Dr. Mary Meeker, Ed.D.
"Everyone has intelligence, we ask not 'How much?' but, more importantly, 'What kind?'"
Dr. Mary Meeker, a psychologist living in Manhattan Beach from 1955 until 1968, died of breast cancer in Vida, Oregon on October 4, 2003. She was 82. She founded the SOI (Structure of Intellect) Institute for testing and training of children's intelligence in 1969.
She received her doctorate in educational psychology from USC. She received teacher, school psychology and pupil personnel credentials from California, and a clinical psychology license. She touched thousands of people's lives worldwide because she believed that all children have intelligence and that it can be trained.
She was a professor at USC, Loyola-Marymount and Cal State Northridge. She served as a distinguished professor lecturing at Harvard, the University of British Columbia and Toronto, and the University of Belgium. She was perhaps best known as a contributor, and as a board member for 10 years, to the National Association for Gifted Children.
A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Meeker was awarded Education Leader of the Year in 1981. She was selected by the U.S. Office of Education as one of the five social scientists whose work held promise for education in the next century. In 2003, she was selected by the International Center for Studies in Creativity as one of the 50 most creative professional women in America.
Dr. Meeker was included in Who's Who in American Science. She was a relative of Kahlil Gibran so it is not surprising that she loved poetry. She became a watercolorist in her early '70's.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Meeker in Oregon; three daughters, Jessica Anderson-Maxwell, a writer, of Eugene Or., Dr. Valerie Maxwell, a psychologist, of Manhattan Beach, and Heather Meeker, an attorney in Palo Alto, Ca. Her two grandchildren, Amber and Jesse Wilson attended Manhattan Beach schools.