Remembering Longtime IEEE Volunteer John Meredith

The Life Fellow held many high-level positions

11 October 2018

IEEE Life Fellow John Meredith was the 2007 IEEE-USA president, Region 5 director, and director emeritus of the IEEE Foundation. Born in 1941, he died on 26 September.

“John was a dedicated volunteer and strong leader who gave tirelessly of his time and energy to our members,” says IEEE President Jim Jefferies. “He was a proud supporter of IEEE’s activities.” 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Meredith received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He earned a master’s degree in EE from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he later taught courses.

He served as assistant electronics officer on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, where he qualified as an underway officer of the deck; as the direct representative of the captain, he had responsibility for the ship.

He later served as a project engineering officer at the Navy Electronics Laboratory, in San Diego. He was also a nuclear plant operations supervisor on the S5G Navy nuclear plant near Arco, Idaho.

His technical interests involved radio frequency and circuit design.

Meredith held engineering and management positions with a number of companies including American Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Honeywell. He joined Agilent Technologies of Santa Clara, Calif., and retired from the company in 2008.

A registered professional engineer, he recently was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering.

Veteran VOLUNTEER

Meredith joined the joint IRE/AIEE student branch in 1960 during his first week as a student at the University of Arkansas. (The American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers are IEEE’s predecessor societies.) He became active with the IEEE Idaho (now Eastern Idaho)and Pikes Peak sections, holding several officer positions. He helped establish and then chaired the Pikes Peak chapter of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He was appointed to IEEE Region 5’s executive committee as its education activities chair. He was elected director of the region and served in 2004 and 2005.

“A long-time colleague, John is directly responsible for my deep volunteer engagement with IEEE, having encouraged my early participation and involvement in Region 5,” says Jefferies.

Meredith was elected as 2007 IEEE-USA president. He served on the IEEE Foundation board of directors from 2006 to 2014. He held a number of positions including vice president of grants and chair of the nominating and corporate governance committees He also served on several other Foundation’s panels including its development, audit, and grants. He was the Foundation’s representative on the IEEE life members committee. For his hard work, in 2015 he was named director emeritus of the Foundation.

Meredith was active with ABET on IEEE’s behalf. ABET is the accrediting body for U.S. academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. IEEE is the lead society for specific engineering and technology programs. Meredith was the IEEE representative from 2011 to 2015 to ABET’s board of directors, and he was IEEE’s representative to the ABET board of delegates. He served as a program evaluator for the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission from 1991 to 2002, and was a member of the commission in 2002, 2003, and 2009. He chaired IEEE’s committee on engineering accreditation activities in 2000 and 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, two children, two grandchildren, and three sisters.

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