Thomas Kimball Meakin ‘46

Thomas Kimball Meakin ‘46 died on June 14, 2009, in Barrington, Rhode Island.

He was born in Boston on May 5, 1924, and graduated from Holton High School in Danvers, Mass. He attended Bowdoin for two years, a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, until he joined the Army Air Force in World War II. He served for two years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Under British Royal Command, he patrolled over the Himalayas as a navigator to protect India. After his discharge, he returned to Bowdoin, was named a James Bowdoin Scholar and graduated cum laude in 1947. He worked for several years helping his father manage a tanning factory before enrolling at Harvard University and earning a master’s degree in business administration in 1953. He had a successful career in the insurance industry as an analyst of insurance stocks. After several years in New York, he returned to Massachusetts as a partner at Middendorf, Colgate & Co. He co-authored two books with Harry Middendorf, The Investment Aspects of Fire and Casualty Insurance Stocks and The Investment Aspects of Life Insurance Stocks. He also authored The Variable Annuity. He held positions at several other firms before realizing his dream of establishing his own insurance investment company, Thomas K. Meakin Co., Inc. For 21 years, he wrote a column, “This Month in Insurance Stocks,” for The National Underwriter magazine. He retired in 2003. A photo of him at a 1969 Vietnam War protest holding a homemade sign calling for “Peace with Honor” made the cover of the Boston Globe. He was a Mason for more than 60 years, attaining the rank of Master Mason in the Mosaic Lodge in Danvers, and was a longtime member of both the British Officers Club and Union Club of Boston. He was a generous benefactor to “The Nick,” a public recreational complex in Wolfeboro, N.H. He is survived by Judith Churchill Meakin, his wife of 33 years; a sister, Elizabeth Gebhard; his first wife, Phyllis Gildersleeve; two sons, William Meakin and John Meakin; three daughters, Lisa Churchill, Bonnie Roberts, and Andrea Bonniol; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.