Saint Martin's University Honors businessman with Scholarship Endowment
October 24, 2006
Lacey, Washington-When retired Olympia businessman George Meyer died
last year, he left his imprint on Saint Martin’s University. A
University trustee for many years, Meyer will be remembered by future
generations through a scholarship endowment named in his honor.
Raised in Bremerton, Meyer was a University of Washington graduate
and a devoted Husky fan. However, Saint Martin’s became a one of Meyer’s
passions later in life. He appreciated its role as a leading independent
school that does not rely on taxpayer support. He also valued the
University’s educational imprint and importance within the greater South
Sound Puget community.
A co-owner of Graystone Sand and Gravel in Olympia, Meyer became a
devoted Saint Martin’s advocate during the 1960s. He enjoyed a
long-standing friendship with former college president, Fr. Michael
Feeney, O.S.B. Meyer was instrumental in raising funds for what was then
referred to as the “Capitol Pavilion” on the Lacey campus. In 1979,
Meyer joined the Saint Martin’s board of trustees, serving
intermittently on the board for 20 years. He was a University Board
member at the time of his death.
Chair of the board development committee during most of his tenure as
a trustee, Meyer’s most notable achievement for Saint Martin’s came in
the late1990s when the committee raised more than $10 million to build
the O’Grady Library on campus. He was very proud of the fact that this
project set a new record for funds raised to for a single project within
the local community.
Upon Meyer’s death last November at age 77 after a brief illness, his
family and friends set a goal to raise $100,000 to create a permanent
scholarship endowment memorial in Meyer’s name at Saint Martin’s. A
committee, chaired by Meyer’s longtime friend William Jacobs of Olympia,
began a campaign to secure the endowment funding in January, 2006. The
fund drive reached its goal this September. Others on the committee
include Meyer’s widow, Cheryl Meyer, Howard Coble, Mary Gentry, Rick
Panowicz, Dennis Peterson, Ron Rants, Saint Martin’s president emeritus
Dr. David Spangler, current Saint Martin’s president, Dr. Douglas
Astolfi, and Saint Martin’s chancellor, Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B.
The newly created George Meyer Endowment will provide junior and
senior year scholarships to Saint Martin’s students who are Washington
residents and majoring in business or economics.
“We are extremely pleased that we now have a permanent endowed
scholarship fund in honor of our good friend and longtime trustee George
Meyer,” said Saint Martin’s President Dr. Douglas Astolfi. “The fact
that a scholarship bearing his name will benefit students in perpetuity
is something that George would appreciate. There could not be a more
appropriate legacy in his name here at the University.”
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives
through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal
arts, business, education and engineering. A Catholic, Benedictine
university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,200 students from many ethnic and
religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main campus, and 600 more
to three extension campuses.
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