Dr. Charles F. Reid, professor emeritus of radiology and a founder of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists, died early Thursday morning, February 12, 2009, while walking his dogs with his longtime companion Kathleen Crompton. He was 75.
Dr. Reid graduated from Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and following military service, earned an MS from Cornell and completed a two-year research fellowship at the VA Hospital in New York. He then joined the Penn faculty at New Bolton Center in 1963. In his 35-year tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, he chaired both the section of radiology and the department of clinical studies at New Bolton Center.
His commitment to teaching is legendary and veterinarians in both large- and small-animal practice recount tales of his teaching rounds and the lessons they learned. He trained radiologists who migrated to Penn from a wide geographical area and then departed to veterinary schools and practices both in the US and abroad.
Acknowledged by both his friends in the horse world and colleagues in the veterinary profession as the “father of equine radiology,” his opinion was sought worldwide because of his clinical approach to equine radiographic interpretation. His yearly “consulting session” at the AAEP Annual Convention developed into the famed Radiology Panels of the ’70s, during which Dr. Reid’s affectionate and humorous jousting with the panelists kept the lecture rooms filled to overflowing with veterinarians grateful for his insight and entertained by his wit.
Dr. Reid is survived by his brother, Richard; his sons, Todd and Tom; three grandchildren; and his companion, Kathleen Crompton.
In accordance with Dr. Reid’s wishes, the service will be private. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charles F. Reid Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, earmarked for the Veterinary Scholarship Fund and sent to the Development Office at New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.