Ralph Gibson Meader
1904-1995

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  Olive & Ralph Meader 1993
Olive R. & Ralph G. Meader
1993
 

Dr. Ralph Gibson Meader, husband of Ms. Olive Root Meader and father of Ms. Mary M. Mokler, died 5-May-1995 in Franklin, NH near his long-time summer home on Calef Hill Road in Sanbornton. 

Dr. Ralph Meader was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (A.B. 1925), earned an A.M. degree from Hamilton College (1927) and a Ph.D. from Yale (1932).  His specialty field was neuroanatomy.  He was Instructor, Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine from 1931 to 1948.  He became Assistant Director and Associate Director of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research, 1942-48.  In 1948 he became Chief of the Research Grants Branch of the National Cancer Institute and in 1960 became Associate Director.  In 1965 he was appointed Deputy Director (Research Administration) of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, from which post he retired in 1976 to "become part-time Consultant on Grants and Contracts for the Hospital."

Dr. Meader was a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation studying in The Netherlands in 1938-1939, where his daughter Mary was born.  He had an honorary Sc.D. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy.  He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and of Sigma Xl.  He was a member of American Association of Anatomists, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), American Association for Cancer Research, Society for the Study of Development of Growth, Corporation of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, and others.  He served for many years on the Selection and Scheduling Committee for the Gordon Research Conferences, as an Incorporator and Trustee for the Spaulding Youth Center, and for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation.  He also was a Consultant for the National Cancer Institute and a member of the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine, Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare. 

In the late 1930's Dr. Meader purchased the 100-acre Calef Farm in Sanbornton, NH as a vacation home, and his father in law, Dr. Ralph E. Root, purchased an adjacent property in 1946.  Dr. and Mrs. Meader retired in 1976 to Calef Farm in Sanborton NH, where they celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary June 16-17, 1978.  Dr. Meader is survived by his wife Olive, their daughter Mary M. Mokler, and two grandsons, Victor and Gibson Mokler.  A memorial marker is in the Root-Meader-Tuttle Cemetery, March Road, Sanbornton, NH.

  • The New York Times – May 11, 1995 – Ralph Meader, 90, Medical Researcher

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