Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 8, 2014

John Ogden Reid Sr.

TRAVERSE CITY — John Ogden Reid Sr., 100, of Traverse City, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his home. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Jan. 6, 1914, the last of the four sons of Archibald Campbell Reid Sr. and Martha (Gilmore) Reid.

He graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree on June 13, 1938.

After graduation John had many careers, first as an engineer with Dixon Crucible making Crucible’s for the steel industry and later as an associate professor of research back at Alfred University for a cement company. It was there, in September 1945, that he met a returning student from Michigan, Margaret Ann Lore, who became his wife and partner for life on July 15, 1946, in Charlevoix.

They remained at Alfred while Peg continued her education and in May of 1947 the couple moved to Eastport, where they began a business making pottery. John was the engineer who devolved the clays and glazes while Peg did the decorating and designing. Grandpa Archie helped in the making of some of the molded pieces. Son, Johnny, greeted the customers and helped his grandfather in any way a small boy could. The business grew and expanded to become a retail outlet for many local artists and craftsmen.

In the fall of 1963 John accepted a position as a teacher in Bellaire High School, where he agreed to fill in for a semester teaching advanced math, chemistry and physics until a permanent teacher could be found. Here he discovered a career he loved above all others. He was an inspiring teacher who loved and respected all of his students and one who touched many young lives. This “temporary” position lasted until his retirement 16 years later. In those years the students twice dedicated their yearbook to him, once in 1969 and again in 1980. In 1980 the graduating seniors asked him to give the commencement address, which was an honor he treasured the rest of his life.

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