Robert Winston Meriwether II

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Roller-McNutt Funeral Home
801 8th Avenue
Conway, AR  72032
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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First United Methodist Church
1610 Prince Street
Conway, AR  72034
Thursday, May 13, 2010
10:00 a.m.
Robert Winston Meriwether II

of Conway, AR

June 17, 1928 - May 8, 2010

Robert Winston Meriwether II, 81, educator and civic leader in Conway, died Saturday, May 8, at Heritage Living Center, after a long illness. Bob was born June 17, 1928, in Memphis, the son of William Winston and Rosalie Diffey Meriwether, and grew up in Paragould. He graduated from Paragould High School in 1945, from Hendrix College in 1949, and graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1951.

He served two years in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Meriwether's teaching career began in 1947. He taught in the Lakeside School District, Lafe School District, at Greene County Tech High School, and in the Delaplaine School District. He was a social studies teacher at Paragould Senior High School, and he taught at the Anna-Jonesboro (Illinois) Community High School in 1954-55. He was principal and teacher at Paragould Senior High School from 1955 to 1959.

Mr. Meriwether served as dean of students at Hendrix College from 1959 through 1965 and was Professor of Education, Political Science, and American History there until his retirement in 1993. He was head of the Social Sciences area from 1982 through 1986. He was also director of workshops for the Arkansas Association of High School Student Councils from 1950 through 1970. In order to remain in touch with the reality of the public school classroom, Meriwether took sabbaticals from Hendrix and taught civics at Booker Junior High School (Little Rock) in 1973 and social studies at Greenbrier High School in 1981. He was the director of Arkansas Governor's School for the Gifted and Talented in 1981 and 1982.

Mr. Meriwether was an active citizen of Conway and was well-known for his warm but bellowing voice as he went about his civic duties. He was a member of the Arkansas Constitutional Revision Study Commission in 1967, serving as chair of the Declaration of Rights Committee and leading in preparation of the report to the people.

Mr. Meriwether was elected to the Faulkner County Quorum Court (1973-1980) and presided over numerous marriages in Faulkner County during that time, donating his fees to charity. He was appointed by Gov. Dale Bumpers and re-appointed by Gov. David Pryor as the Arkansas delegate to the Education Commission of the States, serving four years. He was appointed by U. S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele as the 9th "tie-breaking" member of the South Conway County School Board (1980-81).

He was interim executive director of the Arkansas Ethics Commission (1993-1994) and was appointed by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to the Governor's Task Force on Ethics, serving as chairman in 1994. Meriwether was appointed by Sen. Stanley Russ to the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners. He served six years as a member of the Oak Grove Cemetery Commission in Conway.
Other civic and professional activities included president of the Greene County Teachers Association; president of the Hendrix chapter of the American Association of University Professors; treasurer of the Clifton Day Care Center in Conway; chairman of the committee to re-stock the Van Buren County Library; president of the Faulkner County Historical Society; chairman of the Faulkner County Committee for the Bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution; original member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Conway; board of directors of the United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas; editor, Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings (1983-89); chairman of the editing committee for History 2000 of the Arkansas United Methodist Church; president of the Conway Kiwanis Club (1995-96), and a member of the local Salvation Army Board.

Mr. Meriwether authored many articles dealing with constitutional revision, Arkansas newspapers, Hendrix College, and Faulkner County history, and the book Hendrix College: The Move from Altus to Conway. Meriwether also had a bit part in the 1973 film "White Lightning," starring Burt Reynolds.

His many awards include Outstanding Student at Hendrix College; Kiwanian of the Year, Conway; Distinguished Service Award, Conway Chamber of Commerce; Distinguished Service Award, Conway Public Schools; James E. Major Service Award, Hendrix College; Faulkner County Leadership Institute Award; Kiwanis International Tablet of Honor; and the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor.
Mr. Meriwether was a member of First United Methodist Church in Conway.

He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, the former Sylvia Kuraner of San Antonio, and by three sons and a daughter: Will Meriwether (Joy), of Conway, and his daughters, Ariana and Rosalie; David Meriwether (Tine) , of Hood River, OR, and his children, Drew and Emily; Nick Meriwether (Janet), of Portsmouth, OH, and his children, William, Katherine, and Jacqueline; and Sarah Kate Meriwether Coker (Keith), of Conway, and her sons, Sam and Joe. He is also survived by a sister, Rosemary Meriwether Rapley (Gene), of Fort Smith.

Visitation will be held at the Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Conway on Thursday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Robert W. Meriwether Scholarship Fund at Hendrix College or to the First United Methodist Church of Conway.

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155 Condolence(s)
W. J. "Jerry" Dean
KNOXVILLE, TN
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Monday, November 25, 2019

When I received a modest 1963 scholarship to attend prestigious Hendrix, I had NO clue what awaited me there nor how I'd finance the rest of my education. I began living in a rooming house off campus, but Bob Meriwether sensed I'd never be able to continue studies without financial help. So he arranged for me to move onto campus with a job and residence in the tiny, brown student Infirmary on campus's SE corner near Spruce St. I shuttled hot meals daily from the Hulen dining hall two blocks to ailing patients. Aided the kids in any way I could and assisted nurses Nannie |Worsham and Gladys Hooten. Thanks to Bob, those efforts paid my tuition and took me later to a writing job at the Log Cabin Democrat that paid most other expenses. Without Bob's help, I'd never have become my family's first college graduate in 1967. Nor would I have got the excellent college education that led meto a USAF commission, reporting and editing jobs at both Arkansas statewide daily newspapers and a 40-year career in journalism. That experience all began with a caring Bob Meriwether, doing all he could as Hendrix dean of students to further our efforts to get anduse a fine college education. Retired now with a wife and four grown children, I remain forever in his debt. And I shall never forget his concern and caring nature.

D. C. Washington
Woodbrige, VA
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Meriwether. My contact with him was limited but it was evident that he was a man that had heart for people especially young people. It showed in every encounter I had with him. My prayers are with his family.

