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Jerry Meldon

October 23, 1947 ~ July 18, 2017 (age 69)

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Graveside Service
July 24, 2017

11:00 AM
Pine Grove Cemetery
South Street
Wetsborough, MA 01581

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HOPKINTON- Jerry Meldon, 69, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly in Southmont, North Carolina on July 18, 2017. Jerry was born in New York City on October 23, 1947 to Helen and George Meldon. He attended Stuyvesant High School, earned his Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.


He was a man of strong moral convictions with a wry sense of humor, and a generosity of spirit that charmed devoted friends from many walks of life and many corners of the globe that he so loved to travel. As a scientist and professor of chemical engineering at Tufts University, he left an enduring impression on countless students, and made important contributions to the field. He was a passionate and tireless champion for peace and justice, and a voracious reader of scholarly works of political history and current events. His keen writings on topics related to deep politics and foreign affairs were published in the Boston Globe, Consortium News, and elsewhere. 


As a devoted husband, father, brother and friend, he enjoyed listening to all genres of music especially doo-wop, summers on Martha's Vineyard with his family, and discussing different points of view with anyone willing to listen.


A tenured associate professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University, Jerry previously served as the chairman of the department and was also a proud member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jerry is survived by his wife Robin, his sister Anne, and his children Jamie, Perri and Seth.


The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, at Pine Grove Cemetery, South Street,  Westborough, Massachusetts. Rabbi Jeffrey Summit of Tufts University will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jerry's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Trustees of Reservations or the American Civil Liberties Union. The family will be sitting shiva on Monday, July 24 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. For information on sitting shiva and condolences, please email


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