Vir­ginia Meier, 87, of Kingston

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

KINGSTON >> Vir­ginia Meier passed away qui­etly at home on Oct. 1, 2016, af­ter a long ill­ness. “All our yes­ter­days have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief can­dle.” — Mac­beth

Born Feb. 8, 1929, to Joseph and Mar­garet Meier, Vir­ginia was a New Yorker who at­tended Flush­ing High School and Queens Col­lege be­fore get­ting her Bach­e­lors de­gree in English Lit­er­a­ture at Yale. She con­tin­ued with an all-but-dis­ser­ta­tion Ph.D. at Columbia Uni­ver­sity but left with her hus­band to live and work in Cam­bridge, Paris, Geneva and Crete in the 1950’s.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to N.Y.C. when her fa­ther died, she had a daugh­ter, Ariel, in 1963. Di­vorced shortly there­after, she earned her Masters of Ed­u­ca­tion at Columbia Teach­ers Col­lege, and moved with her mother and daugh­ter to Wood­stock, N.Y. She taught writ­ing and lit­er­a­ture at Ul­ster County Com­mu­nity Col­lege for the next 30 years, where she was much beloved by thou­sands of stu­dents who cher­ished her lively teach­ing and her ded­i­ca­tion to their learn­ing and suc­cess. She took buses of stu­dents to mu­se­ums and the­aters in N.Y.C. and Bos­ton, and was known for her per­sonal de­light in at­tend­ing the Metropoli­tan Opera — some­times driv­ing to and from N.Y.C. the night be­fore a morn­ing class to see a per­for­mance.

Af­ter re­tir­ing, Vir­ginia trav­eled the world by ship in honor of her beloved sea­far­ing broth­ers. She con­tin­ued to en­joy opera, Shake­speare, clas­sic films, lit­er­a­ture and dogs. Her vo­ra­cious cu­rios­ity about “what’s go­ing to hap­pen next”, as well as her love of teach­ing, travel, an­i­mals, and dif­fer­ent cul­tures, was passed on to her daugh­ter.

She is pre­de­ceased by her broth­ers Chris­tian, William, Joseph, and Ed­ward. She leaves her daugh­ter, Ariel Lublin of Na­panoch, her son-in-law Fran­cis Mead, her nephew Joey Meier of Florida, and her adored helpers.

Memo­rial do­na­tions may be given to the Ul­ster County SPCA.

Re­mem­brances may be posted on her Face­book site or www.Key­serCarr. com

Her re­mains will be buried at sea at her re­quest.

“Men must en­dure their go­ing hence, even as their com­ing hither.” — King Lear

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