Meyer, John (Jack) Passed away at home on Jan. 2, 2013 surrounded by family after a full life of 89 years. He touched the lives of many people, both professionally and personally. He was a loving husband and father and cared deeply about both his immediate and his extended family. John was a leader, mentor, teacher, and friend. He showed us the soundness of acting with integrity and the benefits of meeting life with cheer and goodwill toward others. His respect for people of all ages and all personalities and his ability to inject humor into virtually every setting endeared him to all who knew him. John grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating from Marshall High School in 1941. In the fall of that year, he enrolled in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota
. His education was interrupted by military service between 1943 and 1946. After the war, he met and married Lillian (Vidas) in 1945 and resumed his education, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1947 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. They raised three sons: Ed, Don and Ken. In 1955, John started his own structural engineering firm. Jack Borgman and Rollie Johnson subsequently joined him as partners to form the present company called Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ). John's enthusiasm for structural engineering and the building industry, in general, was infectious. He knew people as well as he knew his craft and mentored many a young structural engineer or architect, bringing insight and clarity to the challenges of building design and project management. His engineering firm is responsible for thousands of Minnesota structures including many on the University of Minnesota campuses, and has practiced as far away as China. (Tribute at www.mbjeng.com
). John served in many capacities in professional organizations, such as president of ASCE in Minnesota, president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, officer of the Minnesota Association of Consulting Engineers (now ACEC/MN), president of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology Alumni Society, and was a member of various building code committees. John was the structural engineer of record for many notable projects in the Twin Cities area, including the Orchestral Hall and restoration of Landmark Center. His passion for restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures led him to contribute immensely to the preservation of some of Minnesota's most important landmarks. With his knowledge of historical structural practices and materials and his skill as a structural engineer, John helped reclaim many historically significant structures for the continued use and enjoyment of future generations. In 2008, he was recognized for these contributions by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was an avid volunteer and a strong advocate for organizations that help people. He served on the school board for nine years in Fridley District 14, and served on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Fridley through three decades. He was also active as a volunteer leader with the YMCA of the greater Twin Cities. He provided his structural engineering expertise and supported the YMCA and numerous other groups and organizations. John was an avid reader and history buff. His knowledge of history and ability to recall facts and figures from the time of the Greeks to the present was impressive. He had a strong interest in genealogy and geology. He loved to travel, attend musical performances, play golf and even learn to play bridge (two days before his death), especially together with Lil. John is survived by wife Lillian and sons Ed (and wife Barb), Don and Ken. John chose cremation. Memorial service on Thursday, January 10 at 10:00 am at St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Fridley: 6180 Highway NE. Visitation prior and reception following the service. Burial at Fort Snelling. Donations may be sent to Emma B. Howe branch of YMCA.