AGE 71 I CARY, NORTH CAROLINA I UNITED STATES
In the summer of 1970, Richard Reid was a student at the Chautauqua School of Music and Arts in upstate New York, when his winning of a major award—combined with a happy coincidence—afforded him the opportunity to meet Van Cliburn in person after the legend’s recital appearance. He complimented Van on his performance of Beethoven, and, in turn, Van complimented him on his compliment, an encounter the 19-year-old would never forget. Richard went on to earn music degrees from Oberlin College (B.M.) and The Juilliard School (M.M.) before transitioning to computer science with a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina. He’s worked in software engineering for more than 30 years, the last 13 with SNAP Appliance. His other interests include breadmaking, photography, and coin collecting.