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Frank John Reid

May 30, 1940 ~ February 6, 2018 (age 77)

Frank John Reid died February 6, 2018 without ever riding in a steam-powered automobile or sighting a UFO. Among his many friends he was known for his in-depth knowledge of both, however. A former Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Chicago, Mr. Reid's academic career was cut short by the onset of mental illness. Over time, he turned his talent for research toward both the intricacies of steam engines and the mysteries of unidentified flying objects. Mr. Reid was at the former office of the Center for UFO Studies on Chicago's North Side when Jay Leno called him in response to a letter about Leno's cars. The two men chatted like old friends about their shared interest. Then Mr. Reid returned to his research into explanations for a 17th century UFO sighting he grappled with for forty years. Mr. Reid was born in Los Angeles in 1940. He grew up in a family-owned apartment building on the North Side with his grandparents and his four "aunts"- one of whom was his mother. He was a graduate of St. Benedict High School and Loyola University. He taught at a private school in Hyde Park and worked as a fact checker for Encyclopedia Britannica. At times during his life Mr. Reid raised orchids and snakes. His college friend journalist Pat Joyce recalls Mr. Reid carrying his young boa constrictor inside his shirt when they went to a bar together on a frigid Chicago night. He feared the snake might be in danger in his cold apartment. Mr. Reid's illness was complicated over time by serious physical health issues that resulted in his sudden and unexpected death on February 6th, 2018 at the age of 77. He was a faithful friend who loved dropping by to discuss his research, bringing clipped cartoons for the adults and little toys for his friends' children. His friends would like to thank Carolyn Gehle for her twenty years of professional assistance making a fuller life possible for Frank. A Memorial Mass for Mr. Reid will be held at 10am, Saturday, March 24th at St. Ignatius Church 6559 N Glenwood Avenue, Chicago with a gathering immediately following Mass at the parish.

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