Annie Belle Fields Weymark, class of '65
Belleville,
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Whene'er I hear the blackbird sing,
Unto the evening sinking down,
Or merl that makes the wood to ring,
To me they hae nae other sound.

Will ye no come back again?
Will ye no come back again?
Better lo'ed ye canna be,
Will ye no come back again?

by Lady Carolina Nairne 1766-1845

Betsy Brady (Mrs. Charles)
Atlanta, GA
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So sad to learn of Bob's passing. Charles loved him so much and they are together again in Heaven! You are in my prayers. Betsy

Judy Stephens Pruitt
Coral Gables (Miami), FL
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Monday, May 17, 2010

My husband Jonah (Joey) Pruitt and I met at Hendrix College. We both have such wonderful memories of Dean Meriwether and we are so glad we knew him at Hendrix.

Cindy Schrekenhofer Newberry
Conway, AR
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Monday, May 17, 2010

My prayers are with your family during this great time of sadness. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Kay Speed (Hendrix '74)
Guelph,
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was one of the few teachers who could entice a full room of students to a 7:40 a.m. class on the history of education -- and not have them falling asleep at their desks.

I WISH that I could have become a teacher with his insight and gift for drama. I admired his decision to teach in an inner-city Little Rock school during the 1970s because he wanted to see what challenges his student teachers were encountering.

However, I can't imagine Mr. Meriwether EVER having a problem with discipline with any group of students, whatever their background. He was a master teacher.

I chickened out -- wisely, I think -- before practice teaching. I realized then -- and now -- that I am a much better writer than a teacher.

When I was working as a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in the 1970s, Mr. Meriwether gave me some valuable advise about how to approach a feature article I was writing about another Hendrix icon -- Coach Ivan Grove.

Bob Meriwhether is one of the many reasons I am so proud of my Hendrix education. I wish folks up here in Canada realized what a great place Hendrix is. Mr. Meriwether ranks up there with the best of teachers. He was world class.

Polly Ratliff Beasley
Tulsa, OK
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mr. Meriweather was my favorite professor at Hendrix. I loved his deep voice and enthusiam for teaching. I still remember him telling all about what it was like when the National Guard was sent to Little Rock Central High School during desegregation. Because he taught from such a personal level, and his lectures were so engaging, taking detailed notes was not a must. His "stories" stayed with you. Many times in class I just sat back and listened instead of taking notes because Mr. Meriweather had a way of making his own experiences and knowledge of history become ours. Rest in peace, Mr. Meriweather. You were a blessing.

Glen A Douglas
Houston, TX
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fond memories of my time at Hendrix.

Mike and Andrea Teague
N. Richland Hills, TX
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was an integral part of our Hendrix experience. It was a wonderful honor to be a part of the lucky group that got to know him in our time there. We take this time to celebrate his memory and our prayers are with his family.

Brad Govan
Arlington, TX
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

I hold happy memories of my Hendrix roommate and best man at my first marriage. If I live to be 100, I may agree to share some of his activities that enabled Bob to handle his duties as Dean of Students. May God of all comfort sustain Sylvia and her family at this time.

Peggy Parks (Bagley)Roach
Somerset, KY
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Heaven must be celebrating Bob Meriwether, his loving soul, his generous spirit and his booming laugh in its midst. What a super guy! My condolences to you and my appreciation to him for all he gave, all he did, all he was. Best,

Marilyn Conner
Memphis,
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bob Meriwether taught me how to come to believe myself, how to advocate and defend that belief, not just to follow what I had been taught to believe. He made me a better person in all my relationships.

My prayers are with his family as they mourn their loss of his early presence.

John & Patty Cooper
conway, AR
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

John and Patty Cooper
Conway, AR
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Long time good friend, good guy, good fellow. A legend in many areas. He touched so many of us and will be remembered forever. Sylvia was so patient with him and he loved it. Pargould's better than the best. Hendrix should name a building after him. Conway is proud to be is home. HIs marks are indelible and we will miss you in so many ways. John and Patty Cooper

John & Patty Cooper
conway, AR
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sorry to hear of your loss. Bob will be greatly mnissed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Melanie and Bill Siegel
Conway, AR
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lovable, larger than life...as he will always live on in our hearts.
All our best, Sylvia, to you and the family,
Melanie and Bill Siegel

Jennifer Steinbeck Southerland Victory
conway, AR
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sarah,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless,
Jennifer

Jen (Henry) and David Fayad
Pinehurst, NC
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was truly an outstanding man. His personality and ability to communicate were above and beyond. We will always remember Bob Meriwether, teacher, leader, and friend.

Jen and I sincerely offer our sorrow and condolences.

Jerry and Mary Jo Strack
Bartlesville, OK
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sylvia,Will,David,Nick and Sarah-
Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Bob was such a great person and personality! I will never forget our first meeting at Ellen Smith. There are just some things in life that stay with you and that is one of those moments. He was loved and so are you.
peace in your hearts
Mary Jo and Jerry

Bruce & Pat Haggard
Conway, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It is sad to think that we will not hear Bobs stories and his laugh except in our many memories. He was a great colleague, a truly unique individual who played a vital role in mine and many others lives. Cheers to Bob for the life well lived.

Bruce and Pat Haggard

Vicki Scott
Pine Bluff, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If ever there was a legend at Hendrix, then Bob Meriwether was it! He was such an inspiration to all who knew him. I will never forget him dressed in coat and tie jumping on the trampoline when he came to observe me during student teaching. The world is a better place for all of us because of Bob Meriwether. God bless you.

Jim Gunnell (Hendrix '83)
, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I can still hear the gusto in Mr. Meriwether's voice. I never once doubted his love for teaching. It was always written on his face and carried in his words. Sitting in his class listening to him, he made me feel that I could be better than I could imagine myself. In my mind he will always be bigger than life. My thoughts are with you all right now.

