Meryl G. Fairbairn

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Meryl G. Fairbairn, 83, of Rochester, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Samaritan Bethany on 8th in Rochester.
Meryl was born July 22, 1930, in Minneapolis, the daughter of W. Avon and Inga Gilman. Meryl graduated salutatorian of her high school class in Hopkins and then attended the University of Minnesota where she was the President of the University of Minnesota Republican Club. In 1952, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from the University of Minnesota and then continued her education at The London School of Economics, where she studied political science. Upon returning to the United States, Meryl attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota and received her master's degree in social work. After her years of education, Meryl worked as a social worker in Austin, Rochester and St. Paul. On Jan. 23, 1960, Meryl married Dr. John Fitzgerald Fairbairn II at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis. They resided in Rochester until 1989, when they retired to Marco Island, Fla. Throughout her life, Meryl served her community in a wide variety of volunteer capacities and believed in community service. She loved her collies, her garden, her retirement home in Marco Island, Fla., and her cabin in Hayward, Wis. For all of those she entertained with love, she will be remembered as a gourmet cook and hostess extraordinaire. She was well-educated, compassionate and loved by all who met her. Most of all she loved her family, especially her two grandchildren.
Meryl is survived by her daughter, Karen (Dr. Karl) Nath, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Thomas W. Nath and Meryl C. Nath, both of Rochester; one sister, Robyn Nayyar; and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her son, Bruce; and her parents.
A memorial service will be held at Samaritan Bethany on 8th in Rochester on Saturday, June 28, at 10:30. Luncheon to follow.
Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward, Wis.
Karen, Karl, Thomas and Meryl would like to thank the staff of Samaritan Bethany for their outstanding care. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sports Center, Bruce Fairbairn Room, in Hayward, Wis., or to the Scholarship Fund for Aldrich Memorial Nursery School in Rochester.   
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on June 21, 2014
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