Robert Reid receives Advancement Champion Award
Robert Reid’s work to enhance educational opportunities through philanthropic support has earned him this year’s T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award.
“I work with Advancement because it’s a passion of mine. I have enjoyed a lot of great years working at Queen’s, and I have a strong alumni attachment,” says Dr. Reid (Meds’74), a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and head of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. “I believe appropriately applied advancement can have major benefits at all levels of the education process.”
One of Dr. Reid’s first collaborations with Advancement came 20 years ago when he was looking for industry to support an introduction to research course for Queen’s medical residents. The course proved beneficial and is now offered to all obstetrics and gynaecology residents in Canada.
More recently, generous benefactors allowed Dr. Reid to create an instructional DVD on the female pelvic exam that is used in medical schools across Canada. He has also offered a media training program for doctors throughout the country, bringing in respected journalists to give physicians the skills to get their message out to the general public.
Dr. Reid sits on the Faculty of Health Sciences cabinet for the Initiative Campaign. He is active in his Meds’74 class that gave the largest Meds class reunion gift in recent memory to the new medical building. He initiated the Queen’s Medical Student Bursary Charity Golf Tournament to coincide with his 30th medical class reunion which has added more than $500,000 to the bursary program since that time. He recently spearheaded an effort to boost the capital funds in the Obstetrics Memorial Fund.
“Dr. Reid is a wonderful ambassador for the School of Medicine and Queen’s,” says Tom Harris, Vice-Principal (Advancement). “His work has provided financial opportunities for students and contributed to improving their medical education.”
Principal Daniel Woolf presented the award to Dr. Reid at the Senate meeting on January 14.