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Dr. Barbara M. Reid
April 23, 1929 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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She was affectionately known as Mom, Bobbie, B. Reid, and Roadie.
She was a faithful member of Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion church, retired associate dean of the UT College of Nursing, a 75-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a charter member of the Knoxville Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.
Barbara Moulden Reid was initiated into the Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1949 at Knoxville College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 and was selected as one of six Knoxville College students awarded a full scholarship to attend Meharry Medical College, where she became a registered nurse. Knoxville had a shortage of nurses for the black community, and the local nursing schools refused to admit black students. To fill the need, the City of Knoxville provided the scholarships.
After graduation from Meharry, Soror Reid joined the United States Air Force, serving for ten years, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Soror Reid was a lifelong learner. In addition to the numerous certifications she was awarded, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in New York and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Texas at Austin. If you ever visited her home office (better known as the “I Love Me Room”), you would have seen the 91 framed diplomas, certificates, and other honors she received. To name a few, she has Life Memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, Knoxville College National Alumni Association, the NAACP, and the Connectional Lay Council of the AME Zion Church.
She was a charter member of the Knoxville College Loyalty Club, Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, and the Knoxville Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, and founded the Knoxville Chapter of the Societas Dorta, Inc. She was a member of Leadership Knoxville Class of 1989, listed in Who’s Who in America and Personalities of the South, a YWCA Tribute To Women Lifetime Honoree, and an Inaugural Emeritus Member of the Consortium of Doctors.
Dr. Barbara Moulden Reid practiced nursing in several Knoxville hospitals, including serving as head of the OBGYN Department at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was a nursing instructor at East Tennessee State University and served as Dean of Nursing at Winston-Salem University and North Carolina A&T State University. Soror Reid opened the University of Tennessee School of Nursing in 1971 as Associate Dean and was the first African American to hold the associate dean position at UT.Dr. Barbara Moulden Reid an active member of Alpha Pi Omega for over 50 years. She served as chapter treasurer and treasurer of the 58th South Eastern Regional Conference for many years. Soror Reid personally addressed every hand-written Debutante Ball invitation for our chapter. In 1985, Alpha Pi Omega recognized Soror Reid as one of the Black Women Achievers in the Knoxville Area during the chapter’s 1985 observance of Black History Month.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Beulah White; adopted mother, Ophelia( Edom) Thomas; seven siblings, niece, and nephews.
She is survived by a devoted and loving daughter, Valuri Reid; son, Gary (Avice) Reid; granddaughters, Althea (Marcus) Jones and Jacquetta (John) Baldwin; and Brian Campbell Jr., who she affectionately called Grandson; special/adopted daughter, Jennifer D. Taylor (her Roadie); four great-grandchildren, McCorey & Myles Jones and Jillian & Jeremiah Baldwins—a host of family, friends and loved ones.