In Memory of David Meeker

As a member of the Akron area public relations and communication community, you have most likely heard of the sudden passing of local public relations executive David Meeker.

An executive vice president of Edward Howard & Co (now a division of Falgrine Mortine), David worked in the public relations industry for 40 years. Upon retirement, he became an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kent State University, where he taught from 2001-2015. He co-founded Meeker-Young LLC in 2009, a communication training consultancy providing specialized instruction and counsel for business leaders, which he ran with his partner Davis Young.

David not only left a legacy in his professional endeavors, but selflessly shared of his time and expertise in civic and volunteer leadership roles in a pro-bono capacity.

David was a board member of Akron Area PRSA, the Village at St. Edward and The University of Akron's Hower House. He was a member of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Professional Advisory Board and was also active in Progress Through Preservation; Nazareth Housing Development Corporation; and Scenic Ohio, Greater Ohio. He served as a Lector at St. Sebastian Catholic Church for the past 30+ years.

One of the largest legacies David left was a scholarship in his name, the David A. Meeker Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding public relations or communications student, based on academic performance, financial need and leadership.

For those wishing to honor David's memory, his family has asked that donations be made to the David A. and Anita M. Meeker Endowed Scholarship Fund at Kent State University, Tuesday Musical Association or St. Sebastian Catholic Church.

In remembrance of everything David has done for the community and Akron Area PRSA, our chapter has donated $250 to the David A. and Anita M. Meeker Endowed Scholarship Fund at Kent State University.

If you would also like to make a gift to this scholarship fund at Kent State University, you may donate online here, by selecting 'Scholarships' in the 'Select the Type of Gift' field, followed by directly entering the name of the David A. and Anita M. Meeker Endowed Scholarship Fund in the 'Select a Program' field.

You can also send  a check, payable to:

Kent State University Foundation
350 S. Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242

Please include a note with your name, address, telephone number, and information about where to direct your contribution.

It is with tremendous respect and gratefulness that we remember David Meeker, a friend, colleague and public relations luminary with a heart as big as his legacy. 

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