Julie Worm Bain
Conway,
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What a great legacy Mr. Meriweather leaves behind, with all of his accomplishments and the wonderful children he and Mrs. Meriweather raised! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Richard E. McKelvey
Clarksville, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bob Meriwether has always represented the best of Paragould High School, Paragould history, and traditions of Hendrix College. He was the reason I went to Hendrix. He helped me and my family at the start of my college life.

Garrett McAinsh
Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bob served as a great example of how to be a teacher and mentor to me and many others who taught at Hendrix. His boundless enthusiasm, his wonderful sense of humor, and his willingness to do not just was expected, but more, were great examples. He was one of a kind!

David Meroney
Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I am saddened by his passing but I can't help smiling as I recall this great man. With a 7:30 am class, he was truly my first Hendrix professor and as luck would have it, one of my last ones as well. I remember his kindness and the interest he showed in each student. I was there for his final lecture and I can assure that there was not a dry eye in the house after he told some great heart-warming stories about his time at Hendrix, especially the one about the tornado that hit Conway.

The Meriwether family has my deepest sympathies and we'll all miss him. The world was made richer by his presence.

Risa Platt (Burgess)
Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a truly remarkable man, one loved and respected by all who knew him.
I met Mr Meriwether during my college selection process. I was relieved to find another M*A*S*H fan, and I have loved him ever since. Even my mother knew who I was talking about when I said something about Bob. He made learning fun. The only times I can ever remember being really INTERESTED in history was when Bob Meriwether was talking about it. He was an amazing man and will be missed by so many.

Ashley and Brent Gregg
Conway, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our most heartfelt sympathies go out to the family. Mr. Meriwether represented a significant part of the Hendrix College that I knew and the Hendrix of which I heard stories as a student. He was a great teacher who exhibited grace and kindness and yet integrity and high expectations with students. He will be missed.


Peggy Young Seamon
Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In my sojourn at Hendrix from 1972 - 1976, I learned that when you looked in the dictionary for the words "honor", "integrity", "humor", "class", "compassion", "kindness", and many more, you would see a picture of Bob Meriwether. He had an impact on every life he touched.

Peggy Young Seamon
Little Rock, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In my sojourn at Hendrix from 1972 - 1976, I learned that when you looked in the dictionary for the words "honor", "integrity", "humor", "class", "compassion", "kindness", and many more, you would see a picture of Bob Meriwether. He had an impact on every life he touched.

Sammi Bruich
Conway, AR
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sarah (and family),
I'm so sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories you have of such a tremendous leader in our community as well as a great role model for his own family. His many accomplishments are admired and appreciated.
You and your family are in my prayers.

Ken Oliphant
N. Augusta, SC
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I took one of Dean Meriwether's history courses while at Hendrix. I believe it was called "1945 to Present". With all of his personal stories of those times, it was absolutely the most interesting history class I've ever taken. He will be dearly missed.

Janey Hershey Powers
Nevada City, CA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Several years after my graduation from Hendrix, a girl friend and I went back to visit the campus. We ran into Dean Meriwether striding along one of the paths. He immediately stopped and greeted the two of us by name. I was thrilled that he remembered me after being away from Hendrix for several years. He will always be a part of the fond memories of my college days.

Jo and Mary Fleming
Conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia, we are thinking of you and wish we could be there for the
service, but we are on a trip to the Grand Canyon. We were so
happy to share the meal with you at the AGORA center, and have
fond memories of you and Bob - good friends over many years!

David P Keeton
Clarksville, TN
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The mark of a person is the influence and memories they leave with those who knew them. Bob has been a part of my and my families life for as long as I can remember. We are all better people for having known him and his family.

Lynette cook Black
Memphis, TN
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I enjoyed Mr. Meriwether so much when I was a student 1957-1961. My condolences to the family.

Delano Black
Memphis, TN
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Condolences to the family from Hendrix graduate 1959.

Russell Bryant
fort worth, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thanks

Rick & Melinda Reynolds
Greenbrier, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Meriwether was also a joy to be around. He will be missed by all. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Freyaldenhoven/Romine
Conway,
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thinking of you

Jeanette Branch Bollinger
Milford, OH
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What an honor and a great pleasure it was to be taught by Dr. Meriwether at Greenbrier High School. And he was kind enough to let me and a fellow classmate to visit a couple of his classes at Hendrix. What a thrill that was for a couple of high school sophomores! I feel so lucky to have met this great man.

Bill Fagan
conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My heart and prayers go to your family. Mr. Meriwether always made me feel welcome, and his laugh and broad smile will greatly be missed. I am blessed to know the entire family, he will be missed but knowing he is in a better place gives us some solace..My prayers always

Fred & Ann McCoy
Conway-Paragould, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. "Mr. Meriwether" was a wonderful figure in so many of our lives. You both have influnced us all of our lives. We have good memories from the Paragould Methodist Church and from the halls of the "Bulldogs" and then on to "Conway". Love Fred & Ann

Bill Fagan
conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I have only good and honorable things to say about Mr. Meriwether. I am blessed to have heard his laugh and known him as I did. Prayers to the family from the bottom of my heart.

Sonny Medcalf, PHS '58
West Covina, CA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How many times I've thought back to the American Government class @PHS where we not only learned history with Mr Meriwether (Big Bob when he wasn't in ear shot) but also debate. He took absolute joy in playing the Devils Advocate, take his side & he'd flip to the other, all to provoke us to think. During desegregation at Little Rock Central High, it got Interesting. There was also his class for seniors on "Family Living", where we learned a lot about our changing bodies when you weren't supposed to be talking about such things in an Arkansas classroom. At our '99 reunion i kidded him about being the 1st West of the Mississippi to do so. It was a real pleasure to see & hear him again at those big parties in "99 & '02. He had such a gift for extemporaneous speaking. Was sad when he couldn't make it last year. He was simply & sincerely the best teacher I ever had.
Mrs Meriwether, you"re a sweet lady...my best to you & your family..

jeannie hosley botts
little rock, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My heart is sad. There are so many wonderful memories of Mr. Meriwether, his sense of humor and his ability ro remember us after not seeing us for many years. How glad I am that I knew him. Love to his family and friends.

