Douglas G. Reid

April 24, 1946April 29, 2021

Douglas G. Reid, 75, of Charlottesville, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Douglas was born on April 24, 1946, in Williamstown, Massachusetts to the late Colin Campbell Reid and Rosina Roffinoli Reid. He grew up in Arlington, VA and spent 2 years in Okinawa, Japan as a teenager. Doug was a proud Wahoo. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

Doug’s life work and passion was as an educator. He was a teacher for 46 years: at Bessie Weller Elementary, Yancey Elementary, and for 31 years at Meriwether Lewis Elementary (MLS). At MLS, he was a 5th grade science & math teacher and led the after-school Chess Club. During his career there, he touched so many lives that he was named “The Heart & Soul of MLS” upon his retirement in 2010. After retirement, he continued teaching & substitute teaching in the Albemarle County Schools until 2019. He particularly enjoyed substituting in ESL classes, as it gave him the opportunity to learn about different world cultures and learn new languages.

Doug had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and was described as brilliant by everyone who knew him. His hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles and playing chess. He loved watching UVA sports, college basketball, and baseball (he was a huge Nationals fan). He also loved going to Fridays after 5, and spending time with his grandson, Charlie.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Sandra Reid; son, Matthew Reid [wife Carmen, children Isabela, Mary Carmen, and Richard]; son Zachary Reid; daughter Abigail Reid [son, Charlie]; sister, Frances Boyne; nephews Newley Purnell [wife Anasuya], Mechum Purnell, and Colin Crumpton [wife Caitlin, children Ella & Gus], and many other nieces & nephews.

A service will be held at a later date, most likely this summer when COVID restrictions have lifted.

Memorial contributions may be made to one of Doug’s charities of choice: - The International Rescue Committee - The Echols Scholar Program Annual Fund - The Washington Nationals Philanthropies


  • A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Trish Northington

May 12, 2021

Mr. Reed is one of my most memorable and favorite teachers. He had such a relaxed presence, happy and funny. I was so happy when my younger brothers also had him during their time at MWL. I spent some afternoons participating in the chess club too! He will be greatly missed by many and especially the Maupin’s!

Roberta Platts-Mills

May 11, 2021

Doug taught my three sons at MLS. He was adored by them and by me. He was a marvelous teacher for a strong math student but, then again, he was a marvelous teacher for ALL children. Everyone treated equally. And he became a friend to me. We had a good catch up whenever we happened to meet in town. Tom and I are grateful to Doug for everything he taught our children. Wicked smart and funny, as others have noted. Our thoughts are with Doug’s family. They know he was simply one of the best.

Jo Vining

May 10, 2021

Dear Sandy and family,

You are in my heart and I am sending love and deepest sympathy.

When I lived downtown, I would occasionally run into Doug and it was always fun to catch up and talk. He was such an authentic, smart person with a wicked sense of humor. I sincerely enjoyed working with him at Meriwether Lewis and think his students were fortunate to have had such a teacher in their lives.

I wish you peace with precious memories.

Love, Jo

Kevin O'Shea

May 10, 2021

As the father of 6 Meriwether Lewis children it is a sad day for our family. Doug was a treat for our kids and he always displayed a great balance of sincerity and humor, and there was never a doubt that he had the best interests of the kids front and center. He will be missed by the O'Shea family.

Dave Ahearn

May 9, 2021

Condolences to Doug's family.
Doug was a year behind me at Kubasaki HS, converted barracks with 3' fans for air conditioning, on the island of Okinawa. We lived on a small, isolated compound called Camp Chinen, overlooking the South China Sea. Chinen was home to a tight group of teenage friends. Our social lives centered on a quonset hut teen club, an officer's club with great burgers, located on a 9 hole golf course, HS and intramural sports, swimming pool, gym, 4-lane bowling alley, and a movie therater -- where we were mesmorized by the new James Bond 007 thrillers. We all lived in similar houses made of concrete with heaters in the closets to combat mildew. What a great place to grow up as teens.
Doug was a good student, good at basketball, well liked, and his parents owned perhaps the coolest, newest car on post -- an Olds as I recall, with moving ribbon-like speedometer and a buzzer for speed control, which his mother religiously used (the island speed limit wad 25mph).
After a full military career, my wife and I moved back to the C'vil area, Lake Monticello. I did not realize Doug had settled here.
I'm truly s ou rry to hear about Doug's passing. Keep the faith, as all is in God's perfect plan.

Ruth Ann Rehm

May 7, 2021

Dear Sandy, Zachary and Abby,
We were shocked and saddened to learn about Doug's untimely
death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ruth Ann and Cliff Rehm

Ruth Dydley

May 7, 2021

So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father, Doug Reid. May God comfort and bring you peace in the coming days. I know you are thinking of all the fond memories and this will help with the sadness of losing someone you love so much. Sending love your way. Ruth Dudley

Dave Rogers

May 5, 2021

Doug always had a laugh and a joke. His energy and wit were far ahead of what anyone else could talk him down. His flamboyance was always for a smile. Doug was also a great teacher and his students truly loved him. Doug's laugh and smile were his greatest gifts and he shared them with everyone.