In memoriam: Jack Reid (OAA)

ECE alumnus and recipient of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award John M. Reid passed away on Jun 25, 2023 in Bellevue, Washington. He was 97. 

A pioneer and innovator in the area of biomedical engineering, Reid began his academic career at the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 and his master’s degree in 1957, both in electrical engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. An exemplary researcher, teacher, and mentor, his work in tissue characterization with ultrasound, echocardiography, and pulse Doppler expanded our knowledge of biomedical imaging diagnostics and vastly improved patients’ lives. 

John M Reid smiling into the camera standing outdoors against a backdrop of trees

Reid served in academia at the University of Washington, Thomas Jefferson University, and Drexel University, and Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He retired as Professor Emeritus from Drexel University. He was awarded important U.S. patents for ultrasonic imaging catheters, and was recognized with the prestigious honor of IEEE Life Fellow. To his colleagues and students, he was known not only as a brilliant researcher, but also as a supportive mentor whose professional experience was touched by personal warmth and a friendly attitude. Reid truly exemplified the qualities of achievement, commitment, and service, the criteria for the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

The department extends its sincere condolences to Professor John M. Reid's family and friends.