School mourns loss of PHLP’s Mary Reid

July 12, 2013
Mary Reid

Mary Reid

Mary Reid, program coordinator for the Health Care and Prevention concentration in the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program, died June 30 after a brief illness.

She was a woman of “delicate loveliness and serene demeanor,” her co-workers say, “but her gentle appearance belied an iron capacity to organize program details large and small.”

A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., Ms. Reid previously worked as an editor at the UNC Press.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred Reid, MA, research assistant professor of family medicine and director of information and research services for the department; their children Caroline and Patrick, and one grandchild.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at the Newman Catholic Student Center, 218 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to consider contributions in Ms. Reid’s memory to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina or the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

“Mary made it easy for us to rely on her as a treasured member of the program’s family,” said Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD, associate director of the concentration and research associate professor of pediatrics. “Our faculty, staff and students mourn her loss.”


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or