Sally Giles Kneller
London,
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mr Meriwether was truly a legend at Hendrix. I took his American history since '45 class and he taught me all I know about American history! In fact, only last month I quoted one of his stories to my family!
To Mrs Meriwether, Sarah Kate and her brothers, we send you our love and prayers from across the pond.

Lisa Cherry
Phoenix, AZ
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bob Meriwether was such an outstanding human, I remember him vividly from my time at Hendrix in the 70's. I will always remember his dynamic character and energy with much respect and admiration.

Carlos Kron
Buenos Aires,
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

As a foreign student I had many conversations with Dean Meriwether. Bob was always in a good mood and ready to give advice when needed. I will always remember this wonderful person. My deepest sympathy to his wife and the rest of his family.

Bill Wisely
hot springs, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was both my professor and Advisor at Hendrix from 1976-1980. He was one of the best if not the best professor I ever had in school. He was also a very fine gentleman. He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be missed. In many ways, he was Hendrix College.

Kerrey Roberto (Hendrix '94)
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am so lucky to have had a Mr. Meriwether class before he retired. Of course he was a great teacher with funny stories, but one thing I really remember about him was his imposing size. I am 5'0", and at the time probably 110 lbs. Standing next to Mr. Meriwether in class felt (and I'm sure looked) pretty comical. His heart and mind were truly proportional to his external stature. He was loved and will be missed by many who were lucky enough to have met him.

David Goodloe
Dallas, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dad and Stuart join me in expressing our sorrow. The Meriwether family has a special place in my memories of my childhood, and Professor Meriwether was both my teacher and my advisor when I was at Hendrix in the late 1970s.

He was a gentleman and a scholar, and I cannot imagine what our lives in Conway would have been like if we had not known him.

Class of 1975
, MO
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

On Saturday last,
Saint Peter was asked,
'Is there a place for Big Bob here?'

In a voice loud and clear,
Pete said 'Of course -
We've held it open for 81 years'.

John Stout
Bedford, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dean Meriweather was an inspiration to me beginning my freshman year in 1964. I am far from Hendrix, but Hendrix and the many people there who inspired me will never be far from my heart. He will be missed.

Ronda Haltom Walker
Cypress, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of this true, Christian gentleman. His presence will sincerely be missed by all of us who were fortunate to have known and loved him.

Your family has been blessed with this opportunity to celebrate a truly wonderful life. The celebration will never end, as you can see from the number of friends and former students who have shared their own brief stories with us just on these few pages.

Thank you for sharing him with all of the proud United Methodist's and Hendrix Graduates. The shadow of his presence will always remain a part of our Hendrix memories. Peace be with each of you.

Hendrix Alumni (1980)

Gayle Roller Hall
Howe, OK
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

He will always be remembered for his integrity but i will remember his kindness and humor.

Allen Kimbrough
Phoenix, AZ
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What a joy to have known and studied under Mr. Meriwether! One of those professors who will forever live in our memories. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you, but I know on Thursday you will be celebrating a life well lived. Warm regards, Allen

Glen Hooks (Hendrix '91)
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My condolences on the passing of a fantastic man. While I have many memories of Mr. Meriwether (the bell curve, the great classroom stories, etc.), one that stands out to me was his policy during exams. If you didn't know the answer to a question, you could raise your hand and he would come over to your desk and he'd tell you the answer if you really wanted it. Very few of us ever wanted to actually try it--but I did once, and he actually gave me the answer. Naturally, that made one of my classmates invite him to pull up a chair during the next exam...

Meriwether family, it's a sad time, but I hope you'll take some comfort in knowing the depth of love and admiration so many of us had for Mr. Meriwether. He was a true icon.

Doug Carroll
Clarendon, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am deeply sorry to hear of Dean Meriwether's passing.

Dwayne Johnson
Oak Hill, VA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Meriwether. He was one of those special teachers at Hendrix who inspired us with his stories, with his enthusiasm, and with his knowledge of history that went far beyond the textbook. He loved early morning classes, and I didn't mind getting up early to be in his. He will be as missed as he was cherished. God bless the Meriwether family. Dwayne Johnson '80

Junko Yamauchi
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"I know many people have already said this to you,
but you are a wonderful teacher."

I remember saying this to Mr. Meriwether when I said good-bye to him before going back to my home country, which was a few days after graduation '93.
I feel lucky to have studied at Hendrix, and the fact that I went to Hendrix just in time to be one of his students makes me feel even luckier.

Thank you very much for your kindness & support, Mr. Meriwether.
You truly are a wonderful teacher.

John Ziegler
Conway,
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I will always remember Bob as a good friend, a good colleague, and a good citizen,. If such a person as a "Mr. Hendrix College" ever existed, Bob was him. He will be long remembered with great affection by all of us of the college.

Mike Campbell
Schwenksville, PA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was my advisor during my years at Hendrix (1966-70). What a fun teacher he always was! He was fond of talking about winning a Democratic primary election (back then) as "tantamount to election!" Sitting in his classes, with his wit and depth of expereince was "tantamount to learning" something important. He was always accessible and shared many stories about his own student days at Hendrix, including one about scoring the winning basket for the other team when he scored an "own goal." Coach Grove took him into the other team's dressing and made him join in their celebration.

It was after I left that I realized how important to him was his church life. When visiting my son and Phil Hathcock at Church, I often saw Bob there. It was a privilege for Jamey to know Mr. Meriwether; together we were able to share a common Hendrix experience and institution: Bob Meriwether.

My life is the richer because of Bob Meriwhether. Thank you so much for all you gave to me.

