In Memory: Olen Reid "Reid* Ashe III

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The Stewart School of ISyE is sad to report the passing of one of our students, Olen Reid "Reid* Ashe III, 23.who died in a sport parachute malfunction on July 26, 2008.

Reid was an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech majoring the industrial and systems engineering.

"Reid found happiness in our School of Industrial and Systems Engineering after facing doubts in another School at GT,* said Patti Parker, ISyE undergraduate program manager. "After going through some rough times, Reid seemed optimistic about School and content and at peace in his personal life. I feel fortunate to have known him. He was a delightful breath of fresh air."

Reid was a native of Miami, Florida, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and Tampa, Florida. He attended Wichita Collegiate School and, in Tampa, St. Mary's School and Berkeley Preparatory School. He moved to Richmond with his family in 2001 and enrolled in the Collegiate School, where he graduated in 2004. At Collegiate, he was on the swim team and active in the theater. He also enjoyed indoor wall-climbing. He took up skydiving after enrolling in college and joined a team that performed formation maneuvers in flight. He came one short of his 300th jump on Saturday.

Wherever he lived, Reid enjoyed strong friendships. He pursued his interests with passion and shared it with those around him. Following advice that one of the best ways to find yourself is through service to others, he sought opportunities with the Atlanta YMCA. He became a counselor at the Atlanta's Cherokee Outdoor YMCA, where he taught climbing. Some of his Georgia Tech friends joined him there on the staff. There Reid found a part of himself that he didn't know * a pleasure in working with children and teaching skills.

To honor Reid, the Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA at Lake Allatoona in Woodstock named its climbing tower for Reid. The 60-foot structure will become the Reid Ashe Memorial Climbing Tower.

Toby Bramblett, YMCA executive director, described Ashe as a "rock for this facility" in his role as action learning coordinator. For the past two summers Reid managed the YMCA's climbing towers and lead off-site climbing trips. "This is a way for us to remember him," Bramblett said. "He made an impact on that wall. That's a way for us to continue the tradition of Reid."

Reid leaves his parents, Lisa Fye Ashe and Olen Reid Ashe Jr, of Richmond; a younger brother, David, who is a student at the College of Charleston; and a grandmother, Imogene H. Fye of Galax, Virginia.

Memorial donations are suggested to the YMCA of Greater Richmond or the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.


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  • Created By: Barbara Christopher
  • Created: 08/06/2008
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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