Born on July 16, 1947, in Ithaca, New York, Patrick A. Meadows M.S. ’81 was the son of Josephine Cecilia McPadden and Marion Watt Meadows, who preceded him in death. He enjoyed exploring the environs around Etna and Fall Creek with his brother, Bob, trusty dog Tippy, and neighborhood pals. Adventures including fishing, swimming, building forts, push carts, ice skating, hunting, and sledding, all of which were pursued with great passion. Once the family moved to Varna, a new stretch of Fall Creek was his domain, from Monkey Run to Beebe Lake. Many hot summer days were spent at the Beebe Lake swimming area (when such things were allowed), and the magnificent gorges beyond. Two family vacation highlights were going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well as the Isles of Shoals, Maine, to visit his sister, Mary. Pat was a Cub Scout in a den run by his mother. He continued on to Boy Scouts, attaining Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. While scouting (Troop 45 in Varna), many weekend camping trips were enjoyed, exploring the wild forestlands of Mount Pleasant, the Plantations, Connecticut Hill, and weeklong stays at Camp Barton along Cayuga Lake being especially treasured. Pat had many abilities and interests, including building and flying detailed model airplanes. He was also a talented artist, cartoonist, and vocalist. Pat spent many hours drawing cartoons, airplanes, and sports cars with precision—and always with a sharp pencil. He also loved fast cars, motorcycles, and ice hockey. An Ithaca High School graduate (class of ’65), he was a member of the varsity swim team and chorus. At Cornell University, he was active in the Glee Club and a fraternity brother at Delta Tau Delta. Pat obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell in 1969, followed by an M.S. in computer science from SCU. During a 30-year career at Bendix, he rose to the level of senior engineer, working on various government projects, including the guidance systems on the Hubble Space Telescope. Due to significant health challenges, he retired early at the age of 55. He continued to show great strength, perseverance, and resilience over the following years. At age 70, Pat passed away peacefully on April 10, 2018.He is survived by his brother, Robert Meadows (Polly) of Middletown, Delaware; sisters Mary Meadows of Kennebunk, Maine, and Christine Currier (Warren) of Slaterville Springs, New York, as well as many nieces and a nephew. Special thanks to George Arnone (and his wife, Donna) for their wonderful care of Pat over the last seven years, to Tom Tucker (Calla) and Caris Hospice, as well as Pat’s sister, Chris, who helped long distance in his care.

08 Nov 2018