris Fellow, accorded to only a few Rotarians.
      He was an avid follower of circuses and was particularly knowledgeable in circus acts and events. When a circus came to town, he could be seen mingling and talking with the performers. He was a member of the Circus Fans Association of America and the Circus Historical Society.
      He also belonged to The Lifeliners of Lebanon Community Hospital, the American Association of Retired Persons and the American National Red Cross. [6]
    Person ID I60  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2012 

    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 
    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 Nell Etta FISK,   b. 1 Aug 1912, Albany, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1997, Albany, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1935  Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. David Edwin REID, III,   b. 14 Mar 1942, Lebanon, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 2005, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Marsha Ann (Cooky) REID,   b. 22 Jul 1944, Lebanon, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 2011, Florence, Florence, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Nell E.-1912
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Nell E.-1912
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Mar 1910 - Chico, Butte, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Aug 1935 - Oregon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jul 1986 - Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Benton, Oregon Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & David E.-1910 (~1915)
    Reid, Eugene B.-1914 & David E.-1910 (~1915)
    Taken around 1915.
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Eugene B.-1914 (~1917)
    Reid, David E.-1910 & Eugene B.-1914 (~1917)
    Taken around 1917.
    Reid, David Edwin-1910
    Reid, David Edwin-1910

  • Sources 
    1. [S202] Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

    2. [S238] United States Federal Census, Chico, Butte, California; Enumeration District #5, Pg. 22A.

    3. [S239] United States Federal Census, Chico, Butte, California; Enumeration District #6, Pg. 6B.

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

    5. [S380] California Birth Index.

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