Doyle Eugene (Gene) Meyer

By on September 30, 2010

Doyle Eugene (Gene) Meyer, 80, of rural Maple Park, departed this life on September 28, 2010 at home. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Born September 30, 1929 in Fairview, Oklahoma, he was the son of John and Alice Marguerite (Simerly) Meyer. He graduated from Westville (Oklahoma) High School in 1947 and earned a certificate from Connors State College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Panhandle State University, a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Oklahoma State University, an Educational Specialist Degree in Academic Records and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Psychology, Guidance and Higher Education. He did Post Doctoral work at Stephens College and the University of Nebraska. He served in the Army as a Mathematical Statistician-Research Specialist from 1952-54.

He married Norma Lee Sloan in Elkhart, Kansas in 1952 and to this union three children were born. He married Charlotte Hulse Holden in 1977 at Lorado Taft Campus in Oregon, Ill.

Gene’s entire professional life was spent in education. He was Assistant Business Manager, Registrar and Instructor in Education at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., Lecturer for the National Science Foundation , (Oklahoma), Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School, Oklahoma State University, Registrar and Professor of Education and Psychology at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, Dean of Student Personnel and Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of South Dakota at Springfield, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dean, Professor and Chair of the Education Department at John J. Pershing College, Beatrice, Nebr. and he retired December 31, 1994 as Faculty Chair and Professor of Elementary & Early Childhood Education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He was employed part-time 1994-95 as the Zoning Administrator for the town of Cortland.

At Northern, he served on Departmental, College and University Committees. He was a member of the Graduate School and served and chaired both Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Student dissertations. As Faculty Chair, he was instrumental in the revision of the Elementary Education Program. He organized the Student Leaders Association of Teacher Education (the second one in Higher Education) and served as the sponsor for many years. He taught both undergraduate and graduate classes. He was an active Graduate Extension teacher and Coordinated and Supervised Sophomore, Junior and Senior Student Teachers. He was the senior team member of the Teacher Education Undergraduate Program that won the National Association of Teacher Educators Award for an outstanding undergraduate teacher education program. He was the first recipient of the Division of Student Affairs Recognition Award.

He served as Secretary of the DeKalb Area Teacher Educators, President and Executive Secretary of the Illinois Association for Teacher Education and Secretary of the Chicagoland Leadership Conference. He was a member of the National Education Association, the Association of Teacher Educators serving on several committees and was on the planning committee for the Regional Spring Meeting held at Northern. He was a document finder for Phi Delta Kappa and an alternate member to review research proposals for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He was a consultant to several elementary school districts in Northern Illinois and authored many articles for Professional Journals and authored a book and was co-author of another. He presented professional papers at state, regional, national and international associations.

He obtained several grants from the college of Education, the Graduate School, the Council of Academic Deans, he was a team member of the Federal Project REST (Regular Education-Special Education), and co-director of a 16mm film developed by a grant from the Tandy Corporation. He developed slides, film and videotapes for instructional use. He was a long standing member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb where he served on several committees, as a Deacon, Ruling Elder and member and chair of the Gifts and Memorial Committee for over 27 years.

He was an avid reader, gardener (In 1987 he was named DeKalb County Gardner of the Year) and square dancer. He enjoyed working with tools and built the present family home as well as moving two garages and four houses which he then remodeled.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; a son, David Wayne Meyer of San Anselmo, Calif.; a daughter, Karen Marguerite Jones of Salt Lake City, Utah. Special children, David Ross Holden of Rochelle, Ill., Kent Holden of Roscoe, Ill., Robert (Jeanette) Holden of Dallas, Tex., Bruce (Geralyn) Holden of DeKalb, Susan (Eric) Wahlgren of Maple Park, Ill.; and grandchildren, Mandy (Matthew) Shanks, Michelle (Jacob) Pasteur, Crystal (Aaron) Burch, Brian, Jeffrey, Courtney, Stacey (David) Yocubets, Aaron, Drew, Matthew, Allison and Samantha. A sister, Alice (Ernest) Parish; a brother, Carl (Corrine) Meyer; and 7 great -grandchildren, Cloey, Aidan, Alexander, Ila, Graham, Brecken and Rowynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Phillip Douglas; a brother, John Jr.; and a special daughter-in-law, Debbie Holden.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb with Pastor Blake Richter and Pastor Karen Herbst-Kim officiating. Private interment will be in the Malta Cemetery, Malta. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gene’s name. For information, please call 815-756-1022 or visit