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Melinda Sue Meade

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Melinda Sue Meade

Chapel Hill

Melinda Sue Meade died November 19, 2013 at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. She was born on November 2, 1945 in New York City and grew up and went to school and college on Long Island. She was valedictorian of her Hicksville High School and Hofstra University classes.

Melinda planned to teach history, but then changed her life by volunteering for the Peace Corps instead of going to graduate school in history. She taught English for two years in a small town in northeastern Thailand, six hours by elephant from the railhead in the provincial capital. There she discovered the complexities of development and a view of the world from another culture. She then went to graduate school, first at Michigan State and then in the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, in geography to study Asia, population change, and health promotion and disease ecology. Her academic career spanned departments of geography at UCLA, Georgia, and finally UNC since 1976. At Carolina she was awarded the Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, authored a widely respected textbook in medical geography amongst many publications, and was much loved and respected by her graduate students.

Melinda lived in Fearrington Village throughout her decades in Chapel Hill. A celebration of Melinda's life will be held at the Gathering Place in Fearrington Village Tuesday, January 7 at 2 PM.
Published in The News & Observer on Jan. 3, 2014
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