Marion R.W. Meyer

 November 2, 2015 Marion R.W. Meyer passed away on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina after a short illness. In her resume, the 94-year old lifelong educator sums up her greatest passion in three words: "making a difference." Marion Rich Waterman Meyer, born in 1921 in Auburn, Maine, began making a difference at the age of 20 when she accepted her first teaching assignment at Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor, Maine. From that one-room school house, Marion rose to the rank of Assistant Dean of Syracuse University's School of Management. She was always active professionally, serving as a charter member and long-term president of the Association of Academic Affairs Administrators. Along the way, she met and married fellow educator John Austin Meyer, Professor of Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Together, they shared their passion for learning both in the classroom and in the world at large. Their shared love of travel propelled them to visit all fifty of the United States, driving across the country exploring "the roads less traveled." When John passed away in 1997, Marion continued their journey in two ways, first through the establishment of the John A. Meyer Radioisotope Analysis Laboratory at ESF, and later she celebrated his life by compiling his papers, numerous patents, and archival photographs for preservation at the Bird Library at Syracuse University. She also continued traveling, driving to Alaska three times, signing on for a freighter cruise on the Bering Sea, followed by a cruise to the North Pole, and another cruise around the world along the Arctic Circle. Not content with merely driving or cruising, Marion began flying lessons in 2004 at the age of 83. Although Marion and John did not have children, Marion's thoughtful care, concern and guidance nurtured hundreds of students who have remained cherished friends throughout her 50-plus years as an educator. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Stephen W. Moore (Syracuse University graduate, MBA'00, MS'06, Ph.D.'08) became her closest family, and she lived in North Carolina with Steve and Catherine (Syracuse University graduate, MS'08) for the past six years. Marion's favorite recent activities included reading books to Steve's and Catherine's two and half year old daughter Stephanie. Marion's office in Steve's home gradually became more of a shared playroom/toy room for Marion and Stephanie as Marion continued to increase the supply of teddy bears and children's books. Marion was a New Englander at heart. She was born on the family farm in Auburn, Maine on June 11, 1921, the daughter of Ira Herbert and Georgia Rich Waterman. She is proud that her middle name was Rich in honor of her maternal grandparents, and that she was a Mayflower descendant in both the Waterman and Allin (her maternal grandmother) lines. She is survived by her sister Fay Allin, of Lancaster, New Hampshire. To the many friends she leaves behind, Marion Meyer will always be a special part of Syracuse-the University and the city-- that she had called home for over half a century. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Marion Meyer and Stephen Moore Endowed Fund for Student Achievement in the School of Management at Syracuse University. Please send gifts to the Office of Development, attn: Lisa Honan, 820 Comstock Avenue, Syracuse NY 13224.


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