Charles R. Meader, of Grantham NH, died September 22, 2018, at New London Hospital, after several years with multiple medical issues. He was born in Providence, RI February 10, 1936, the son of Robert O. and Mary Arnold Meader. He was the son and grandson of Episcopal priests and is survived by his wife, Marthe Dyner, also an Episcopal priest.
Charlie attended Brown University as a pre-med student and received his medical degree Magna Cum Laude from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Boston City Hospital.
His military service as a U.S. Army Captain took him first to Fort Myer, VA, where he served as General Medical Officer. He then served in Vietnam, where he provided medical care and training in Pleiku in the central highlands of So. Vietnam. He established a rural clinic for the local population and earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.
On completion of his military service, Charlie took a residency in internal medicine at the famed Cleveland Clinic. He and his first wife, Roberta Kelly Meader and their first three children then moved to Norwell, Massachusetts, where he served in in the South Shore Medical Clinic, and two more children were born. They then moved to Hingham, MA, where he was in private practice for many years.
Charlie and Roberta were later divorced and he moved his practice to Nashua, New Hampshire, where he married Marthe. The couple lived in Nashua until Charlie’s retirement from clinical practice. They then moved to Concord, NH, where he was a medical consultant in the Social Security Disability Determination Services office of the State Department of Education. He retired from that position after he and Marthe moved to Charlestown, and later to Grantham, NH.
Charlie was the author of DiagnosisPro®, a computer diagnostic tool now on line and available in several languages. For many years he contributed to the information base of the program after it had been sold to the company now operating it. He was a brilliant conversationalist, and an avid reader. His quick wit and intellect engaged and enriched family, friends and colleagues during his long happy life.
For many years, and until his illnesses caught up with him, Charlie sent birthday cards far and wide – a sketch or photo of flowers that he colored in. The greeting was always in his almost illegible handwriting, but the receiver always knew where the card came from and the love it carried.
Charlie’s family was his greatest love. He had five children: Kelly, Sam, Rob, Betsy (Eschelbacher) and Barbara. He adored them and was boastfully proud of them all. In addition to them and to Roberta and Marthe and Corcaigh (the yapping Schnauzer), he leaves his much-loved step-daughter, Suzanne Rebert, and stepson, Mark Dyner and his wife Lori Farnsworth. Charlie had eight grand-children: James and Dylan Meader, Henry and Elizabeth Meader, and Merri, Will, Oliver and Eliot Eschelbacher. He is also survived by his sisters, Esther Scanlon and Mary Meader Wostrel; his brother in law Herb Wostrel; his daughter in law Katherine Meader; two former daughters in law, Maggie Galasso Meader and Leeanne Fahey Meader; his sister in law Katrina Schumacher; nephews and nieces; and an extended family across the United States. Charlie was predeceased by his parents; a nephew, Bill Scanlon; and a beloved son in law, Jeremy Eschelbacher.
A memorial service in celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at Union Episcopal Church in Claremont, NH on Saturday, October 6 at 11 am. The Right Rev. Robert A. Hirschfeld will preside. Burial will be private. The family suggest that those wishing to make a donation in thanksgiving for Charlie’s life consider West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, or the church or charity of their choice.
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