George R.L. Meiling
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Meiling George R.L. Meiling, age 70, died on March 6, 2013, at OSU Medical Center of Natural Causes. Born in Bexley, Ohio in 1942. Son of Maj. Gen. Richard L. Meiling MD and Elizabeth Lucas Meiling. George is survived by his wife, Susan; sons, Andrew and Richardson (Brandy); step-son, Michael (Diane) Zieg; and his nine grandchildren. George was a graduate of the Columbus Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Captain of United States Air Force (Europe). Air Force Commendation Medal. Financial executive of banking organization from 1969-2002. Served as director-trustee: American Rose Society, World Federation of Rose Societies Conservation Committee, Columbus Park of Roses Foundation, Ameriflora '92, Green Lawn Cemetery, Pro Musica, Columbus Light Opera, Central Ohio Arts Council, Columbus Club, Yale Club of Central Ohio, Yale Alumni Association, Columbus Academy Alumni Board, and Harvard Business School Club. Member of Columbus Public Schools Neighborhood School Development oversight committee. Treasurer: Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus Club, Kit Kat Club, Christ Church, Columbus Park of Roses Foundation, American Rose Society Old Garden Rose Committee, Chairman American Rose Society Classification Committee, Consulting Rosarian, Master Rosarian, International Rose Trials Judge, Earth-Kind Roses representative for Northeastern US. Member: Columbus Club, Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club, Kit Kat Club, The Mory's Association, Royal National Rose Society, American Rose Society, Central Ohio Rose Society, and The Columbus Rose Society. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger RD. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. The Rev. Richard A.Burnett officiating. Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial gifts if desired could be made to Columbus Park of Roses Foundation (Heritage Garden) or American Rose Society Education Endowment. Visit to share a favorite memory or express condolences.

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April 11, 2013
Meiling Family Members,
Yale has lost one of its finest.
George was very kind to me when
I had to undergo brain surgery. Rev. Ron Hooker
Rev. Ron Hooker
March 27, 2013
So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a class ahead of me at the Academy, and we all remember many evenings at his house in Bexley. I saw him frequently during our banking days downtown, and do remember a joint CSG-Academy '61 reunion dinner. A wonderful guy!
David Inglis
March 19, 2013
I'm so sorry, and surprised, to hear of George's passing. All of us who shared his passion for roses will miss him greatly.
Marily Young Williams
March 17, 2013
On behalf of my classmates in the Yale Class of 1964, I extend condolences to Susan and the rest of George's family and friends. George had many friends in our class. We mourn his passing and will remember him on our Class Website ( and at a memorial service on campus during our 50th reunion in May 2014. Anthony M. Lavely, Class Secretary
Anthony Lavely
March 11, 2013
I remember George with fondness-- for his diligent, generous contributions. George made time to mentor many of us while treasurer for the bank in the 1980's and 90's.

As one of those he mentored, I recall occasions when his high expectations would turn to pruning and tending, almost as if we'd become his prized rose. He took such care to challenge and debate with us, and we would benefit from his astute insight about the bank and Wall Street investors.

I speak for many who appreciate how George offered generously of himself beyond what we could have expected. He enriched us by seeking out our thoughts, challenging our ideas through his breadth of expertise, and building our strengths through his not always so subtle influence. Over time, we have each sought to emulate his generous spirit and valuable gift.

I appreciate his clear desire—actually, GEORGE'S DELIGHT! --to strengthen an individual ...just as he would to make a single rose better.
Beth B Luchsinger
March 11, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Meiling family. I worked sometimes with George on credit card merchant pricing during the CNB/Bank One heyday for merchant credit card processing in the 70's/80's. He taught me many things and helped me to succeed. He was a very nice guy.
Jeff Henderson
March 10, 2013
Dear Susy,
Came home to this news tonight (3/10) from a celebratory dinner. Although with heavy heart, it is the celebratory moments with which I associate George and so many fond memories of our Academy days -- nights in his garage in Bexley, laboring over some chemical concoction they wouldn't permit us to make in the lab at school, conversations about sports in which George had more statistics in his head than the sports page of the Columbus Dispatch could ever proffer, beautiful dinners and warm conversations at your house on reunion weekends. One of the pangs of not returning to Columbus in the after years was not getting to know George, and other classmates who didn't leave town, much better over time. Golly I, we, will miss him. All our best and our prayers to you. Fondly, Jim and Margaret Pollock
James Pollock
March 9, 2013
Sending our deepest condolence and many prayers to Suzy and the family
Debby Fortkamp
March 9, 2013
Dear Susan, Our sympathies are with you and your family. We enjoyed the many hours we spent with George through the Central Ohio Rose Society and The Columbus Rose Club meetings and activities as well as the time we spent at The Park of Roses with George. He was a wonderful, knowledgible and tireless educator for our national flower....The Rose. We visited with him at a rosé meeting in Delaware, Ohio several months ago. He will be missed by many.
Brian and Jane Burley
March 9, 2013
Ellie Schooley and I are leaving for Florida tomorrow morning, so we are so sorry for your loss,Suzy, and family and to miss the calling hours.
Dottie Foy
March 9, 2013
Phyllis and I are saddened by George's passing. We first met George about two years ago in San Francisco and enjoyed our time with him, Susy and two of his grandchildren. He was a very nice man and we were looking forward to another visit with him. Our condolences to Susy and to their family.
Ed & Phyllis Liu
March 8, 2013
I am sorry to hear of the passing of George. I have many fond memories of him from the Columbus Academy.
Jim Whalen
March 8, 2013
It saddens me to learn of George's death. We worked together in the banking business for more years than I am willing to admit. My sympathies to George's family ... you've lost a really nice guy.
Ronald Lebio
March 8, 2013
Farewell to a great classmate who leaves us all we amazing memories of his life and sorrow at his death.
Matt Minor
March 8, 2013
I send my condolences to the Meiling family. I worked with George several times in the old Bank One days. Steve Sellers
March 8, 2013
My condolences to Susy and the children.
John Wilder
March 8, 2013
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Bert and Susan Hendley
March 8, 2013
Nicholas Teteris
March 8, 2013
My name is Karen Phillips and I am saddened to hear this news. I worked with Mr. Meiling during the City National Days. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Phillips
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