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Donald W. Meals of Holmes Beach passed away April 22, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida at age 90. Born June 5, 1922 in Carlisle, PA, he graduated from Carlisle High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Dickinson College. From 1943 to 1945, he served with the U.S. Army 94th Infantry division. During his service, he landed in Normandy and fought through Brittany and into Germany. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and received a Purple Heart for injuries received during the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Briner, in Carlisle PA. Further education in psychology and management led to a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. In the 1950s, he worked for the Operations Research Office of Johns Hopkins University, providing research support for the U.S. Army. He became director of the Combat Operations Research Group, where he led wargaming and field experimentation involving early computer simulations. Later, he joined TechOps, Inc. in Hampton, Virginia as Vice President for System Sciences where he managed similar work for the U.S. Air Force. At that time, he and his family moved from Virginia to Lexington, Massachusetts. He later joined the Raytheon Corporation where he worked to apply emerging technologies to the fields of education and training. In 1966, he joined Arthur D. Little of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a Senior Consultant, working in management and training development. Until his retirement in the 1990s, he worked extensively in the U.S. and overseas, developing management and training systems for public and private organizations. His work took him to more than 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. He was an intrepid traveler, and in his free time, immersed himself in local culture and explored his surroundings with insatiable curiosity. In the U.S., he taught management subjects in an MBA program of the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute. During this time, he assisted in the founding of the Merrimack Education Center (MEC), where he continued for years as a member of its Board of Directors. Once retired, he divided his time between homes in Bedford, Massachusetts and Holmes Beach, Florida. During retirement, he continued to work as an unpaid consultant to MEC, and in Florida became a member of the Board of Directors of the Literacy Council of Manatee. He was always busy with hobbies and during his lifetime was an avid beekeeper, woodworker, and gardener with a passion for orchids and hybridizing daylilies. He took up golf and was a member of the Key Royale Club. He enjoyed Dixieland jazz, Gilbert & Sullivan, and classic opera. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Kathleen, in 1998. He is survived by his son, Donald W. Meals, Jr., daughter-in-law Mary Sullivan, their daughter Kaela of Burlington, Vermont, and his daughter Jennifer Kalajian, son-in-law Jeffrey, and their children Tom and Lisa of Kinnelon, New Jersey. He also leaves behind his partner of 13 years, Marian Kennedy of Florida and her family, Charles and Michele Nash and Drs. Marilyn and Andrew Wilking. Don was an intelligent, intensely curious man who exemplified responsibility, leadership, and service. Throughout his life, he was gregarious, cheerful, and kind, although overly fond of puns. He was truly a member of the Greatest Generation. A private memorial service will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC.

Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2013
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