In Memoriam: John C. Meadows

March 7, 2019

John Meadows of Jacksonville Beach, FL passed away December 24, 2018 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.  On completing his Ph.D. at Duke University in forestry economics, he was on the ISU Department of Forestry faculty 1968 – 1973.  During his time at Iowa State his son, Paul Meadows was born. The Meadows lived in Iowa while John was a professor at the Iowa State University and it was a joyous time. So far from home, with young children and living in a cold climate, friends became family for John and Leeanne and he began to hone his skills as a teacher and mentor. John also relished leaving in the early morning hours and frigid mid-western temperatures with his much-loved Cocker Spaniel, Iris to hunt for pheasant and duck.

During his time in Ames, Dr. Meadows was an instructor at the 1970 Forestry Camp in Wanakena, NY, the first camp lasting six weeks. From the Ames Forester 1973 (Vol.60):

Short Biography from 1973 Ames Forester Volume 60

Dr. Meadows went on to employment with the Tennessee Valley Authority and then to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC that turned into a 20-year career as a Forest Economist. John traveled widely to work with land grant colleges, focusing on how best to utilize land and wildlife for the support of communities. The research projects ranged from examining the economic viability of sugar cane resurgence to growing catfish as a crop. John worked at the Department of Agriculture until his retirement to Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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