Hometown Legend

Dr. Margaret W. Reid

Dr. Margaret W. Reid (birthdate unknown; died 1998)
Dr. Margaret Reid was the first Black female physician in Suffolk who served on the medical staff at Louise Obici Hospital (Sentara Obici) and Suffolk Community Hospital (now closed). She was the attending physician for the Suffolk Health Department’s Well Baby Clinic for 25 years; she and her physician husband, Dr. Lonnie Titus (“L.T.”) Reid, served five generations of patients, rendering quality health care for Blacks long before it was available on a large scale basis. The Reids gave their time, talents, and finances to serve and help others, as regular contributors to community, civic, religious, and educational projects throughout the years, and worked diligently to foster good racial relations among all of Suffolk’s citizens. Chosen as Suffolk’s First Citizen in 1983, she and her husband donated their extensive collection of African Art, books, slides, records, and other memorabilia, in order to establish a Black Arts selection at Suffolk’s Morgan Memorial Library. Upon their retirement in 1984, the Cypress Community League set up a scholarship in honor of their work.

Get your free Visitors Guide

Your ultimate guide to Suffolk

Sign up for our Newsletter

Be the first to hear about travel ideas, new local experiences, and deals

Meet in Suffolk

It’s a good time to meet in Suffolk!

Translate »