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Fred Meyer Frederick Ray Meyer was born December 30, 1927 in Deerfield, Illinois and joined his parents and son, Brad, in heaven on September 24, 2012. Fred loved his wife of 57 years, Barbara, and their three children, Cheri, Amy and Brad, his five grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Scott, Kelsey and Kristen, and his two great grandsons, Xavier and Alexander. Fred also loved his work, downhill skiing, marathons, professional racecar driving (which he began at age 63 and from which he retired at age 75), mountain climbing, his church and physical fitness, including a three mile daily run for a total of 35,000 plus miles during his lifetime. Fred served his country in the United States Army, of which he was very proud. This patriotic spirit served him well when he was persuaded to become involved in what he called "the greatest game in the world"-politics. Fred served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Dallas County for seven years when Republicans grew from 12% to almost 80% of the elected officials in the county. He was State Chairman for the Republican Party of Texas from 1988 to 1994 during the time Republicans became the dominant party of Texas. Fred served the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, as Chairman of the Victory 2000 Committee in Washington, D.C. for nine months, culminating in a victory for Bush. Fred made thousands of friends during his political years, including four Presidents. But near and dear to his heart were the legions of volunteers that worked with him in Texas. Fred served as Chairman of Congressman Jeb Hensarling's campaign, Chairman of Congressman Alan Steelman's campaign and Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Fred served on the boards of 18 businesses and non-tax paying institutions, including five New York Stock Exchange companies. He was CEO of three organizations and Chairman of the Board of two major companies. Fred graduated from Purdue University in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction. He also graduated from Harvard Business School with highest distinction in 1958. Fred followed the scripture Luke 12:48, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required." For the past 25 years, Barbara and Fred have given a large percentage of their annual income to non-tax paying organizations in hopes that others will follow their example. The family wishes to thank the many friends who made an effort to visit with Fred in the last days of his life on Earth. It made him very happy. They also wish to thank the talented doctors at the Cooper Institute and Clinic: Dr. Ken Cooper, Dr. Laura DeFina, Dr. Nina Radford, and Chairman of the Cooper Institute Board, Dr. Tedd Mitchell. The family is particularly grateful for Dr. Barry Brooks and the doctors and nurses at Medical City. A memorial service celebrating Fred's life will be held at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road (corner of Preston and Walnut Hill) Dallas, Texas. The family will host friends following the service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family kindly requests that you make a donation to the Cooper Research Institute (12330 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230) or the . Fred kindly requests that you vote Republican in November!
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 25, 2012
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