Mrs. Olive Root Meader, beloved wife of Dr. Ralph G. Meader,
died 5-Mar-1997 at Calef Hill Farm in Sanbornton, NH at the age of 91.
She is survived by her brother, Capt. Lloyd E. Root, USN (Ret.), her sister, Mrs. Charlotte Root Tuttle,
her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Mary M. Mokler and Brian Mokler, and two grandsons, Victor and Gibson Mokler.
Olive Merle Root was born 7-Feb-1906 in Forest City, IA, the first child of Ralph E. & Mary K. Root.
Her parents brought the family to Annapolis, MD, in 1913 when Dr. Root accepted a teaching position at the
United States Naval Academy.
Olive attended Northfield Seminary in East Northfield, MA, 1922-1924, and received her B.A. on 13-Jun-1928
from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH.
Olive married 16-Jun-1928 in Annapolis, MD, to her college sweetheart, Ralph Gibson Meader of Eaton Rapids, MI.
Dr. and Mrs. Meader travelled widely on academic pursuits; their daughter Mary was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
in 1938. Later that year they purchased a substantial farm in Sanbornton, NH to serve as a summer home and
long-term family territory. Olive's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph & Mary Root, purchased a smaller adjacent
property at the end of World War II.
The Meaders lived and worked for many years in Bethesda, MD, where Mrs. Meader served as Executive Secretary,
Special Studies Section, Division of Research Grants, National Institute of Health, 1955-1965.
They moved from Bethesda to Boston, MA when Dr. Meader retired from the NIH and took a position as
Director of Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Mrs. Meader served as Assistant to the Dean, Harvard
University Medical School, Allston, MA in 1966-1969. Her biography was
published in "American Men of Science", 10th Edition, 1961 and selected for "Who's
Who of American Women", Volume 4, 1963.
A memorial marker for Dr. and Mrs. Meader is located in the Root-Meader-Tuttle Cemetery, March Road,
Sanbornton, NH, adjacent to the long-time summer home of her parents and her own summer home on Calef Hill.