Dr. Charles W. Meister, 87, of Pine, died April 2, 2004. He was born Jan. 23, 1917 in Chicago, Ill.
Meister received his Ph.D. in 1941 from the University of Chicago, majoring in Russian literature. In World War II, he was awarded five battle stars while serving as a captain in the Army Infantry. He also represented the U.S. for education and religious affairs in Berlin.
In the 1950s he was a professor at Arizona State College (later NAU) and then became Dean of Instruction and Academic Vice president. From 1965 to 1975, he was President of Eastern New Mexico University, where he helped develop the school's Head Start, Newgate, and Upward Bound programs.
In retirement, he had eight books published, ranging from American History to Religion to Terrorism. He was an expert on Anton Chekhov and all world religions. He also was an accomplished speaker on many subjects and an excellent all-around athlete.
While in Pine, he was active in community affairs, including the Pine Library, the Pine-Strawberry Medical Clinic, and the Payson United Methodist Church.
Dr. Meister is survived by his son, Charles (Sherri) Meister of Flagstaff; grandchildren, Glenn Emanuel, Greg Emanuel, Jessica Meister and Alyse Meister; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Meister.
He was preceded in death in 2000 by his wife, Eleanor Meister, and in 1988 by his daughter, Marilyn Emanuel.
There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004 in Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.
Donations can be made to the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson, AZ 85541, or RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.