For 50 years, Tom Reid didn’t just watch a tiny rural town evolve into one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., he’s played an ongoing part in it.
The long-time Pearland mayor and public servant was honored Monday by an entire community at a public celebration for his 90th birthday.
Guests included Rep. Ed Thompson, mayors of neighboring municipalities, current and former council members and city officials and business people. All had well wishes for the man who always seeks a “wow” factor in his city, attends every community event possible and always has a smile and a handshake.
“All along you said you were building a city, and you’ve certainly done that,” commented Chamber CEO Carol Artz Bucek.
Almost every Monday, Reid leads a regular or special City Council session, eagerly thanking citizens for their attendance and input, and recognizing any scout or student groups who may be in the audience.
Born in Houston and brought up in rural Central Texas, Reid first came to Pearland in 1965 and has called it home ever since.
Before his tenure as mayor, he served as Scout Troop Committee Chairman, City Planning Commissioner, city councilman, chairman of the Pearland Library board, and chairman of Brazoria Drainage District #4.
An advocate of regional partnerships, he has served for years on the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Association of Regional Councils.
His community roles also include advocating for education and cultural arts.
Before his full-time community involvement, Reid worked at Johnson Space Center from 1965 to 1997, supervising and managing complex projects with large staffs and tight budgets on Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs.