John A. Meixner, 87, Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University, passed away January 25, 2013. Born June 6, 1925 in Queens, NY, he graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn.
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As a reporter at the New York Times, he originated Timesweek, an in-house newspaper. After night classes at Columbia University he received a BA from City College of New York (1951). At Brown University he earned his MA (1953) and PhD in English (1957), and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was on the faculties of Clark University and the University of Kansas before coming to Rice in 1968, teaching courses in early 20th-century British literature, film studies, modern drama and creative writing. A dedicated and conscientious teacher, he was both demanding of and inspiring to his students. He is the author of Ford Madox Ford's Novels: A Critical Study (University of Minnesota Press and Oxford University Press) and several articles in literary journals. He was listed in Who's Who in America. Two of his plays, "Leaves" and "Women and Men," were produced by Main Street Theater.
A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Anne Schnoebelen Meixner, Mullen Professor Emerita of Music at Rice University, his son, John Reed Meixner, nieces and grand-nieces.
A memorial service will be held at Rice University at a later date. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be made to The Shepherd Society, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston TX 77251.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 27, 2013