Richard Ayres Reid, attorney, outdoorsman

December 22, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Richard Ayres Reid, a retired Towson attorney and outdoorsman, died last Monday of complications from a stroke at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 77.

Mr. Reid was born in Baltimore and raised in Sparrows Point. He attended Sparrows Point High School and graduated from the Gilman School in 1949.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1953 and his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1956.

After serving in the Navy as a lawyer, he joined the Towson law firm of Proctor, Royston & Mueller in the late 1950s.

Mr. Reid later became a senior partner in Royston, Muller, McLean & Reid, where he was a litigator specializing in eminent-domain cases.

He had been an active member of the Baltimore County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. He was also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He also loved listening to bagpipe music and was a skilled clogger, family members said.

Mr. Reid had been a member of the Baltimore Country Club, 4712 Club Road, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 2.

Surviving are two sons, Andrew Reid of Baltimore and Jim Reid of Asheville, N.C.; a daughter, Liza R. Clechenko of St. Charles, Ill.; two grandsons; and a special longtime friend, Clarinda Harriss of Guilford. His marriage to Jeanette Reid ended in divorce.

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