former students presented papers illustrating their recent work. Bob was very proud of his students and at that time had mentored 55 Ph.D. students. While working with Bob several years later, I commented on this large number. His reply was: “I have supervised an additional number of Ph.D. students since then.” As a student of Bob’s while studying at Texas A&M for my master’s degree in the 1950s, I sometimes felt a bit embarrassed that none of us could ask an intelligent question after one of his thorough lectures. His engineering legacy includes extremely significant contributions to our understanding and design capabilities in the nearshore and a cadre of former students whose lives have been enriched by their association with such an inspiring and productive mentor.
His widow, Marjorie Ferry Reid wrote that she and Bob were married for 62 years and were the parents of 6 children; sons Robert, Russell and Thomas and daughters Nancy and Carol. Their youngest daughter, Maryellen was killed in a tragic accident in 2000. Rob and Russell are architects, and Tom has retired from A.O.L. Nancy is a veterinary assistant and Carol is an artist. Marjorie and Bob were blessed with eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.