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William Watkins Reid,, American county commissioner. Ordained elder United Methodist Church, 1952. Recipient John Frederick Oberlin Outstanding Rural Pastor award Rural Church Institute, 1956, Winning Hymn award National Council Churches, 1958.


Reid,, William Watkins was born on November 12, 1923 in New York City. Son of William Watkins Senior and Edith Almond (Fowler) Reid.


AB, Oberlin College, 1947;Master of Divinity, Yale University, 1950.


Pastor, Camptown (Pennsylvania) Methodist Church, 1950-1957;pastor, Carverton Methodist Church, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, 1957-1967;pastor, Control United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1967-1978;district superintendent Wilkes-Barre district, United Methodist Church, Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1978-1984;pastor, Wyoming (Pennsylvania) United Methodist Church, 1984-1985;pastor, Tunkhannock (Pennsylvania) United Methodist Church, 1985-1992;county commissioner, Wyoming County, Tunkhannock, since 1992. Board directors Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock. Chair Wyoming County Rural Health Task Force, Tunkhannock, since 1992, Wyoming County Library.

Board, Tunkhannock, since 1993. Member Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Council, Towanda, Pennsylvania, since 1992, Northern Tier Export Advisory Council, Towanda, since 1994.


  • Ordained elder United Methodist Church, 1952.


Delaware general conference United Methodist Church, 1976, 80, 84, delegate Northeast jurisdictional conference, 1972, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, general board church and society, 1972-1976. Active City Council, Wilkes-Barre, 1972-1976. Founder, member Martin Luther King Junior Committee for Social Justice, Wilkes-Barre, since 1980.

President board trustees Family Service Association Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, since 1986. Board directors Wyoming County United Fund., Tunkhannock, since 1987. With United States Army Medical Corp, 1943-1945, European Theatre of Operations.

Member National Association Counties (health steering committee since 1992), County Commissioners Association Pennsylvania (member energy, environment and land use committee since 1992, human services committee since 1993), Wyoming Valley Torch Club (trustee, past president).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bird study, camping, hymn-writng, drama.


Married Margaret Amelia Latsha, September 7, 1946. Children: Philip David, Elizabeth Margaret (Mistress William Beebe), Thomas William.

William Watkins Senior Reid,

Edith Almond (Fowler) Reid,

Margaret Amelia Latsha

Philip David Reid,

Elizabeth Margaret Reid, (Mistress William Beebe)

Thomas William Reid,