Raymond Everett Meyn,
Raymond Everett Meyn,
  • August 29, 1942 - December 27, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Beloved husband and father Dr. Raymond E. Meyn Jr. passed away on December 27, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Ray was born August 29,1942 in Mobile, AL to Raymond E. Meyn, Sr. and Nadine Meyn, where Ray Sr. was serving in Army Corps of Engineers. When the war ended, the Meyns returned to Kansas City, KS where Ray grew up alongside his younger sister, Nancy. As a kid, Ray enjoyed helping his grandparents operate their movie theatre, setting the foundation for a lifelong love of classic movies and popcorn. Ray graduated from Washington High School, Kansas City, KS in 1960. Keeping with his lifelong hobby of electronics, Ray initially majored in electrical engineering at the University of Kansas. However, he later switched majors to the new discipline of radiation biophysics, eventually receiving his PhD from KU in 1969. While at KU, Ray met the love of his life, Anne Maurie Hamilton, whom he married in 1968. After Ray completed his doctorate, the newly married couple moved to Houston, Texas where Ray had accepted a job at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Over the next 49 years, Ray was a cancer researcher and professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology. In addition to his regular duties, Ray served as Principal Investigator on grants; sat on various committees; published original research; presented at conferences; and reviewed grants for NIH, the Department of Defense, and NASA. Ray is remembered by his colleagues for his brilliance, humor, generosity and his mentorship to peers and students. He will live on through the impact his publications and research have made to the global scientific community.
Ray and Anne raised two children, William H. Meyn (Bill) and Katherine Anne Meyn Chauvin (Kathy). Ray was a kind, sweet, fun, and generous father to Bill and Kathy. Every summer Ray would take the entire family on long "Griswold" style vacations all around the country in the minivan. The son of an architect and an artist, Ray always encouraged and supported Kathy's artistic endeavors and was proud that she became an Interior Designer. Ray enjoyed seeing his kids become parents and spending time with his grandsons Charlie & Trevor. Ray continued his love of electronics for his entire life - he spent most weekends in his garage lab where he built and repaired computers and radio equipment; he was an avid ham radio operator who achieved the highest level of amateur radio license from the FCC. He enjoyed communicating by radio with people all over the world, as well as volunteering his radio services to assist West University emergency services and for events like the Houston Marathon.
Ray is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anne Hamilton Meyn; his son, William H. Meyn, daughter-in-Law, Brittany Montague Meyn, and grandson, Trevor Meyn; his daughter, Katherine Anne Meyn Chauvin, son-in-law, Nicholas Chauvin, and grandson, Charlie Chauvin; his sister, Nancy Meyn Hane, and husband, Carl Hane, and niece Elizabeth Hane, and nephew Andrew Hane and their families; cousin-in-law, Bette Anne Mayberry, and husband Mark Mayberry and their family, and numerous other family and friends including Ray's devoted research assistant of over 10 years Kate Bridges. Once a friend of Ray's, always a friend of Ray's.
A visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, followed by Memorial services at 11:00 AM, January 13, 2018 at West University United Methodist Church, 3611 University Boulevard, Houston 77005. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Raymond E. Meyn Memorial Research Scholarship Endowment Fund at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston TX 77210-4486.