I am sorry to hear of Jack's death from the Chi Psi magazine that came today. What a great rowing coach he was. His race strategy of getting ahead and staying ahead never failed our undefeated freshman lightweight crew that he coached in 1959. Another factor that helped us was that in the early spring, Jack slept in the boathouse so he could get up every couple of hours to run the launch up and down the inlet to break up the ice so the crews could get out on the lake. Jack was a great coach, great human being and an important mentor to me. I still row largely because of Jack.
Dear Diane and family, Ed and I were so sorry to read of Jack's passing. :I will always remember his warm smile and happy greeting. I know your wonderful family will be of great comfort to you now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. .
Anne and Ed Barber (Greenwich,Ct.)
As my husband John, three children and I were driving home yesterday after the funeral, I was reflecting on how very lucky I am to be part of such an extraordinary family. We are all very different, and yet we share this amazing bond of love and respect that has always been nourished by my exceptional parents-in-law. Not only was I accepted into the Meakem family by Mom and Dad, I was embraced, both literally and figuratively. Dad, I will truly miss our conversations, though we disagreed quite a bit. I have learned a lot from you: To look at things from different angles. To persevere. To emphasize the similarities rather than the differences. And to drive a golf cart.
But Dad … soccer really IS more exciting than watching grass grow.
Rest in peace. We miss you tremendously. And thank you for everything.
Your loving daughter-in-law
JACK hired me in 1965 to work in the Vicks summer sales program. This led to a career in marketing. Thank you, Jack.
Diane: We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Please know that you and the entire family are in our thoughts.
Andy and Jane Cahn