Penny Stanley
Augusta, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia , I was always thrilled when I visited my sister to see you and Bob. Both of you have touched my life in a very positive manner: Sylvia, you with your beautiful smile and poised, easy going manner; Bob, with his amazing sense of humor and his booming personality. My thoughts are with you and your children and grandchildren. I know you will miss him as will all who knew him. Love, Penny Stanley

Baker McClanahan (Hendrix '89)
Richmond, VA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

As someone noted earlier, Professor Meriwether truly was a gentleman and a scholar. So many of us who attended Hendrix are better for having crossed his path. I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Kyle James
Little rock, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Condolenses to the Meriwether family in this difficult time. Professor Meriwether had a unique ability to connect with you inspite of your differences. He was a great man and he will truly be missed.

Brooks Holifield
Atlanta, GA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I remember Bob Meriwether with profound gratitude. He was a mentor, adviser, and friend while I was at Candler, and I cherished my occasional visits with him on campus after my graduation in 1963. May all of us lead our lives with the wit, the intelligence, the generosity of spirit, and the willingness to help others that marked his life.

Jerry Dean
KNOXVILLE, TN
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In 1963, Bob helped a very confused, underfunded freshman get a toehold on college education. He helped me move onto campus and land a job in the college infirmary. His understanding of my plight kept me from falling thru the cracks. It eneabled me to become my family's first college graduate and an Air Force officer. His sensitivity and caring made all the difference for me and my four children!

Michael Scott Irby (Hendrix '82)
Altus, AR
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What an incredible educator, instructor, adviser, and role model for ANY student! As a science major, I had only a few of Mr. Meriwether's courses, but they were incredibly enjoyable and challenging. What an honorable, courtly, and entertaining gentleman! His was a life well lived!

Rommie Toler
Fort Worth, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Joanne and I remember him well from our days at Hendrix and are sorry to learn of his passing.

George Kirby
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bob started my High School year, 9th grade, off right.
The BELT Line. Didn't feel too good, but got me going.
Have known the Meriwether family many years,
great people.

George & Bettie Kirby

Eunice and Paul Noland
Fayetteville, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia and Family: It was such a pleasure for us to know Bob over these many years. His reputation as a teacher and motivator of students is remarkable. We send the family our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Eunice and Paul

Wade Hall
Cordova, TN
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Other than my own father, I never admired a person as much as Bob Meriwether. when I think of Hendrix, I will always think first of him.

Lim and Laura Parks
Batesville, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bob made our connection with Hendrix SO enjoyable. It was evident he loved being with the students and that he loved his family. He was a special person and will be missed by many.

Audrey Bell Aikman
Russellville, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am so sorry for the passing of your father. Professor Meriwether was an awesome presence both in and out of the classroom.

Jayme Thomas
, CO
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dean Meriwether was the sound of Hendrix for me. His wonderful booming voice permeated the campus. It is a blessing to have known him.

Beth Beavers Prescott (Hendrix '83)
Memphis, TN
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was in many ways "the" Hendrix experience for us history majors. His booming voice still echos in my memory today with history lessons and life lessons too! He was a true gentleman and a scholar and he will be missed by all. God has a new historian in heaven now.

mary B. Essert
conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sylvia and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so happy I had that visit with you at Hendrix on alumni weekend.
Will hope to see you soon, but unable to be at the service Thursday and am very very sorry.
love, Mary

Barbara Isom
Conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear Sylvia and Children, Please let my name be one of that long list of admirers and friends of one of Conway's finest. There will never be another Bob Meriwether II. Barbara Isom

Jeanne Willcockson
Paragould, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Silvia and Family
My heartfelt love and sympathy to all of you. I have
known Bob for years and he always was special
to me. I am so sure he knows I am "pointing" at
him this very moment...something we have done
over the years when we see each other. He was
an absolute treasure! I know you will miss him. He touched so many lives and was so very much appreciated.
God Bless

Sylvia McDaniel Hoke
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am saddened to learn that Mr. Meriwether passed away. My dad's family in Paragould (the McDaniels) and the Meriwethers were great friends. Also, I took two "Meriwether" history classes and one education class while I was a student at Hendrix (Class of 1984), and I was enriched by those experiences. Mr. Meriwether had a way of telling a story that made you hang on every word, laugh, and enjoy learning. In addition, he was one of the finest men I have ever known, always concerned about people that he knew, cities that were close to his heart; and he was always giving with his time and energy. There aren't many men like him; he will be sorely missed.

Becky Parkerson
Little Rock, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You will be missed!

Bill Walden
Bristow, VA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mr. Meriweather was a big influence on me, both at Paragould High and at Hendrix. I will always remember him as the principal at Paragould High when I was a senior in 1957 and he had us riding a bicycle up and down the main hallway during our Senior Day. I was very glad when he came to Hendrix, where I studied during my freshman and sophomore years. He was always a role model. We will miss him.

Jackie (Perryman) Hart
Houston, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear family,
I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Meriwether's death. He was indeed one of the finest professors I had while at Hendrix. Although my major was not in his field, I did have courses with him and to this day remember many of the things he taught us. I especially like the theory of his that "the pendulum" can only swing one way so far before it swings back swiftly in the opposite direction. Certainly history has, and is, proving that!! I am so very thankful to have known him and experienced his kindness and knowledge. God bless you all.

Lynda Waldrum Massey
Manning, SC
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dear family and friends, You have been in our prayers since hearing of the recent passing of Mr. Meriwether. He was a positive roll model for so many of us at Paragould High School during his time there. " May the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father...encourage your hearts and strengthen you."..2 Thessalonians 2:16.
Our sincere condolences and prayers, Lynda (Waldrum) and Tom Massey

David H. Thigpen
Arkadelphia, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I had the honor to play basketball at Hendrix College from 1972-1976 for Coach Cliff Garrison. There were so many great men and women who reached out to each of us for support and encouragement. However, there was no one who was as unique as Bob Meriwether. That smile, that laugh and the love and support every person received from this giant man made a scared freshman feel right at home immediately. Such a kind and gentle man who loved teaching and being with students. Our prayers are with his wonderful family. He is a man who is making the angels smile by having him home with them today.

