John Reynolds Reid Jr., PhD

Title: Geologist, Educator
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

John Reynolds Reid Jr., Geologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in glacial geology and education.

Dr. Reid was inspired to enter his profession by his mother’s family from Canada who worked in gold mines. This familial influence lead him to wonder about the physical attributes of the world, and he eventually landed on the study of glaciers, which has been his primary area of focus for more than five decades. He considers the highlight of his career to be his time spent researching in Antarctica. He was a part of a five-person team staying in two tents. The next closest humans to them were more than 45 miles away. During his time there, his team survived a 10-dau blizzard. This experience changed Dr. Reid’s life and opened a lot of doors for him. He taught at the University of North Dakota from 1961 to 1998, starting as an assistant professor and eventually being appointed to a full professorship. Prior to this position, he taught as an assistant professor at Mount Union College from 1958 to 1959.

Dr. Reid commenced his own academic journey at Tufts University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1955. He continued at the University of Michigan to receive a Master of Science in 1957 and a PhD in 1961. In addition to teaching at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Reid consulted for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, directed the REAP North Dakota Legislative Council and served as a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bergen. He has received such accolades in his career as the Arthur Gray Leonard Award, the North Dakota Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, the British Columbia Campbell Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching and being named an Outstanding Teacher from the Amoco Foundation.

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