Donald Charles Meredith M.D.
Donald Charles Meredith M.D. passed away peacefully on March 25, 2014, at the age of 86, in the comfort of his Arizona home with his beloved wife Marjorie at his side. A memorial celebration will take place in Minnesota at a later date.
He was born in Fargo, ND on April 30th, 1927, to Dr. Charles and Grace Meredith. He graduated from Valley City High School in 1945, the year his team claimed the state basketball championship. Donald served his country in the U.S. Infantry, 2nd Division, from June 1945 to March 1947. He attended Valley City State University, the University of North Dakota (graduating in 3 years as a 3 year letterman in basketball), the University of North Dakota Medical School, and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Meredith interned at Anchor Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota (1954-1955). He completed his Orthopaedics Residency at the University of Minnesota (1955-1959) where he serviced the Veterans Administration, as well as the Shriners Hospital. In 1959 Dr. Meredith co-founded, with Dr. Paul Gislason, The Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic in Mankato, MN which continues to serve patients in Mankato and outlying regions.
Dr. Meredith was dedicated to giving back to his community and church (Christ the King Lutheran). He was an active participant and a staunch advocate of education establishing scholarships with various universities including: Minnesota State University at Mankato, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Valley City State University, the University of North Dakota, and Washington University in St. Louis. He created and oversaw the Donald C. and Marjorie R. Meredith Scholarship for Science and Mathematics to further the study of medicine. His accomplishments included: Induction into the Mankato Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, Elected to the Hall of Distinction at Mankato State University. He served on the Board of Directors for several companies, consulted as a Medical Expert, remained a consultant/emeritus to the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, continued as a Trustee of the Meredith Foundation, and volunteered his expertise and time, right up until his passing, to the Native American Tribe in Sacaton, Arizona. Dr. Meredith was a longtime hiking coordinator for the Sun Lakes Hiking Club. He was an avid upland game hunter and a master fisherman. He was the "gardener" for Marge's garden and yard in both Arizona and Minnesota.
On June 17th, 1951, Donald married Marjorie Rabe in Dickinson, North Dakota, celebrating 63 years of marriage this June. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, great-grandfather, and loyal friend who promoted family values and whose greatest joy came from helping those he loved the most.
Dr. Donald Meredith is survived by his wife Marjorie, their 5 children: Janet Stromsborg (Andrew), Dickinson, ND, Nancy Belland (Dwight), New England, ND, Donald Meredith (Betsy), Rice, MN, Bruce Meredith (Ann), Avon, MN, and Barbara Woodford, Chandler, AZ. His grandchildren Eric Stromsborg (Jill), Meredith Wagner (Andrew), Brent Belland (Adrienne), Megan Belland (Ben), Bruce Belland (Tessany), Leah Meredith (David), Donny Meredith (Tiffani), Lauren Meredith, Jenna Meredith, Jake Meredith, Meredith Woodford, McKenna Woodford, and Britton Woodford. His great-grandchildren: Brystol and Brynn Belland, Abigail Stromsborg, and Cameron Reiners. He was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. Charles and Grace Meredith, son-in-law Dr. Don Stromsborg, and great-grandson Ethan Stromsborg.
Memorials may be sent to the Donald C. and Marjorie R. Meredith Foundation at Minnesota State University Mankato or to a charity of your choice.