Gordon Reid was born in 1923 and educated at Hurstville Technical School in Sydney, Canberra University College and the London
School of Economics.
As with the majority of Governors before him, Reid had been a military man as a Flight Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. He commenced his civilian career as a reading clerk from 1946 to 1948, was an accountant and clerk of papers from 1948 to 1952, clerk of records at the House of Representatives in Canberra from 1952 to 1955, and Sergeant-at-Arms in the Parliament from 1955 to 1958.
Professor Reid then turned to academia where he became the senior lecture in public administration from 1958 to 1964 and a reader in politics at the University of Adelaide from 1964 to 1966. In 1971, he became professor of political science at the Australian National University, then the vice chancellor and professor of politics at the University of Western Australia between 1978 and 1982.
He was appointed Governor of WA in 1984 by the then Premier, Brian Burke.
He resigned from the post in 1989 after becoming ill with cancer and died shortly after.
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