Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 05:15:14 :
Wednesday, January 9, 1980
The funeral for Niel Meadowcroft, former longtime Mill Valley resident, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Salem, Ore.
Meadowcroft, 73, died Monday in a Salem hospital after a short illness.
He was a retired civil engineer and early researcher in the field of water pollution.
From 1933 until 1954 he lived in Mill Valley.
Meadowcroft was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and received his early schooling there. In 1917 his family moved to a farm near Modesto, where he completed high school.
He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Stanford University.
From 1933 until he retired in 1967, Meadowcroft worked for the U. S. Forest Service, Federal Power Commission and Army Corps of Engineers in various technical and supervisory capacities.
His research in water pollution earned his election to Sigma Xi, the national science honorary society.
Since leaving Marin, Meadowcroft lived first in Walla Walla, Wash., and then moved to Salem in 1975.
He is survived by his wife Sarah (Sally) Meadowcroft; one daughter, Joan M. Shelton of Seattle; two sons, Dr. Warren S. Meadowcroft of Sunnyside, Wash., and Robert S. Meadowcroft of Palo Alto; three brothers, Fred H. Meadowcroft of Modesto, Allan J. Meadowcroft of San Anselmo and Clifford O. Meadowcroft of Woodland, and five grandchildren.
The family prefers memorial contributions to the Walem Audubon Society, P. O. Box 2013, Salem, Ore. 97308, or to a favorite charity.
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