Obituary of Tom Reid
Mayor Emeritus Tom Reid, 97, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2023, surrounded by family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Joel Reid Sr, mother, Hazel Nichols Reid, and four sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Trisha Robison, his son, Carl Reid, and granddaughter, Nikki Robison.
Born in Houston in 1925, Tom grew up in a small town in Central Texas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1951, Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas. He was a proud member of the Texas Cowboy’s and the Chi Phi Fraternity. He moved to Pearland with his family in 1965. Tom began his career as a contractor for NASA Johnson Space Center. His career with NASA would arguably serve as the impetus for motivating him to build Pearland into what the city has become today.
The mayor’s 44 years dedicated to the City of Pearland would outlast his professional 32-year career with NASA. While building the framework for Pearland, he managed complex projects and tight budgets for NASA’s Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs. From 1990-1993, he took a brief hiatus as mayor due to travel requirements with NASA. Notable developments that occurred during his tenure include expanding Pearland west to its current border along Almeda Road/FM521; expanding public safety services to include an exemplary police department, the conversion of an all-volunteer fire department to a full-time employed fire department, developing city departments as population grew, cultivating the city’s parks and trails systems, and bringing large residential developments and small and large businesses to promote economic growth.
Tom's commitment to community service extended far beyond his administrative duties. He dedicated himself to numerous community organizations and causes. As an Eagle Scout, he exemplified the values of scouting and went on to serve as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He actively participated in the Pearland Area Citizens Corps, contributing his time and expertise to promote community preparedness and safety. Additionally, he served as an Ordained Elder at the First Presbyterian Church, embodying his deep faith and commitment to spiritual leadership.
Tom also served on the Pearland ISD District Education Improvement Committee, the Adult Reading Center, the Pearland Historical Society, and the Pearland Arts League. His tireless advocacy for education has not only enriched the lives of Pearland residents but has also fostered a culture of lifelong learning that will endure for generations to come. Tom played a pivotal role in securing funding for a standalone library building, aptly located across the street from City Hall, that proudly bears his name. Furthermore, he was an esteemed member of the C.F. Spencer Mason Lodge, attaining the distinguished rank of 32 Degree Mason, and actively participated as a Shriner. Through his involvement in these esteemed organizations, Tom exemplified his dedication to philanthropy, brotherhood, and the betterment of society.
Upon his retirement, he received the esteemed title of Mayor Emeritus from the City of Pearland, a position created in his honor. As Mayor Emeritus, Tom would continue to actively engage with the community, representing the city at various events and serving as a goodwill ambassador. His most recent public appearance took place on March 21, 2023, at the United States Post Office on East Walnut that was named in his honor, recognizing his many years of service to Pearland. At the end of May 2023, he was placed in hospice care. Tom's unwavering dedication and service to the City of Pearland leaves an indelible mark of gratitude. His remarkable legacy will forever serve as an inspiration, illuminating our path as we strive to construct a brighter future for our cherished community.
In lieu of flowers, PLEASE consider donating to one of these wonderful organizations Mayor Tom supported or a cause of your choice:
Pearland Exchange Club
In Loving Memory
1925 - 2023
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