Gary Meadows' Story Wall

My Birth

One of my first memories from childhood was where I was born in Moultrie, Georgia. It’s sort of north east o...

The Move to Jacksonville

Actually I didn’t grow up in Georgia. I was born in Georgia, but I my father was a handy man farmer. He coul...

Jacksonville of My Youth

Well, it was a naval town. The Mayport part of the Navy was up in north Jacksonville, really close to the Ge...

High School

I grew up in Jacksonville Florida, and went to Robert E. Lee High School which still exists there. When I wa...

Choosing Stetson

I grew up a Baptist, and at that time, Stetson had a pretty strong affiliation with the Baptists, and I thou...

Major at Stetson

I entered Stetson in 1955. I graduated from Lee High School in Jacksonville, came to Stetson, again, thinkin...

My Best Friend From Stetson

We came to Stetson together from high school. We went to the same high school. I used to envy him. He used t...

Integration at Stetson

I think one of the most dynamic moments in my life was my sophomore year when a senior student arose in the...

Assemblies at Stetson

It was in 1957, maybe 1958. I was either a sophomore or a junior, and we used to have assemblies. First of a...

The Old Gym

We used to have an old gym, a men’s gym. The women’s gym was on the west side of the campus right off the bo...

Arm Wresting in the Honors Dorm

I’ll never forget when I was a senior. First semester my senior year, I lived in an honors dorm. There are o...

Changing Career Paths

I came to Stetson planning to go into the ministry. I don’t know how much of this I should tell you, but one...

Working at Stetson

I found a note in my post office box to stop by the admissions office and talk with the director of admissio...

The Voice of Stetson Basketball

Well, I’ve always loved athletics. I didn’t play any college sports, but other than intramurals. But, I did...

Sigma Nu House Fire

I think it was the second or third year that I was working at Stetson. I lived at a house that was about hal...

Graduate Education

I wanted to get some additional education, so when I graduated, I began taking graduate courses. I got a Mas...

Traveling for Stetson

The opportunity to tell the Stetson story literally all over the world, and when I say over all of the world...

Trip to England

I even had the opportunity to go to England for a two week period that was not directly related to Stetson’s...

Transitioning to Alumni Relations

Well, one of the things that inspired me to move over to alumni programs was that I knew so many of them, gr...

Meeting Gail

I had admitted gale to Stetson, not know that I would end up marrying her. A young lady also from Deland was...

The Meadows Alumni House

That blew me away. I never expected that to happen, because usually people who get buildings named for them...

The Stetson Experience

I can sum my position up by saying that you don’t plan your life, but things just sort of fall into place in...