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Meador, William 1929 - 2017
William Ralph Meador, born on July 9, 1929 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus on November 24, 2017. His parents, Lillian Frances Watts Meador and Eric Bing Meador, Sr., predeceased him, as did his older brother, Dr. Eric B. Meador, Jr. Ralph was able to live the independent life he wanted until the very end. After breaking his hip in January, he became increasingly frail. Eventually long-term heart problems took their toll, and he passed peacefully after a short hospital stay. Ralph was a true exemplar of the wry expression "a real character." He was well-educated, well-read, and well-spoken, and he expected others to be the same. His dry sense of humor, along with a strong dose of irony, infused his stories and letters. He had vast arcane knowledge of a seemingly endless variety of subjects and objects. He was a dear sweet man. To his niece and nephews, he was the absolute definition of the word "avuncular," in short, the perfect uncle. He was a good storyteller, who never forgot a birthday, spoke up for our welfare, and reliably found us the most unusual Christmas presents, usually at the last possible moment. Ralph spent his early years in Oklahoma City. He earned a BA with distinction from Rice Institute in Houston in 1951 and a PhD in chemistry in 1956. His chemistry career began with Conoco in Ponca City, OK. In 1968 he moved to Columbus to work as an editor and document analyst for the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) until his retirement in 1994. A talented musician, Ralph played the glockenspiel (of course he did!) in the Rice Band and was proud to perform with them in the Cotton Bowl. A lifetime connoisseur of classical music, he was a very good amateur pianist. He once calculated that his parents had paid for 443 piano lessons, for which he was profoundly grateful. Ralph was an avid rose gardener and served for many years as an enthusiastic volunteer for the Columbus Park of Roses, where he will be sorely missed by Tina and her team of volunteers. He moved into independent living quarters at Wesley Glen in 2015 and made some good friends there. He especially appreciated his annual invitation to Thanksgiving dinner given by a former CAS colleague and his wife, Casey. He did have to miss that final dinner this year, for which everyone was truly sorry. He was a prolific correspondent, keeping up with many classmates, colleagues, and relatives over the years. He was especially proud to attend in his 50th college reunion. He attended many annual CAS retiree potlucks, where he enjoyed reminiscing. An expert genealogist, Ralph also kept up with members of the Meador and Watts families near and far. He was an editor to the end. Understanding his letters and email required a thorough knowledge of the CAS editorial style guide. One of his favorite expressions was "Everybody Needs An Editor," abbreviated of course as ENAE. This was both a way he explained any of his own textual errors, and also a concept he believed should be more broadly appreciated in the general population. The family would like to thank Dr. Jean Flaherty, along with Donovan, Erin, and the 8th floor nurses, for their diligent and compassionate care during Ralph's final days at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Survivors include Patricia Meador and Wade Shaw of Austin, TX; John and Collene Meador of Half Moon Bay, CA; William Eric Meador of Houston, TX; Robert and Barbara Meador of Clearwater, FL; James Meador and Liping Yang of Mountain View, CA; and Richard Meador of Denver, CO; along with three grand-nieces and three grand-nephews. A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City on Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 PM. Arrangements are by Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in Bethany, OK. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to Columbus Park of Roses Foundation, P.O. Box 09576, Columbus, OH 43209; 614-645-3391, [email protected]
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 8, 2017
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