Obituary

B. Keith Meyer

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XENIA B. Keith Meyer, (July 3, 1921- March 5, 2013), Keith's working career spanned several continents and included several professions. He married Marjorie Zeller (both were from Springfield) in Sioux Falls, SD in 1943, while actively serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was a radio instructor. Following the War, he finished college at Wittenberg University, while working as the Director of Youth Programs at the YMCA in Springfield, OH. He brought his family to Xenia in 1951 to work with city leaders to start a new YMCA in Xenia, where he was it's first Executive Director. The campaign and subsequent building of the current Xenia YMCA structure was under his direction. After moving in 1961 to the Morristown, NJ, YMCA as Executive Director, in 1964 he and his family embarked on an international journey. Keith joined the YMCA International staff, spending 8 years in Taiwan to help establish their national Y program. He then moved on to Bangkok and then Singapore, from which he helped develop YMCA projects throughout Southeast Asia, from Pakistan to South Korea. Particularly important during this time was his work with the YMCA Refugee Program in Vietnam during the war. He and his family returned to the U.S. in 1977, where he worked for the YMCA International Committee out of New York City, traveling throughout the world on Y missions. In 1979, he retired early from the Y to embark on his entrepreneurial career, moving back to Xenia to start a small non-profit organization that evolved into a company called Global Exchange. He then focused on developing an ultra-efficient vaccine delivery system that could help solve some of the constant problems he saw in many areas of the developing world, where vaccines and medications could not be kept viable long enough to help. This effort eventually became Thermal Systems International and VacuPanel, applying high tech insulation and other materials to help solve basic human problems. That company is now C-Safe in Moraine, OH, and the VaxiCool and its follow-on units are a lasting tribute to his goal. Throughout his career his efforts focused on making the world a better place. Amidst this focus on people, he and Marge raised five children, Chris, Vicci, Lori, Sue, and Gayle, and have ten grandchildren and now twelve great-grandchildren. Between the many meetings he found time to get to ball games, class events and dance recitals. He believed that the "Christian" part of YMCA should be applied to all people, and he remained an active Methodist, helping to start mission projects, churches and other programs in several locations around the world. One of his favorite descriptive terms to family and friends on a job well done is now one that his family and friends will use to describe his life: he was indeed "a class act." A Memorial Service for Keith will be held 3 PM Friday, March 8, 2013 at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia, with Rev. Steve Gill presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in his memory be made to the Xenia YMCA. Online condolences can be made at www.mccolaughfuneralhome.com. Services are in care of McColaugh Funeral Home Xenia, Ohio.


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