Thomas G. Wilson, Jr.
Dallas, TX
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It is amazing to read through the comments from friends and students of this fine man who touched us all in ways large and small and for that made our lives better.

Suzette Taylor
Little Rock, AR
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I attended Hendrix from 1982-1986. I will always have such fond memories of listening to lectures by Dr. Meriwether. It seemed more like he was telling you a story than lecturing. This is why I took not one, but two 'Meriwether' classes, even though being a Chemistry major - and not a History major - my GPA took a hit with that bell curve he liked so well. My thoughts go out to Nick (whom I knew from Young Life days) and Sarah who was also a fellow 'Galloway girl'. He was such a wonderful man and will be missed.

Becky Harris
Conway, AR
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

In 1961 as a freshman, I looked up at Dean Meriwether, looming over me outside the Profiles office in Hulen, and said: "Dean Meriwether, you are Great!" To me and many, many others, he always will be Great.

Love to Sylvia.

Kim Stevenson
Rotorua,
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It is with sadness that I see one of the stallwarts of my time at Hendrix College pass on.
I never took a Bob Meriwether course but that did not stop a daily greeting from the Big man. He always called me "KiwI" (like many of my class mates) and along with others like the late Bob Courtway and Joe Robbins he always checked on my welfare.
To Will, David and Nick and their Mom Sylvia and sister sarah Kate. Please accept my condolences.
This is one Kiwi who was proud to have known Bob.

Michael Alan Niggel
Arlington, VA
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My favorite teacher, actor and person.

R. Dale Woosley
Mt. Vernon, IL
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am particularly saddened by "Bob's" passing. We graduated at the same time and for a number of years, as my children attended Hendix, I would have contact with Bob and he could always tell me how my children were doing. As long as I lived in Arkansas, I knew he would always make himself available for those who valued his intelligence and common sense and his ability to keep things going in the right direction in the midst of a chaotic World War. I feel blessed to have known him for more than 63 years.

William H. Fox
Atlanta, GA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

My life was deeply influenced by Dean Meriwether, who was
a wonderful advisor and trusted friend. My desire to enter
higher education as a vocation came in great part from his
example of warmth, compassion, concern, and grace when he
came to Hendrix as Dean of Students in 1959. He has likewise
influenced hundreds of Hendrix students, and his kindnesses
will be long remembered and honored. I am a better person
because my life intersected with his.

Kelly Haggard Olson
Suwanee, GA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I am very sorry that I can't be there to express my condolences in person, but please know that I am thinking of you all and awash in wonderful memories of 'Mr. Meriwether.' The loss to the community is huge, but I am glad for your family that his long illness and suffering is over and he is at peace. Much love, Kelly

Billie Dreher
sherwood, AR
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(Hendrix '81)
I've been married over 30 years thanks to this wonderful man! No, he didn't perform the ceremony, but he did make the wedding possible... After being engaged for two years, with no date set, John was transferred to Kentucky. Not wanting to move without me, John finally set the date....February - just a few weeks before I was to student teach here in AR. Mr. Meriwether changed my cooperating school arranging for me to student teach just 3 miles from our new home in KY. Concerned that I was making matters difficult, Mr. Meriwether assured me that it was no big deal. As I recall, the romantic that he was, Mr. Meriwether said, "Ms. Oholendt, you best strike while the iron's hot!" I did and I'm forever grateful!
Love and blessings to the entire Meriwether clan!

Steve Patrick
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Huzzahh! One of the greatest giants to ever stride this pitiful ol earth. A role model and a mentor. Rock on, Bob! Rock on!

Alice Henderson Hooker
Montgomery, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Dean Meriwetjer WAS THE REAL SPIRIT of Hendrix for many of us. Even after decades I still smile recalling his candor and sincere belief in the best each person has to offer. There were no strangers in his life, and his memory for names and (incidents too unforunately for some!) was unbelievable. Our heartfeltt wishes for his family in this time. As the arms of love and friendship reach through time and space, you are surrounded and supported by hundreds of former students who considered him a friend and guide when we needed it most. The girt he gave lives on.

Anna Rose Rogers
Marion, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was a true teacher and enjoyed his students. We truly loved him at Paragould High.
I was a student of his. Class of 58.

Elizabeth Norton
New York, NY
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Monday, May 10, 2010

There is no person who had a bigger impact on my life than Bob Meriwether. I am so sad to hear of his passing . . . but I know he is "holding court" at the heavenly gates . . . no one could tell stories like he could! He will always be an angel to me. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers . . . we were all blessed to have known him.

Patty Wilhite
, OR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

My thoughts are with you all. Patty

Buddy & Bev Villines
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

We are grateful to have known and loved Bob and send our deepest condolences for your loss.

Kathy Kane Couture
Coronado, CA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a wonderful man! I enjoyed his fabulous education classes at Hendrix. He touched so many lives at Hendrix and in Conway.

Linda Pondexter Chesterfield
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

He played a huge role in the desegregation of Hendrix College. He became my advisor and my confidant. His kindness and good humor were sustaining during what was at times a difficult journey to complete. He challenged me in the classroom and he selected me to assist him at the state constitutional convention. He and his lovely wife attended my wedding. But, I shall always remember this gentle giant of a man.

Robert (Buddy)Clark Jr.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

A true gentleman and a scholar. I am a better person for having known him.

Jerrine Bogan
, TN
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a loss! Dean Meritweather was indeed one of a kind...a vital force for the best that Hendrix has to offer its students. He will be missed.

Ray Bell
Franklin, TN, TN
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was the first professor I met in my freshman year of 1960 and his smile and booming voice of that day became a part of life for all of us at Hendrix. He took a sincere interest in everyone. What a full, productive life he led, with contributions to so many aspects of education and society. He was truly one of a kind.

