by | Aug 11, 2017 | Obituaries

Hopk inton , Massachusetts — Jerry Meldon, professor, passed away unexpectedly in Southmont, North Carolina on July 18, 2017.

Jerry was born in New York City on October 23, 1947 to Helen and George Meldon. He attended Stuyvesant High School, earned his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cooper Union and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

He was a man of strong moral convictions with a wry sense of humor, and a generosity of spirit that charmed devoted friends from many walks of life and many corners of the globe that he so loved to travel. As a scientist and professor of chemical engineering at Tufts University, he left an enduring impression on countless students, and made important contributions to the field. He was a passionate and tireless champion for peace and justice, and a voracious reader of scholarly works of political history and current events. His keen writings on topics related to deep politics and foreign affairs were published in the Boston Globe, Consortium News, and elsewhere.

As a devoted husband, father, brother and friend, he enjoyed listening to all genres of music especially doo-wop, summers on Martha’s Vineyard with his family, and discussing different points of view with anyone willing to listen.

A tenured associate professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University, Jerry previously served as the chairman of the department and was also a proud member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Jerry is survived by his wife Robin, his sister Anne, and his children Jamie, Perri and Seth.

The funeral took place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Westborough, Massachusetts. Rabbi Jeffrey Summit of Tufts University officiated. Donations to the Trustees of Reservations or the American Civil Liberties Union.