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From: Gina Reasoner <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 13:23:02 -0400

History of Ohio
The American Historical Society, Inc., 195
Volume III, page 372-373

ROY BERNARD MEADE. Among the younger men in the professional and business
life of Akron none has gone ahead faster on his own resources than Roy
Bernard Meade, head of the largest abstract company of Summit county and
also senior member of the law firm of Meade & Chapman, doing an extensive
law business.
His birth occurred at Richfield, Summit County, March 18, 1896, his
parents being George G. and Esther M. (Richards) Meade, who reside at
Akron, where his father is a contractor and builder. Second in a family of
three children, Roy Bernard had his ambition directed into the channel of
the law when an old set of law books was given him at the age of twelve. He
began reading while a pupil in the public schools of Akron. After high
school he spent a year in Akron University, where he became a charter
member of the Sigma Beta, later the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, of which
he is trustee of the local chapter.
At the age of nineteen Mr. Meade was operating a small cigar store, and a
year later became a general accountant in the offices of the Goodyear
Rubber company. Three years later, with the law firm of Myers & Dinsmore,
he was handling the abstract work and continuing his law studies. The
abstract business, begun on a very modest scale, has since been developed
to a service complete for all the requirements of Akron and vicinity. In
December, 1920, Mr. Meade was a member of the class of 101 admitted to the
Ohio bar, he being at the head of the class with the highest honors with an
average of 92 8/10. He then formed his present law firm of Meade & Chapman,
doing a general law practice, with offices in the Buckeye Building, where
are located also the headquarters of the R.B. Meade Abstract Company, which
was incorporated in 1921. Mr. Meade has specialized in corporation, real
estate law, banking and tax law, and has come to be regarded as the leading
authority on the latter subjects, having contributed a number of articles
on real estate law to the Akron Legal News, the builders Exchange Magazine
and other Akron papers.
Mr. Meade has been the first and only president of the Summit County
Association of Title Men, is chairman of the executive committee of the
Ohio State Abstractors' Association of Abstracters. He is a member of the
Akron Real Estate Board, the Akron Chamber of Commerce, the Summit County
and Ohio State Bar associations, is active in republican politics, a member
of the Exchange Club, Masonic Club, Akron Lodge No. 83, Free and Accepted
Masons; Washington Chapter No. 25, Royal Arch Masons; Akron Council No. 80,
Royal and Select Masters; Yusef Khan Grotto No. 42; Akron Lodge No. 363,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Aerie No. 555, Fraternal Order
of Eagles. He belongs to the Young Men's Christian Association. In 1924 he
was secretary and a trustee of the Portage Fish and Game association, is a
member of the Silver Lake Country club, his favorite sports being golf and
Mr. Meade married in 1915, at Akron, Miss Ethel Irene Ferguson.her father,
the late William Ferguson, was a farmer, land owner and conducted a
wholesale and retail meat business in Akron. The three children of Mr. and
Mrs. Meade are Robert Bernard, Marjorie Jane and William Ferguson.

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