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Obituary: Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid died on 25 March 2003, aged 43.

Alastair graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in mathematics. He worked for Imperial Life from 1984 to 1988, then Bacon & Woodrow until 1992, followed by a succession of jobs with Crown Financial Management, Whitefoord & Foden, AKG Consultants, Gissings, and Barclays Life, before joining Legal & General in 1994. He qualified as an actuary a year later.

When Alastair joined Legal & General at Kingswood, Surrey, he first worked in the bulk purchase annuity area, and then in L&G Actuarial Services as a scheme actuary.

Alastair’s great passion was skiing, and he never missed an opportunity to take a trip to the slopes. He tragically met his death shortly after returning to the UK after his fourth skiing trip of the season, a long weekend at Davos in Switzerland.

Alastair’s Legal & General colleagues were regularly treated to his homemade fudge, for which he used the Reid family recipe. But it was the ladies and gentlemen of his social circle at home in Guildford that his true culinary skills were reserved for; he never married, but he was legendary for his dinner parties.

Photography was another great interest; hardly was a social event over before Alastair was passing round the prints from a roll of film he’d used.

Alastair was a considerate and thoughtful person, with a great sense of humour, and it is hard to believe that he is no longer with us.