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Merelyn Lee Reeve(1922-2005)

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/01/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Merelyn Lee Reeve
Merelyn Reeve (Photo by Stuart Bratesman, Dartmouth College)

Merelyn Lee Reeve died on Nov. 22, 2005, at the Carolina Meadows Health Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 83 years old.

Reeve had a twenty-year career at Dartmouth as a professor of speech. She was an authority in spoken communications, with an emphasis in communications within organizations. In addition to her academic duties, she was an important resource to help Dartmouth faculty prepare for the transition to coeducation in the mid-1970s.

Reeve was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Lois Reeve. She earned a bachelor's degree at Northwestern University, and her master's and Ph.D. degrees in speech at the University of Denver. She began her career at Dartmouth in 1974 after teaching several years at the University of Denver. At Dartmouth, she developed and taught a course on effective communications to more than 300 faculty and administrators. She was also the founding advisor of Cobra, the first secret society for women at Dartmouth.

She authored several books, including The Speech Handbook for Teachers, A Time to Live, and Women Present at the Creation, which is about the wives of Dartmouth's presidents. Reeve hosted a weekly radio program broadcast from the Hanover Inn for the League of Women Voters called "Upper Valley Insight." She was active with the Hood Museum of Art and the Hopkins Center for the Arts, both at Dartmouth, and with the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. She served on the board of the University of Denver's Library Association, and was a visiting professor at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England, and at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. Most importantly, she was a mentor and friend to many.

She is survived by her children, Janet Jacobs of Durham, N.C., and Bob Jacobs of Norwich, Vt., her three grandchildren, and her brother Jack Reeve of Santa Fe, N.M.

A memorial service will be held Fri., Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to WISE at 79 Hanover Street, Lebanon, N.H. 03766.

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