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VES Mourns Loss of Max Meador

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that R. Maxwell Meador—VES’ beloved faculty advisor, senior master, Latin teacher, baseball coach, and administrator for 43 years—died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday evening, December 22 (in ante diem undecimum Kalendas Ianuarius MMXV). Follow this link to Max's obituary.

Updated information about visitation and services:
 
Tuesday, December 29, 5 - 7 p.m.: Visitation at Tharp Funeral Service, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg (near Billy Craft Honda/Fresh Market intersection at Old Forest Road)

Wednesday, December 30, 2 p.m.: Service at Peakland United Methodist Church, 4434 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg

You may send condolences to the family at 472 Oak Point, Forest, VA, 24551.

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It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that R. Maxwell Meador—VES’ beloved faculty advisor, senior master, Latin teacher, baseball coach, and administrator for 43 years—died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday evening, December 22 (in ante diem undecimum Kalendas Ianuarius MMXV). Follow this link to Max's obituary.

Updated information about visitation and services:
 
Tuesday, December 29, 5 - 7 p.m.: Visitation at Tharp Funeral Service, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg (near Billy Craft Honda/Fresh Market intersection at Old Forest Road)

Wednesday, December 30, 2 p.m.: Service at Peakland United Methodist Church, 4434 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg

You may send condolences to the family at 472 Oak Point, Forest, VA, 24551.

Max joined the VES faculty in 1958 and retired in 2002. Though he served VES in too many roles to list, Max was an Assistant Headmaster, Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee and Chair of the Foreign Language Department. Combined, he coached more than 1,000 football and baseball games. Upon his retirement, Max was honored by some of his former students with a major gift to the endowment, which established the R. Maxwell Meador Chair of World Languages and the R. Maxwell Meador Longevity Stipends. The gift also provided for the renovation of the baseball field, which was rededicated Meador Park at Buck Langhorne Field on “Max Meador Day.” 

Since his retirement, Max has served dutifully as Class Notes Editor and continued to coach the alumni team in the annual alumni-varsity baseball game.
I know that many of us can recall Max’s impact on our lives. Everyone knew him as a man of fairness and character who cared about the details. He was incredibly organized and always well prepared.

It was my good fortune to have known him and to have been associated with him as a student leader and as a young faculty member. During my past six years as Headmaster, Max has been an important advisor and friend to me.
Max’s dedication to his students and to our alumni is a model for all of us to cherish and emulate. He spent his life teaching, coaching and improving the institutions that he loved—Virginia Episcopal School, Hampden-Sydney College and Peakland United Methodist Church. 

All of us at VES are grateful to Max, his wife, Jackie, and their children, Randy ’80 and Kim, who committed so many years of their lives to our institution. Jackie has been the measure of strength through Max’s short illness, using her courage to support each of us as we visited. Personally, I am saddened by the thought of losing such a close friend and mentor during this important time in our school’s history.

I will close with a line from Vergil that Max loved and quoted to his Latin classes—“Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit” (perhaps someday it will be pleasing to remember even these things). Please keep Max and his family in your prayers.

Vale, ole magister
(farewell, old teacher). 
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