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MELDON, Jerry Dedicated

Professor Of Hopkinton, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly in Southmont, North Carolina on July 18, 2017. Jerry was born in New York City on October 23, 1947 to Helen and George Meldon. He attended Stuyvesant High School, earned his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

He was a man of strong moral convictions with a wry sense of humor, and a generosity of spirit that charmed devoted friends from many walks of life and many corners of the globe that he so loved to travel. As a scientist and professor of chemical engineering at Tufts University, he left an enduring impression on countless students, and made important contributions to the field. He was a passionate and tireless champion for peace and justice, and a voracious reader of scholarly works of political history and current events. His keen writings on topics related to deep politics and foreign affairs were published in the Boston Globe, Consortium News, and elsewhere.

As a devoted husband, father, brother and friend, he enjoyed listening to all genres of music especially doo-wop, summers on Martha's Vineyard with his family, and discussing different points of view with anyone willing to listen.

A tenured associate professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University, Jerry previously served as the chairman of the department and was also a proud member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jerry is survived by his wife Robin, his sister Anne, and his children Jamie, Perri and Seth.

The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, at Pine Grove Cemetery, South Street, Westborough, Massachusetts. Rabbi Jeffrey Summit of Tufts University will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Trustees of Reservations or the American Civil Liberties Union. The family will be sitting shiva on Monday, July 24 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. For information on sitting shiva and condolences, please email

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Published in Boston Globe from Jul. 21 to Jul. 23, 2017.
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December 22, 2017
Jerry was a Mensch. Although he was loaded with degrees and publications, he was a beautiful guy, with a huge, loving heart, who loved his family, life and a good laugh. It is hard to imagine the world without his smile and wry sense of humor. May his memory be forever be blessed and May all who mourn him be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, Ronna Kabatznick and Peter Dale Scott
Ronna Kabatznick
September 4, 2017
Very sad to hear about Jerry one year shy of our 50th Cooper Union class reunion. I've seen him several times during the intervening years and have met Tufts alumni several times who have described Jerry as the best professor they ever had. My condolences to his family and all who knew him.
Marty Garey
September 4, 2017
Sorrow for your loss. The descriptions of Jerry as an attentive compassionate person are so much like the person I first met in 1964. My memories of Jerry as an engineering classmate at Cooper Union are still very strong. An intelligent and witty friend, always willing to help those of us, myself included, wallowing thru some complex engineering problem (usually a "Schiebel problem"). Please extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his extended family.
Barry Winkler
September 3, 2017
It is nearly 50 years since we graduated Cooper together and I haven't seen Jerry since then, but I still have very fond memories of him as a strong member of the ChE '68 class. I was truly saddened to hear of his passing and I extend my deepest condolences to his family.
Steve Pincus
August 4, 2017
Dear Meldon family, I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the loving memories of Jerry and God's beautiful promise for the future. Jeremiah 29:11
August 1, 2017
So sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Our thoughts are with your family.
Linda, Michael, Evan Katz
July 29, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May you find true comfort and a message of peace during this time of grief.
July 25, 2017
Jerry Meldon was an inspirational educator, and helped me tremendously in applying to medical school. I will always have fond memories of Professor Meldon

Dana Woods MD
July 25, 2017
I'll miss Jerry. He had a wonderful smile and a wry sense of humor, and a knack for recognizing the humanity in others. I fondly recall his firm conviction that the office copy machine at ChBE had it in for him. You've gone too soon, Jerry. May your memory be a blessing for all those who knew and loved you.
Julia Poirier
July 24, 2017
Saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He would attend our Lower East Side reunions and bring his profound energy and warmth each time. After not seeing him for many years, his smile and humility transcended the years and made me feel like it was just yesterday that we were just hanging out in the back of the co-op. I will never forget him. Love to his family from the Goldman/Gottlieb family.
Ross Goldman
July 23, 2017
Anne my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Brother's family. I know how important they are to you.
Amy Thomas
July 23, 2017
Robin,Seth,Perri and James our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve and Anne Snyder
July 23, 2017
I was privileged to have known Jerry and considered him a friend and colleague. He was not only a gifted engineer but a modest and measured individual.

Steve Fitzpatrick
July 23, 2017
I am privileged to have known Jerry and considered him a friend. He was not only a gifted engineer but a modest and measured individual. I will miss him.

Steve Fitzpatrick
July 21, 2017
"Hamakom y'nachem etchem b'toch sh'ar availai tziyon ee yerushalayim." May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

Very sad to hear of Jerry's passing. As a staff member in Tufts ChBE office, Jerry will be missed terribly and remembered fondly.
Kristin McAdams
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