Former WSFA sports director, voice of Crimson Tide dies

Richard Stanton Reid
Richard Stanton Reid

MONTGOMERY, AL - Richard Stanton Reid, a former WSFA sports director and later the voice of the Crimson Tide has died. Reid, 88, of Montgomery passed away on December 20th.

Born in Boston, MA in 1922, Reid graduated with honors from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 1947. He served in WWII in Italy as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1944-1946.  He was manager of the Armed Forces Radio Station in Naples, Italy in 1946 where he broadcast news to European Armed Forces.

Mr. Reid began his career as Sports Director for WSFA radio and also served as the Voice of Crimson Tide Football Network from 1949-1953.  He also broadcast the Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

He then served as Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. for Congressman George Grant of Alabama.

Mr. Reid served as a chamber executive with Chambers of Commerce in Columbus, GA and St. Lucie County, FL until joining the Alabama Development Office (ADO) from where he retired in 1985.

He was a Certified Industrial Developer, and held memberships in the American Industrial Council, The Southern Industrial Development Council and was past president of Industrial Developers Association of Alabama.

As a volunteer in retirement, he interviewed former University of Alabama coaches and players for taped oral history of Crimson Tide football, which includes his broadcasts of games that are now part of the Paul W. Bryant Museum.

Mr. Reid was a lifelong Presbyterian, past member of Rotary Club in St. Lucie County, FL and Lions Clubs in Montgomery, AL and Columbus, GA.  He was an avid golfer for more than 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Ruth Lowe Reid of Montgomery; two sons, Richard Lowe Reid of Sacramento, CA, Bruce Stanton Reid (Emilie) of Montgomery, AL; sister, Dorothy R. Wagstaff, Hingham MA; seven grandchildren; and four great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his brother John Brooks Reid, Ithaca, NY; his parents Mr. and Mrs. D. Albert Reid, Boston, MA; and his aunt Madeline E. Stanton, New Haven, CT.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Special thanks to Dr. W.D. Smith, Dr. John Williams and Dr. Stephen Kwan.

Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund or The Jackson Hospital Foundation.