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Dr. J. Rowland Reid, 93

AUG. 28, 1918-FEB. 29, 2012

March 08, 2012
  • Dr. J. Rowland Reid
Dr. J. Rowland Reid

Dr. J. Rowland Reid, 93, passed away at home Feb. 29 while getting ready for work at Peak Vista Community Health Centers, where he had volunteered for the past 22 years.

He was the oldest practicing physician in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Born Aug. 28, 1918, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late J. Richard and Anna Rowland Reid.

He was valedictorian of the 1936 class of Clear Spring High School and graduated from Bridgewater College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After graduating, he served as an Army physician with the 307th General Hospital during World War II. He was stationed in Japan, where he married Judy St. Clair on April 12, 1946.

After the war, he completed his residency at the Universtiy of Michigan, where he directed research that led to the discovery of the first drug to treat tuberculosis. In 1953, Rowland and Judy moved to Colorado Springs, where he practiced medicine for more than 59 years, treating four generations of patients. He spent his lifetime caring for others.

Rowland was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judy; and two sisters, Esther Grossnickle of Myersville, Md., and Katherine Bowman of Bridgewater, Va. He is survived by his brother, Paul Reid, Hagerstown; his three daughters, Susan Stoddard (A.T.), Julie Adams (Rex) and Becky Gilbert (Paul); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

All who knew Rowland will forever remember his quiet dignity and grace.

A memorial service for Rowland will be held at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his honor to Peak Vista Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

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