In memory of John Sinclair Reid

In memory of John Sinclair Reid


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[p][b]Important note: Virgin Money Giving is closing down and will cease to accept donations after 30 November 2021. To donate in memory of John Reid, please go to the [/b][url=][b]Celebrating Life section of the Anchor website[/b][/url][b].[/b][/p][p]Thank you for your interest in John who died from cancer on Sunday 21st February. We hope you'll feel inspired to make a donation in his memory. Funds raised will go to [url=][i]Friends of Anchor[/i][/url], a charity which supports the work of the ANCHOR Unit in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and raises funds for medical equipment and research. [/p][p]Ever the educator, even in death, John donated his body to medical science. In light of this and the current coronavirus restrictions, we have not held a funeral service. Instead we are planning a memorial event in early August when, hopefully, restrictions will have lifted sufficiently to permit such a gathering. If you would be interested in attending, please send us an email to [url=][/url] and we'll get back in touch once plans have been confirmed. [[i]Amendments 2/7/21 and 3/9/21: Alas, in view of the ongoing uncertainty over coronavirus restrictions, particularly social distancing, and the unavailability of the University's Elphinstone Hall where we hope to hold the event, we have decided to postpone John's memorial until next year. We have the Elphinstone Hall provisionally booked for Sat 13th August 2022. Do please let us know if you'd like to be kept in touch by emailing the address given above[/i].][/p][p]My husband, John Sinclair Reid died peacefully at home, on Sun 21st Feb, aged 78; a huge loss to myself, our sons, Iain and Hamish, and John's younger sister, Margaret. Since his death, we have been overwhelmed by the tributes we have received from friends, colleagues and former students. Friends described him as kind, knowledgeable, full of curiosity, practical and generous of spirit, and a 'real gentleman'. Former students have said how much they enjoyed his teaching and valued his advice. One even described him as 'the best lecturer ever' - a high tribute indeed. He touched the life of many and will be sorely missed[/p][p]We have set up this page to enable those who knew him to contribute in his memory to [url=][i]Friends of Anchor[/i][/url], a charity to which he himself made a bequest in recognition of the support he received during his stays in hospital. This excellent charity supports the work of the ANCHOR Unit within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and provides funding for Wellbeing Services, Medical Equipment and Research, going over and above what the NHS alone can provide.[/p][p]John was an educator, researcher, historian and family man, loved and respected by everyone with whom he came into contact. He was full of ideas, enthusiasm, encouragement and anecdotes – a quick conversation with John and you’d end up with new ideas. [/p][p]Although born in Chorleywood, John spent most of his life in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, first as a boarder at Robert Gordon's College and then in Hamilton Place, after his father retired to Aberdeen. In his student years he shared an allegedly uproarious flat in King Street and a convivial town house in Springfield Place which is when we met. After marrying in 1970, we bought a tiny cottage in Downies Village, giving rise to our love of living by the sea. Then in 1979, with Iain on the way, we moved to the neighbouring village of Findon to a house with a magnificent view of the sea and overlooking Findon Moor where John rambled frequently, took lots of photos and, more recently flew his drone over the moorland and cliffs.[/p][p]His career at the University of Aberdeen spanned 50 years, a journey from undergraduate to Head of the Department of Physics. Subjects he taught included optics, digital electronics, mechanics, thermodynamics, astronomy, and meteorology. His research career included several key contributions to the field of solid-state physics through the use of X-ray scattering techniques. [/p][p]John was keenly involved in mechanical and scientific history. He was President of the Aberdeen Mechanical Society, curator of the nationally recognised Historical Scientific Instruments Collection at Marischal College, and gave numerous talks on key figures connected to Aberdeen science, such as James Clerk Maxwell, Patrick Copland and David Gill. John’s book, ‘[i]Mechanical Aberdeen[/i]’ explored industries located in and around Aberdeen at the turn of the 20th century. He was also a founder member of the Scientific Instrument Society with whom he enjoyed numerous study visits to collections throughout Europe.[/p][p]In his home life, John was a keen sailor, progressing from racing Fireball dinghies in Stonehaven in his youth to yachting on the West Coast of Scotland when older. (That's him in the cover photo of this page, back in 1991 on our beloved yacht, [i]Talisker[/i].) He was also a keen cyclist, a familiar lycra-clad figure whizzing round the country lanes in our corner of Aberdeenshire. A great lover of the outdoors and the Scottish coastline, it’s no accident that both his professional and private life focused on the natural world.[/p][p]He was a wonderful father to Iain and Hamish; encouraging, inspirational, amusing and a constant source of information and practical advice. They are going to miss being able to pick up the phone and seek advice on anything from plumbing, through house purchasing, to developing a new lecture course. One of John's regrets in his final months was that he wouldn't be there to see the grandkids, Aileana (8), Elowen (5), Evelyn (4), Angus (2) and Torin (1), grow up. [/p][p]Thank you for your interest in John. I hope you'll feel inspired to make a donation and perhaps say a few words. Any message you leave here about John will also be shared on his dedicated Tribute page on Friends of ANCHOR’s website which can be viewed at [url=]John Sinclair Reid ([/url][/p][p] If you'd like to read a bit more about his life in his own words, he penned a short autobiography which is available [url=]here on the University of Aberdeen's website[/url]. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Aenea Reid, Findon, 1 March 2021[/p][p][br][/p][p]Key to photos:[/p][p]John with his mother and younger sister, Margaret, in 1950[/p][p]John with his amateur radio rig in 1962 (we still have that fearsome machine in the loft!)[/p][p]Working on Talisker, 1986[/p][p]John at Daresbury Research Laboratory in 1990[/p][p]At Hamish's graduation in 2003 - a rare photo of all four of us together[/p][p]John on his bike in April 2020[/p][p][br][/p]
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Aug 29, 2021

Richard and Philippa Johnson


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Jul 16, 2021



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Jul 9, 2021

Margaret M

Jul 4, 2021

Christine and John

In memory of a neighbour, friend and gentleman..


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Jul 3, 2021



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Jul 2, 2021

Findon Friends

Oops, finger trouble in my previous donation. Meant to type £210 but fingers typed £120. This is the balance to make it up. Another senior moment. John would have laughed!


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Jul 2, 2021

Findon Friends

A wee gesture from some of John's friends and neighbours in the village of Findon.


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Apr 12, 2021


Apr 10, 2021



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Apr 6, 2021

Duncan and Yvonne Haig


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