Robert Osborne Reid, Distinguished Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at Texas A&M University (TAMU), passed away on 23 January 2009 at age 87. He was a founding member of the TAMU Department of Oceanography in 1951 and remained an active researcher until his death. Teaching and advising students was his passion. During his career, he chaired or cochaired the doctoral advisory committees of some 70 students in the fields of oceanography, meteorology, civil engineering, and physics. Of the 38 M.S. students he advised, 11 are included in the 70 who completed their Ph.D.s with Professor Reid.