Friday, 22 February, 2008, CSU held a memorial ceremony in honor of Albert Irving Meyers. Past and present chairmen of the Chemistry Department spoke of their recollections of Al Meyers, the man. Al’s family was present and son Hal Meyers spoke in memory of his father. It was a heartfelt and touching ceremony that ended with a photo montage of Al’s life.

Turnout by former group members was fairly light, but most alumni had considerable distances to travel so this isn’t surprising. I was aware of 6 members in attendance. Former chairman Rod Skogerboe was present. Rod was injured and paralyzed shortly after his retirement. He was in good spirits and spoke well of Al.

I am always interested to hear the way people reflect on their post graduate education. People leave the grad school experience with many kinds of feelings about it. Some are positive and some are negative. Some feel self-actualized and others feel injured.  I think that no matter how you feel about AIM and the other “rock stars” who head the chemical academy, you have to admit that AIM had an abundance of charismatic ability in a field of outspoken characters. Al used the strength of his research productivity along with his “gift of gab” to pursuade the department and the university to excel in chemistry.

The academy produces people who go on to become the parish priests, bishops, and the occasional cardinals of chemistry. It is interesting to meet friends who have gone on to become the directors and VP’s of the field. In my experience, the people who have the most buoyancy are the ones who have an upbeat, can-do attitude and can find a way to get things done. The kind of work/quality ethic that Al expected from his crew really is beneficial to those who don this particular suit. You can see it now in the career trajectories of the many alumni out in the world.

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