Loren Reid joined the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art (now the Department of Communication) at MU in 1944, four years after the department’s founding, and remained a Mizzou faculty member until he retired in 1975. He passed away on December 25, 2014, at the age of 109.
When he established this fund in 1995 to celebrate his 90th birthday, Reid sought to enhance the professional growth of faculty and students, supporting opportunities for teaching, research, and service that would transform a good program into a great program.
Throughout his remarkable life and career, Reid embodied all that is noble about our profession. With his teaching and scholarship, his service, and his work with generations of students, he helped pioneer and shape the communication discipline. A gift to the Loren Reid Opportunities for Excellence Fund will support Loren Reid’s vision of building a truly great Department of Communication at Mizzou.