MEADE--Everard Kidder, Jr. of West Palm Beach, Florida and New York City, died on September 17 at the age of 87. Meade was a descendent of Major-General Thomas Nelson and of the Right Reverend William Meade, the third Episcopal Bishop of Virginia and considered the Bishop of the Confederacy. Well known by friends for his generosity and lively humor, Kidder Meade was also known as a great story teller. He graduated from The United States Military Academy (West Point, class of 1943) and served as a distinguished Army combat field officer in WWII. He retired due to war injuries as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1946. During his military service, Meade was awarded a silver star, two bronze stars, two purple hearts, three commendation metals, and the combat infantry badge. After the war, Meade served on the First Hoover Commission, was on the staff of the Secretary of Defense, and in 1950 was appointed Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, Dean Acheson. Later he was a Vice President of Colonial Williamsburg. Meade then worked with the Earl Newsom & Company in New York City. In 1957 he joined CBS, Inc. as a Vice President. He retired in 1981 as Vice President of Corporate Affairs. He belonged to a number of organizations and clubs including The Century Club, The Society of Colonial Wars, The Sailfish Club, The Bath and Tennis Club, The Rockaway Hunt Club, The Knights of Malta and The Military Order of the Purple Heart. Kidder Meade was the beloved father of Everard K. Meade III, Devie Meade, Susanna Meade Schindler. He is survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers: The Lord's Place, P.O. Box 3265 West Palm Beach, 33402
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Published in The New York Times on Sept. 30, 2007