NELSON S. MEAD, GREAT-GRANDSON OF MEAD FOUNDER,
DIES AT 70
DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelson Strobridge Mead, a director of the Mead Corporation (NYSE: MEA) and great-grandson of its founder, Colonel Daniel E. Mead, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Mead was the sole surviving family member still connected with the company. His passing marks the first time a Mead family member will not be associated with the company since its founding in 1846.
Mr. Mead joined the corporation in 1945 after his release from active duty during World War II as a naval aviator. Starting in a blue-collar job, he later moved into sales and marketing and rose to the head of Mead Pulp Sales.
In 1954 he was named assistant to the president of the corporation. He was elected a director in 1959, and served as a director of a number of Mead subsidiaries throughout his career. Mr. Mead was elected vice president, international, in 1963, and senior vice president, international, in 1981.
After retiring as an officer of the corporation in 1986, Mr. Mead served as managing partner of Rend & Company, a personal investment firm based in Dayton, Ohio.
Mr. Mead had been a director of USAir Group Inc. and its predecessor, Allegheny Airlines, since 1963, and a director of Ryder System, Inc., the national truck leasing firm, since 1976. He was also a director of Williams Communications, Inc. and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Mead served for many years as a director and member of the advisory board of the Dayton Council on World Affairs, an organization of which his father, George H. Mead, was a founder. He also held leadership positions in the United Way, the Montgomery County Society for Cancer Control, and the American Medical Research Foundation. He was a member of the board of the Cox Heart Institute and Children's Medical Center of Dayton, and served as treasurer and a member of the vestry of St. George's Episcopal Church.
Mr. Mead was a trustee and later president of the Miami Valley School. He was also a director and president of the Miami Valley Hunt & Polo Club, and served on the Board of Governors of the United States Polo Association.
Mr. Mead attended the University of Virginia and Ohio State University.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Cummings Mead; children, Ruth M. Baker of Westwood, Mass.; Emilie H. Mead of Washington, D.C.; Nelson S. Mead, Jr., of Hartford, Conn.; Dexter C. Mead of New Haven, Conn.; and two sisters, Marianna M. O'Brien of Boston, Mass., and Louise M. Walker of Easton, Md. Mrs. Mead resides at 680 West David Road, Dayton, Ohio, 45429, and 216 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound, Fla., 33455.
Memorial services will be held in Dayton at noon Thursday at St. George's Episcopal Church, 5520 Far Hills Avenue. Donations may be made to the Children's Medical Center or the Miami Valley School in Dayton.
/CONTACT: Sharon Williamson of The Mead Corporation, 513-495-3535/
(MEA) CO: Mead Corporation ST: Ohio IN: PAP SU: KK -- CL006 -- 1312 11/18/91 10:12 EST