Bernice E. Reid, 78, city schools administrator

January 22, 2004

Bernice E. Reid, a retired Baltimore public school administrator, died of heart failure Jan. 15 at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 78.

Born Bernice Ernestine Mercer in Berkeley, Va., she moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from Douglass High School in 1942. She attended what is now Coppin State College until her 1943 marriage to Wendell A. Reid, a baker for Rice's Bakery. The couple later divorced.

She returned to Coppin and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1960. She earned a master's in early childhood development in 1964 from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her doctorate in child psychology from Catholic University of America in 1969.

Dr. Reid began her teaching career in 1960 at Robert Poole Elementary School in Hampden. She was promoted to an administrative position in early childhood development testing and evaluation at the city school headquarters, and retired in 1993.

"About 35 years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. She suffered much, but it never stopped her from reaching the goals she set for herself," said a son, Wendell E. Reid of Baltimore.

Dr. Reid was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today.

In addition to her son, she is survived by three other sons, Phillip B. Reid of Denver, Donald C. Reid of Baltimore and Ronald C. Reid of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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