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Pennsylvania Senate honors Reid for years of service to Middletown

Posted 6/12/19

State Sen. Mike Folmer, third from left, and the rest of the Pennsylvania Senate honored former Middletown Mayor Robert Reid, center, on Monday with a citation recognizing his more than 50 years of …

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Pennsylvania Senate honors Reid for years of service to Middletown

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State Sen. Mike Folmer and the rest of the Pennsylvania Senate honored former Middletown Mayor Robert Reid on Monday with a citation recognizing his more than 50 years of service to the borough.

Reid’s family attended, including wife Priscilla Pettis Reid, daughter Bobbie, sons Randolph and Erik, brother Tom, and sister-in-law, Althea.

Here are the prepared remarks presented on the Senate floor by Folmer.

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise today to introduce a very special guest from the 48th Senatorial District, a man who has served Middletown Borough, Dauphin County, for over 50 years: Mayor Robert Reid.

Mayor Reid was first elected to the Middletown Borough Council in 1968. After 10 years of service, he was elected as the first African-American mayor in the history of Pennsylvania in 1978. At the risk of dating myself, some of you may remember Mayor Reid as one of the faces of central Pennsylvania during the Three Mile Island nuclear accident when he helped to calm citizens during that disaster.

He then served as court administrator for Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2000, and was again elected as the mayor of Middletown in 2000, serving through 2014, and he is currently finishing his four-year term on the Middletown Borough Council after being elected in 2015. Mayor Reid attended the Middletown public schools and attended the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and graduated from Shippensburg State University with a bachelor of science in education. He served our country with honor and distinction as a member of the United States Army in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Brigade and received an honorable discharge in 1959.

After returning to Middletown, Mayor Reid served as a teacher in the Middletown Area School District for over 30 years, having retired in 1993. Mayor Reid was appointed to many boards and commissions throughout the years, including: The PA Council on Aging Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging Middletown Red Cross Board of Directors Shippensburg Alumni Board of Advisors and the Penn State University at Harrisburg Board of Advisors, just to name a few.

He is a member of Dauphin Lodge No. 359 of Elks and served as its exalted ruler for a number of years. He was also a member of the Middletown Rotary Club and served as its president for two years. He is a member of the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Middletown, where he served on the trustee board.

Mayor Reid has received countless awards and was inducted into the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 for boxing, and the Robert G. Reid Elementary School in the Middletown Area School District has been named in his honor.

Mayor Reid is joined here today with: his wife, Priscilla Pettis Reid, his daughter Bobbie, his sons, Randolph and Erik, his brother Tom, and his sister-in-law, Althea. Mayor Reid also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who were not able to join us here today.

Mayor Reid has lived a full and productive life, dedicating his time and efforts serving others. Through his many laudable actions and deeds, Mayor Reid has truly been as asset to Middletown Borough and this commonwealth. He is a shining example of community spirit whose contributions are worthy of deep gratitude and Respect. Senators, please join me in welcoming and honoring our very special guest today: Mayor Robert Reid.

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