Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer Reading Room Dedicated in Kent Library


Photo of Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer and Thomas M. Meyer outside the new Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer Reading Room on the main floor of Kent Library

Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer and Thomas M. Meyer outside the new Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer Reading Room on the main floor of Kent Library.




Jan. 21, 2009 – The Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer Reading Room on the main floor of Kent Library was dedicated Dec. 21 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The room is centrally located in the library, just across from the coffee cart. The Mary E. (Griffith) Meyer Reading Room, one wall of which is glass and features a round table with about eight chairs, will serve as a group study area for students assigned to teams working on group projects. The reading room is just steps away and within ready access to other library materials students may need while completing their projects, said Ed Buis, director of Kent Library. “We really appreciate a gift like this,” Buis said. “For years to come, there are going to be young people sitting in there and using that room. We are really excited about the gift at the moment, but it will also benefit many young people way down the line.”

Mrs. Meyer was born in Spokane, Wash. She attended schools in Utah, Arizona and Missouri. After graduating from Ellington High School, she attended Southeast Missouri State University. She graduated in December 1973 with a degree in early elementary education and a minor in library science. She is currently the librarian at St. Mary’s Cathedral School.

Mrs. Meyer is the daughter of the late Art and Ellyne Griffith and a sister to Art K. Griffith and Dr. Deborah Griffith. Mrs. Meyer and her husband Thomas M. Meyer have been married for 35 years. Both are graduates of Southeast Missouri State University and continue their involvement with the University as Southeast lifetime alumni members and Southeast Boosters.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are the parents of Heather Ellyne Meyer of New Zealand; Jean (Meyer) Boctor and her husband Kareem of St. Louis; Thomas N. Meyer and his wife Beth, Catherine Meyer and Tara Meyer, all of Cape Girardeau.