Impact Stories: Bill Reid

Bill Reid

Bill Reid

Class Year:


John Field

Years of volunteer service: 4

Years of philanthropic support: 4

Please explain your motivation(s) for giving to The Friedman School:

I made a decision a few years ago to increase my giving to the school. I really had not been much of a donor in the past. But I remembered how hard it was to afford school as a student, how I worked a couple of jobs, took out loans, and applied for grants. I remember also that the school was able to come up with some aid – something that frankly made the difference in my being able to continue attending at the time. This small grant came from alums like us – people who gave a bit back to the school to help the next group of graduates. It is a gift I am very thankful for today.

How has the Friedman School impacted your life (personally and/or professionally)?

As I think back on my time there at Tufts – the two years in a pair of houses next to the Medford campus – it was a key experience for me in my professional life. I had the opportunity to work closely with great faculty, take classes over at the Fletcher School, be a TA for a couple of anthropology and political science courses, meet, work with and learn from a group of students from all over the world.

What have you found to be most rewarding/exciting about reconnecting with the School?

About five years ago, I became a member of the Alumni Association Executive Council. For a number of years I really did not do much with respect to alumni activities – busy in my early career, and beginning a family. One day I was called by someone from the school – another alum from another year. She asked me if I would consider participating on the Council. Now at the time, and still today, I lived in Seattle – quite a ways from downtown Boston. I wondered how well it would work to be on a committee from a distance. Well, after years of conference calls and a very occasional face to face meeting, I am still involved and more than ever feel connected to the school and the programs there.

What is your fondest memory of the Friedman School?

Sitting in the small houses on the Medford campus, engaged in a conversation about some program design or policy decision, and then going and having lunch with the staff who were always like family.

Based on your experiences to date, what do you think makes the Friedman School special or unique?

It is really one of the only places I know that blends the science of nutrition with the policy and the practice — the Friedman School is a one of a kind nutrition leader.