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Barbara Laskin

Gerald A. Meigs Named Macalester Distinguished Citizen

St. Paul, Minn. Gerald A. Meigs of St. Paul, Minn., has been named one of Macalester College’s 2007 Distinguished Citizens. Meigs graduated from Macalester in 1957.

The Distinguished Citizen Citation recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious and professional activities. It is given because the Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees and the faculty of Macalester believe that a college education should be the training and inspiration for unselfish and effective service to the community, the nation and the world. Recipients demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work.

Meigs worked at St. Paul Book and Stationery, where he rose to senior vice president in charge of three divisions and director for two national trade associations covering the office and school products industry. He later went on to work with former Minnesota Gov. Elmer L. Andersen at ECM Publishers, where he continues his involvement as adviser to the company’s Community Affairs Council.

In Rotary International, Meigs served as a director on the international board and as chair of the executive committee, and he has received several of its highest honors. He has been involved in service projects around the world, particularly Rotary’s PolioPlus program, through which he personally distributed immunizations in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria.

Meigs chaired the Class of 1957’s 50th Reunion Committee, co-founded an independent living community for seniors, led the establishment of the foundation at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, twice served as president of the James J. Hill Reference Library and is active in an environmental stewardship organization near Tofte, Minn.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.

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