John Stroup
, OK
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a great honor to know this wonderful human. I knew his sister first being from Fort Smith and knowing her family. I lost my father early and she made sure I was carried to swim meets by Mrs. Rapley and her husband. When I arrived at Hendrix he always told me: Stroup you can do better, go get um! I will miss you Friend. You are an example to all who knew you on how to live and the way you gave to others to enhance their lives. Your journey was a blessing to myself and I am sure to all who you cared about. Thanks being a friend and counsel. John

Keith Metz
Bryant, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Like all of his former students, I have nothing but fond memories of Prof. Meriwether. I have too many specific stories to re-tell, but the overriding memory I hold dear about my time spent around him was his voice . . . resonant, rich and warm. You didn't have to see him to know who was speaking. And you listened . . . intently. He could have been reading the phonebook, and I would have paid attention. It was a pleasure and an honor to have shared part of my life with him, and he will be missed.

Marsha Cagle
Oceanside, CA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

(Class of 1969) Dr. Meriwether was a great teacher and mentor as I entered my Student Teaching. He was so supportive and led me into my teaching career. Prayers to his family. May you find peace and love from family and friends and God - whom he served.

Dion Smith (Hendrix 92)
PHOENIX, AZ
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Professor Meriwether, aka Uncle Bob, was a wonderful educator both in and out of the classroom. He taught this science major so many things. I took every class he offered and enjoyed the personal stories in addition to standard lectures. He left a lasting impression on my life. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and many friends.

Clell and Toni Morgan Ford
Sebring, FL
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Monday, May 10, 2010

My wife and I fondly remember Professor Meriwether. Though we graduated in 1983 and 1984, his active civics lessons have remained with us, making us better citizens. He prepared us, as much as our sometimes dense young heads would allow, for the real world. He shared his experiences freely and gave that life to everything he touched. Thank you for sharing him with us all those years ago - we still remember those cigars, and Marryin Sam . . .
Clell Ford (1984) and Toni Morgan Ford (1983)

Susan Hazelbaker Smyer
League City, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Bob Meriwether was my advisor from my sophomore year until graduation (1970-1973) and embodied the Hendrix tradition of caring about the whole student. It was a joy in every way to have known such a dedicated teacher and such a fine human being. I owe so much to him.

Chris & Thea Siria Spatz
Conway, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a benefit to have known him for 50 years.

Martha Gene Garrett-Shaver
Magnolia, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

When I think of my days at Hendrix in the mid 60's, I always remember Dean Meriweather. That will not change. He was a role model and overall wonderful administrator and teacher. He will be missed.

Aleta Reed
El Dorado, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

He was my favorite professor at Hendrix. Entertaining at all times. I'll always treasure his stories.

Lisa Odena
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

He was a true gentleman I am honored to have known. He made history come alive.

George Butchee
San Antonio, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

The gentle face of 'in locus parentis' for Hendrix Students, and a grand witness to the joy of living. Be at peace!

Ann Manasco Averitt
Rogers, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Dean Meriwether was such a strong presence in this world that it seems impossible that he could ever leave it. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

Sheila Jones
West Memphis, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a gifted teacher and wonderful man he was. I always enjoyed his classes because he was so down to earth and had a wonderful sense of humor. He made learning fun! He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family.

Britt Boswell
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

He was a mighty influence in my life and I am grateful to have had the privilege of being one of his students.

Julia Yarbrough McMahan
New Albany, IN
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Monday, May 10, 2010

A true giant ... one who loved God, his family and his students. He will be missed by so many whose lives were positively influenced by his genuine and caring ways.

Roger Morse (Hendrix 1987)
Seattle, WA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I took the requisite "Meriwether" course during my time at Hendrix (1985, I think). It is an experience I remember to this day, and one of my most positive memories. Beyond the class-room, I recall Professor Meriwether's presence striding across campus, holding court in the Pecan Court and in Hulen Hall. To the entire family, I hope my fond memories bring you joy in this difficult moment. For Keith & Sarah, whom I recall with friendship, know that I am thinking of you.

Marianne Loyd Estes
Verona, MO
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I surely appreciate what a sincerely nice person Mr. Meriwether was. My sympathy goes out to all of you.

Sarah McAuley
Garland, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I have wonderful memories of the time Bob and I were in a skit together at the Conway Centennial Variety Show. I played Margaret Truman and he played a female reporter. He was so funny!
What a wonderful gentleman!

Lana Dice Van Giesen
Plano, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Bob Meriwether was a giant of a presence on the Hendrix campus and I never think of Hendrix without also thinking of him. His hearty laugh and over the top greeting could just make my day better! Thank you to his family for sharing him with us.

Matt Parker III
LaGrange, GA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Dean Meriwether:
I will always remember Dean Meriwether. During the spring of 1964, when I was a Freshman at Hendrix College, he confined me to my quarters for the final 2.5 months, the balance of the academic year.
Yes, he taught me a great lesson; to never get caught again.

Bobby Caldwell
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was a big man with a great mind, an indomitable spirit, and a caring, compassionate heart. I will never forget having to "sing for my supper" at his house long ago. Perhaps the only command performance of my high school alma mater I, or many of us, ever gave. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Rev. David Moose
West Memphis, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Thanks be to God for a life well lived. Dr. Bob was a wonderful specimen of humanity. (And my mother remembered seeing his father kick a football 100 yards for an early Hendrix team.)

LuLynn Keathley-Richards
Beebe, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

It was both my honor and privilege to know Professor Meriwether. He booming voice was filled with kindness and wisdom. I am proud to say I would be a lesser person today if not for him. The stars in heaven are shining bright. We will love and miss you.

Kay Tallant
Hot Springs, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

During my thirty-three years of teaching, I reminded myself countless times of bits of Meriwether wisdom and often quoted him to others. He molded me as teacher the day he said, "You don't teach from a textbook; you teach from a philosophy of teaching." An idea seldom honored in school systems. He challenged would-be teachers to rid themselves of any romanticized notions about life in the classroom, and he made us real teachers. I've not yet encountered any person who has influenced me as much as Bob Meriwether did. My heart is with you in your grief.

Nancy Dunaway
Hot Springs, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What an incredible teacher, mentor and leader! I will miss his knowledge, his pure class and his wit! My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Bob Meriwether was one we will all truly miss.

