“I was born to be a science teacher.” These were the words of James Marshall Reid who was born July 12, 1933, in Wayne, Michigan, to Bert C. and Inez (Heckathorn) Reid. After a long battle with multiple myeloma, he passed away on April 5, 2017, at the age of 83.
He is survived by wife, Sue Wright Reid, daughter Robyn Reid Fiore (Anthony), grandchildren Roman James Reid Fiore and Piper Lucia Reid Fiore, and sister Martha Jean Reid. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Virginia Warner, Robert, Elizabeth Thomas, Clark, Shirley Moore and Philip. He is also survived by a world of friends that he deeply loved.
He was a physics teacher at Lansing Sexton High School for 32 years. He was well known for his dedication and creativity as a teacher and was recognized multiple times for his commitment to science education for all. He received teaching awards and recognition from the Lansing School District, Michigan Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association, American Association of Physics Teachers and Association of Science –Technology Centers. His passion for science and curiosity filled his life in many ways. He was a woodworker, tinkerer, gardener, cook, and very special grandpa to two young grandchildren. He traveled the world with his wife of 54 years and various friends and family. Jim enjoyed a rich community of friends – including weekly lunch and breakfast meetings and a pinochle card group that played together for over 47 years!
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River, Lansing. Visitation will be at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Friday, April 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Carol Rapson and Red Cedar Oncology. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing or Lansing Promise.