Joseph B. Meagher 1945 - 2011 PETERBOROUGH, N.H. Joseph B. Meagher, 66, of Sand Hill Road, died July 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa.He traveled extensively before moving to Peterborough 24 years ago. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Meagher served as a Special Agent in Army Intelligence from 1968 to 1970. Following his military service, he earned a Master's in Psychology from UCLA. In the mid-1970's, he moved to New England, working in Brattleboro, Vt., at a group home for teenagers. His twenty-year career in publishing began at Country Journal. He joined Yankee Magazine in Boston in the mid 1980's, and moved to Peterborough in 1986 to serve as President and CEO of Yankee Publishing Inc. until his retirement in 1998. A lifelong sports fan, he had a special love for baseball. He played throughout his school years, earning a full baseball scholarship to UC Berkeley. After he moved to Vermont in the 1970's, he played semi-pro baseball with the Northern League's Saxton's River Pirates, eventually serving as player-manager for the team. He was also a great fan of horse racing, spending many summers in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He visited race tracks all over the United States and Europe, and wrote of his experiences, most recently in the New York Times. He is survived by his wife, Karen Peterson of Peterborough; a brother, Kelly Meagher of Chico, Calif.; a sister, Maura Barrington of Torrance, Calif., and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Meagher. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of his life is being arranged. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to Holy Angels Residential Facility, 10450 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA 71106 or to Hospice at HCS, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 30, 2011