Janet Ramsay Nickell
Tucson, AZ
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Monday, May 10, 2010

A remarkable man and a remarkable professor. His classes are some of my fondest memories of Hendrix.

Tony Roebuck
Woodinville, WA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mrs. Meriwether, Will, David, Nick, & Sarah and all the spouses and grandchildren.

Your husband/father/grandfather was one of the finest men I have every known. I'm sad to hear he has moved on. Please, know that my heart and my prayers are with you all.

Blessing and Peace,

Tony

Rachel Holt Hoehn
Dallas, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Bob Meriwether taught some of my education classes in the early 80s. I do remember that loud voice that got all of our attention. From him I learned to try to look at any issue from all sides. He was very good at debating. You will be missed Mr. Meriwether. :-)

Gail Wulfekuhler Bellingrath
Pine Bluff, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I am so sad to read of Bob Meriweather's death. I knew him as a child, for I lived in the the old Meriweather house in Paragould, which was inbetween Bob's parent's and aunt and uncle's houses. I then had the great privilege of being one of his students at Hendrix College. After four years at Hendrix and three at the U of A, I can safely say that he was my favorite professor! What a great man he was....my heart goes out to his family.

Pattie Keck Dixon
Woodbridge, VA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a marvelous teacher Mr. Meriwether was! I took his classes in the late '70s, and I especially remember his booming voice, caring nature, and excellent teaching skills.

Jerry H Robbins
Ann Arbor, MI
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a wonderful, full, rich, productive, rewarding life Bob Meriwether led--one that touched the lives of so many others in so many ways. He will greatly missed and always deeply appreciated.

Linda Rains Udouj
Ft. Smith, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

What a loss for us all! Dean Meriwether was such a comforting presence on campus for me while attending Hendrix. He was always full of laughter. I knew the minute I met him that he was a man of depth and a man of loving, caring and kindness. He seemed so wise...I now realize he wasn't that much older than I! "Dean" Meriwether, you will always be one of the bright spots in my Hendrix memories.

Bill Bozarth
Atlanta, GA
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Sad news. Bob Meriwther was one of the men I admired a great deal when I was in those years between boyhood and manhood. He inspired a lot of us. Bill Bozarth Hendrix class of '64

Vickie Witt Dunn
Jackson, TN
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mr. Meriwether was a strong influence in my development as an educator. He was my advisor while I was at Hendrix and I feel blessed to have known him and had him as my professor in secondary education. He was one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

Dan Cook
Little Rock, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

A gentleman in all respects

Eloise Bensberg
Baltimore, MD
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I still can see Bob Meriwether in my mind's eye, holding forth about something interesting. I am so sorry for your loss, and Arkansas's as well.

Barbara McClung
Eureka Springs, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I took Meriwether classes at Hendrix in the mid 1970's solely BECAUSE of Mr. Meriwether. A finer teacher was never made and he had such a heart for all of us. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing.

Craig Tadlock
Irving, TX
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I write in very fond memory of a great man who was the epitome of excellence as college professor - sharp, witty, commanding, interesting, challenging, and caring of every student. My warmest condolences and best wishes to Professor Meriwether's family.

Emily Sneddon
Maumelle, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

He was one of the best professors I ever had. He was entertaining, energetic and challenging. When he wanted to make a point with particular vigor, he would sometimes begin his declaration of fact with "And you can write down in your little books that ...." On the other hand, he once made a very subjective statement to the class and when he observed a lot of the students dutifully writing it down, he boomed, "Are you people just going to write down everything I say?" He then gave a brief lecture about thinking for yourself.
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends.

Debbie Cahill
Henderson, NV
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I was a student at Hendrix (1969-1973) and was lucky enough to take courses from Dr. Meriwether in preparation for my teaching career. His commitment to teaching was inspiring--not many professors would return to the classroom to actually teach from time-to-time to stay current with the profession. His advice and counsel to me personally helped me greatly as I entered the teaching profession. He was a wonderful instructor and will be missed.

Ken Estes
, MO
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I also attended Hendrix in the 60's but was born and raised in Conway. After reading Bob's obituary I just want to say that what I remember the most is that he was a real and true gentleman. While celebrating his life, I will be remembering the family and praying for their peace.

David Mabury
Memphis, TN
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mr. Meriwether led our pre-orientation trip to the Mountain View area in 1986. Wherever we stopped, someone knew him and greeted him like an old friend. By the time we returned to campus I was convinced that everyone in Arkansas knew this man! How fortunate they were. How fortunate we were to be his students.

John Wells
Hot Springs, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

If life's sucess is built upon the positive influences one has on others, then Big Bob was most assuredly a success in every part of his life. He and his family were great influences upon me. I hope that the countless wonderful memories of Mr. Meritwether help sustain his wonderful family in the days to come.

Jess Setzler
Conway, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

They don't make 'em like Bob anymore.
Please know the entire community is thinking about your family.

Lora Howell
Mary Esther, FL
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Monday, May 10, 2010

My life was enriched by the time I got to spend with Mr. Meriwether. I am glad he is whole once more.

Cole and Sue Farris
Conway, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

As much as we grieve Bob's death, we celebrate his amazing and rich life and the cherish the relationship we had with him for so many years. Cole will always remember Bob playing with him as a little kid and saying, "Take that mask off!" Bob said that a few times to our boys when they were little. We love you all.

Neal Moore
Maumelle, AR
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Let me join the throngs who will salute Bob for the incredible guy he was and the indelible legacy he left. I always admired his booming voice, razor-sharp wit and uncanny insight into things political and historical. My sympathies are with you as you say goodbye to Big Bob.

Don Dunn
Tulsa, OK
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I attended Hendrix in the middle 60's and was not a very serious student. However, Mr. Meriwether was a fantastic teacher and I loved going to his class. It was well known on the Hendrix campus that taking a "Meriwether" was a must. He was a great man and loved by us all. My sincerest sympathies to his family.