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
Jack, we will always cherish our relationships..so much in common Cornell Sports, ILR, Johnson, Human Ecology and Quill and Dagger..and the entrepreneurial spirit. You are sorely missed.. Our condolences to Diane and the family
Shirley and I will always cherish our relationship with you and Diane. A sad loss for us all.. We shared ILR, Johnson and Human Ecology.. You were an inspiration to so many whose lives you touched. You had an entrepreneurial drive to be emulated..and it was by your family and many others.
Heartfelt sympathy to all the family at Jacks passing . Such fond memeories of the fun times with you and Diane , including us in "family' events,and the time at APPharma . So often in my thoughts and deeply saddened by the news of Jacks death . Love and hugs xoxo
Jack, I will miss you so much. You were one of the most generous and kind- hearted individuals that I ever met. You were a great boss, a mentor, a good friend and above all a great human being. Diane, my heartfelt condolences to you and the family. May his soul rest in peace. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Subhash "Sax" Saxena (Ringoes, NJ)
It was a blessing to of had you as a mentor for the last 11 years. A true genelman as well as a wonderful person. I will miss all the great advice and direction you gave me, My heart goes out to Mrs. Meakem and your family, I know they will miss you terribly. You were such a loving , caring and wonderful father, rest in peace Mr. Meakem and God Bless. Lori Papa , Jupiter Florida
I was so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. We enjoyed being with him up in the Berkshires... on the lake. He was a great man and showed a true passion for nature and a concern for the environment. Florence Kastriner (Monterey, MA)
A true gentleman we are honored to have known and we will miss him. Our most sincere condolences to Diane and their family who provided him so much joy and comfort
Jack,you were a great friend and mentor. I will miss our lunches, dinners and the many good times we had.
Diane, you know you can count on Bonnie and I for any help you need.
We are sad to hear of the passing of a great man, gracious friend and neighbor. Our thoughts are with the family. Marty & Dick Maxwell
Rest in peace my friend. We will miss you and the good times we shared.