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 Remembering Freda
February 15, 1926 – March 31, 2020

Courtesy Ian Reid.

Freda Reid, a research scientist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and early activist for restoration of the San Dieguito River Valley, passed away peacefully at her home in Del Mar on March 31, 2020. She was a unique contributor to the Sandpiper authoring articles that emphasized her deep love of ocean life, preserving the river valley and the village-like nature of Del Mar. It brought her great happiness in later years to see the restoration of the San Dieguito River estuary, as well as the progress of the River Valley Conservancy’s acquisition and protection of lands in the river valley.

Freda was born in Manchester, England, coming to America in 1951 on the Queen Mary, studying aquatic biology at Ohio State University then accepting a position at Scripps where she met and married Joe Reid, a renowned oceanographer. They moved to Del Mar in 1963 and were together for 62 years until his death in 2015. She authored and co-authored many scientific journal articles pertaining to the taxonomy and ecology of phytoplankton. Freda is survived by sons Ian and Julian, daughter-in-law Carol, two grandsons, four great grandchildren, and three nieces in England.



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