Cameron W. Meredith, Ph.D.,

Godfrey | Friday, March 29 2013

Cameron W. Meredith, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at his residence. He was 96. 

Born in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada on December 12, 1916, he was raised in Flint, Michigan and lived in Alton for over fifty years. He received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan.  He was the son of the late Lorne and Pansy (Myers) Meredith.

Dr. Meredith joined the faculty of SIUE in September 1959.  He became Dean of Education in 1960, a position he held until he was named Director of State and National Services in 1966. He moved to Assistant to the Vice-President for Area and International Services in 1968. He held the tenured position of Professor of Educational Psychology and taught in the Counselor Education department as well.  After his retirement in 1980, he and his wife Betty Jane entered private practice in Marriage and Family Therapy.  They practiced together for over twenty years.

Dr. Meredith was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Active in his community, he served many years on the Hayner Public Library Board, as well as the Lewis and Clark Library District Board. He was an active member of the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a ruling ordained Elder.

He was the author of numerous publications and books. He was a contributing author of the ASCD 1962 Yearbook, Perceiving, Behaving, Becoming, which sold more copies than in any other in the association's history. He was a column editor for the Journal of Individual Psychology. In 1959 he was honored by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for his many years of educational consulting to the association. He was made an Honorary Nurse Anesthetist for accrediting over 100 schools nationwide for that association.

He was also honored and named the outstanding contributor to Adlerian Psychology by the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. He was well known in St. Louis for his guest shots over many years on "At Your Service" on KMOX radio. He was dubbed their "resident child psychologist."  He conducted many parent study groups in the Alton and St. Louis area as well as nationwide.

He is survived by two daughters:  Marcia and spouse Holger Paetau of Claremont CA, and Jane Meredith of Alton IL.  Four grandchildren:  Dana Engelking, Justine Paetau, Cameron Pursley, and Michael Pursley, and 5 great-grandchildren:  Matthew and Jace Engelking, and Olivia, Cameron, and Seth Pursley.

In addition to his parents and siblings, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Betty Jane (Santee) Meredith in 2004 and son Cameron Meredith, Jr. in 1997.

Visitation will be from 4:00-4:30pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Alton with a celebration of Dr. Meredith's life at 4:30 with the Rev. David Crowley presiding.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be directed to the Beverly Farm Foundation in Godfrey or BJC Hospice.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

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