DR. G. EDGAR “ED” MEADS
Class of 1952
Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball
One of the most accomplished student-athletes in Oxford’s history, Dr. Ed Meads was as much a standout in the operating room as he was on the field.
As a Wildcat, Meads earned 12 letter awards in four sports. The four-time captain was named all-Tri-County League seven times. He also earned all-state honors in the half mile, finishing 4th at the 1952 MHSAA Finals after breaking the school record twice. In addition to his athletic accolades, Meads was also one of Oxford’s brightest students. He won the 1952 Oxford Cup and received the University of Michigan (U-M) Regent’s Scholarship.
Before receiving a bachelor’s degree from Michigan in 1956, Meads earned three letter awards as an offensive guard for the Wolverines. After the 1955 season in which Meads was named Michigan captain, he earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from both the United Press International and Associated Press wire services. In addition, he was 3rd team all-Big Ten Conference that same season. As a student, Meads belonged to the prestigious Sphinx and Michigamua honor Societies and earned the Fielding H. Yost Scholar Award.
After graduation, Meads was accepted to The University of Western Ontario Medical School. Incredibly, Ed not only excelled in his studies, but lettered twice for the Mustangs, helping them to the 1957 Canadian National Football Championship. He was named MVP that year and was named to the All-Canada team in 1957 and 1958 as both a center and middle linebacker. Meads earned a M.D. from UWO with honors in 1961. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Scholar Society and is currently a member of the UWO Athletics Hall of Fame.
Dr. Meads served his internship at Wayne State Hospitals until 1962 when he returned to UWO for his general surgery residency through 1966. In 1967 he earned the prestigious McLaughlin Traveling Fellowship Award and was a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. During the Vietnam War, Dr. Meads served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was Chief of Surgery for the 91st and 93rd EVAC Hospitals, earning the U.S. Army Bronze Star in 1969 for his contributions.
Meads was named the A.D. McLachlin Professor of Surgery and served UWO for 34 years as a member of the department of surgery. Before being named professor emeritus at the UWO School of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Meads served as Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Ontario from 1980 to 1990. Dr. Ed Meads resides in London, Ontario.
CHARTER MEMBER - INDUCTED 2010
"Meads was outstanding athlete, student" - Oxford Leader (August 25, 2010)