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Dr. William Reid of Marco Island, Fla., holds a Trumpet Triton, which Reid purchased after it was taken from the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. Reid displayed the Triton and 39 other shells at a recent Willmar Noon Rotary Club meeting. Looking on were members Connie Schmoll and Bruce Gomm. Reid and his wife, Ute, spend the summers on their farm south of Kandiyohi. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Sea shells provide lifelong fascination for former Willmar, Minn., pathologist

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Dr. William Reid was 24 and a medical student in Philadelphia when he received a box of sea shells from his great aunt's estate. Included was the shell of a Tiger Cowrie, a common herbivore found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and known for its egg-shaped shell with irregular black, brown, gray and white patterns.

Reid was smitten with the beauty of the 200-year-old shell.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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