June 21, 2010
Robert Lynn Reid, professor emeritus of history and Master Teacher, died April 8 in Waco. He was 88. Reid, whose family was tied to Baylor University since its earliest days in Independence, was born April 1, 1922, in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from Austin High School in El Paso in 1939 he received a BA in history from Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso). He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, then earned an MA degree in history from Baylor in 1947, going on to do graduate work at Brown and Oxford Universities. Reid joined the Baylor faculty in 1948 and served as chair of the Department of History from 1977 to 1992, when he retired from full-time teaching. Beginning in 1973, Reid served as advisor to the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. In 1982, he and English professor Ann Miller were the first two Baylor faculty members to receive the designation of Master Teacher. In 1997, Baylor awarded Reid an honorary doctorate and the designation as "Baylor Historian Extraordinaire."
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