Bro. Meredith Mathews (1919 - 1992)

posted Mar 9, 2015, 4:58 PM by Salim Mayberry
Meredith Mathews, born in Thomaston, Georgia, received his B.S. degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio and pursued graduate studies at Ohio University.   He began a lifelong association with Young Men’s Christian Association in 1937 as Director of the Spring Street YMCA in Columbus, Ohio and continued his professional career with the organization in Oklahoma City and McAlester, Oklahoma.

Mr. Mathews arrived in Seattle in October 1957, as Executive Director of the East Madison YMCA.  The fund raising and business management skills he had developed in Oklahoma were used to expand services, memberships and programs at the Seattle branch.  A new facility was built in 1965 after a successful Capital Funds Campaign under his leadership.  He was appointed Associate Executive of the Pacific Northwest Area Council of YMCAs in 1965.  In 1971 he was named Regional Executive of the Pacific Region of YMCAs and was responsible for oversight of 126 facilities and programs in 11 states.  He retired after 39 years of outstanding service to the YMCA. 

Community groups as well as the YMCA awarded him for his service and for his leadership.  Hundreds of people considered him a role model and an inspiration to them when they were children.  In December 1993, the YMCA of Greater Seattle Board of Directors named the East Madison YMCA the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA.  Two years later his name was placed in the YMCA Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.  -

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