CLIFFORD REID obituary (2021) – Washington, DC

Clifford Reid “Cliff”
Died in Waterville, Maine, November 6, 2021. Cliff grew up in Washington, DC, graduating from Calvin Coolidge High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Washington University and played for the football team George Washington. Cliff received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1973, where he developed a research interest in the role of discrimination in American life – in housing, employment and wages – which he would continue to pursue throughout his academic career. Cliff was a professor of economics at Grinnell College in Iowa for 14 years, and it was there that he met his wife, Sheila McCarthy, and their son Matthew was born. He was then Professor of Economics at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. Family, friends and colleagues remember Cliff for his skewed sense of humor and his sharp observations on topics ranging from politics to current events and sports. He was legendary for his strict standards in the classroom and was a caring mentor to generations of students at Grinnell and Colby. Cliff was a loving father and a devoted husband, especially as Sheila faced an illness over the past many years. During many memorable trips with her family, Cliff always had a coffee, newspaper, and camera in hand. And in recent years, he has enjoyed sharing his love of books and math with his beloved grandchildren Beatrice and Abraham. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy (Reeder) and Charles Reid, and his brother, Charles, of Washington, DC. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, of Waterville, Maine; his son Matthew Reid and wife Judith Griffin and his grandchildren Beatrice and Abraham Reid of Ithaca, NY. Events: A memorial service for Cliff will be held at the Marshall-March Funeral Home, 4217 9th St. NW, Washington, DC, Tuesday, November 23, 2021. There will be a screening at. 10.00 followed by a service at. 11.00 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars Program.

Published by The Washington Post on November 20, 2021.

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