The Authors

Roberto A. Reid, B.A., M.A. The Author was born in Panama City, Republic of Panama and spent his childhood and adolescent years in the Panama of the Gold and Silver Roll of the old Panama Canal Zone.  His secondary studies were begun in the well-known National Institute, later transferring to Abel Bravo in the city of Colon.

As with most young people of his day he worked at any honest job even at unpaid tasks like assistant in a dental clinic, and as an auto mechanic and car wash. He moved to Bocas del Toro Province to find his first paying job as a peon in the banana plantations. He was soon promoted to office clerk in the engineering office until destiny moved him to the United States. He completed his university education in New York City with a B.A. in education and ethnic studies. Later he obtained his Masters Degree in Studies in Aging. He has been a pioneer in Afro-American and Afro-Hispanic studies since he entered the University. A poet, he has also been writing novels and articles ever since then.

He repatriated to his native Panama in the early 1990’s and actually lives in Panama City.


Lydia M. Reid, B.A., MLS.   Executive Director, author. Mrs. Reid is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Silver People Heritage Foundation.

Her professional experience has included pioneering work in establishing technical library systems.  Her specialty has always been Special and Technical libraries and she has always enjoyed working with scientists, researchers, teachers, and students.

The Silver People Heritage Foundation has become a passion and a driving mission for Mrs. Reid.

12 responses to “The Authors

  1. Mr. Reid: Thank you very much for your contribution.There is a lot more work to do and healings to take place.I have written a book titled:”Disperse” and I would like our people to read it on “google”.Enter my name;search for the title of the book[google.books].It can also be purchased at “Barnes and Noble”.Our country need a department and a curriculum of Black Studies and Religion.I also attended el Instituto in 70’s.

  2. Mr. Dadd,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. If you would like to send us a link to the Google Books page, we would be happy to display it here. It is also helpful if you send a short- 2 or 3 sentence description of what the book is about.

    • Hey, I just hopped over to your web page via StumbleUpon. Not something I would usually read, but I liked your views none the less. Thanks for making something well worth browsing.

  3. Terrence Layne

    Hello Mr. Roberto Reid,

    I received notice about your commendable efforts, along with members of your organization, related to raising the national consciousness about our cemetaries and deserving dignity.

    Thank you and your group so much for your willingness to step out of your comfort to address a matter so sacred to our families. The thought of exhuming remains of loved ones and others, who gave so much of themselves for our country is pretty chilling. I am consoled, simply by your efforts to secure the dignity of resting in peace for our heroes.

  4. I have been in touch before, I think, before I was ill last year. This time I am interested in the mention of the name Powell Thompson in the last decades of the 19th century. Samuel Powell Thompson was actually a Black Guyanese who lived in Jamaica from 1870 until 1883 when he left for Colon on the ‘Para’. In Jamaica he was a lecturer, shorthand writer and teacher, journalist, and in fact taught perhaps briefly at Wolmer’s School where i taught for over 30 years from the 1950s to the early 1990s. So, I am interested in his story in several ways; there seems to be no academic mention of him that I have found so far. I hope there may be material on his life in Panama, and possibly even an obituary, which could be very informative. JL

    • Ms. Lumsden,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. It is queries such as yours that we most treasure as they reveal the most precious of our “Cultural Treasures,” the men and women of intellect who have left so much of a legacy in Panama. We hope you have already read the article The Professionals on our Heritage site which reviews other figures from the West Indies, mostly Jamaica, who had a great impact on the Silver People of Panama.

      We will look through some of our sources and if we come across Samuel Powell Thompson, we will let you know. He sounds like a fascinating figure who would definitely have made news in Panama’s Silver community.

      Please stay in touch as we have some questions about some of our “missing links” as well.

  5. I found 2 days ago a letter from S Powell Thomson to the editor of the Gleaner in August 1897 sent from –
    Foreign Correspondence Bureau.
    Colon, Isthmus of Panama, R. C.’
    This sounds as if he kept up his journalism in Panama.
    The reference I had seen on your sites was –
    ‘Más, en el capítulo XLIV, sobre educación, Salabarria hace mención de una escuelita privada en los últimos decenios del siglo XIX, que fue dirigida por un Jamaicano de nombre Powell Thompson. Este servidor supone que habla sobre la escuela que fue conocida como “Mr Blake.” ‘
    ‘More, Chapter XLIV, education, Salabarria [makes?] mention of a private school in the last decades of the nineteenth century, which was led by a Jamaican named Powell Thompson. This server is talking about the school was known as “Mr Blake.” ‘
    If you do find out more I would be grateful if you could email me at the address I have given.
    Regards, JL

  6. Sorry about spelling of surname – in the Jamaican newspapers the name is spelt both Thomson and Thompson.

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  9. Deborah McLean Lewis

    Hello this is Deborah McLean-Lewis. Your God-Daugther. I spoke with you a few years ago. I would hopefully like to make contact again and hopefully this time stay in contact. Sorry for my part in not staying in touch. My telephone number is 718.813.7815, God’s blessings always

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