Walter Meyer is remembered for his many public information activities and his untiring work with ANS programs to enhance public understanding of nuclear power and nuclear science.
Born in 1932 in Chicago, he obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. He worked at Battelle Memorial Institute as Principal Chemical Engineer and also had summer appointments with General Electric and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, but spent most of his life in academia. These academic appointments included positions at Oregon State University, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia (where he was chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program) and Syracuse University (as the named first holder of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Endowed Energy Chair).
He held eight positions of leadership on ANS committees between 1968 and 1992. His extensive public information activities included being Chair of the Public Information Committee from 1974-1979 and a member of the Public Information Steering Committee from 1979-83, a time of critical importance to the nuclear power industry. He spoke to professional groups, to the general public, on television and radio, and before legislators and other governmental bodies.
His colleagues noted that Dr. Meyer "was known as one of the leaders in nuclear engineering and energy education. ANS members will remember him as a teacher who could communicate effectively. He somehow found the time to examine, evaluate and explain. Then he spoke and wrote. He won respect far beyond his own profession for his ability to tell the facts in a straightforward and understandable way, a way that confirmed his credibility with all audiences."
Last updated July 30, 2014, 1:04pm CDT.