John N. Meagher

1972, Denver

Dr. John N. Meagher was born on December 23, 1925 in Springfield, Ohio. He attended public schools and then entered Kenyon College. He served a 36-month tour in the United States Navy in the Aviation Division. He then returned to Kenyon College and was awarded a B.A. degree in 1946. He attended the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1950. He served his internship at the White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Ohio from 1950 to 1951 and then served residencies in neurology and neurological surgery at the same institution. He was a fellow in neurological surgery at the Barnes Hospital at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri from 1955 to 1956 and then chief resident in neurosurgery at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio from 1956 to 1957. He taught neuroanatomy for 3 years between 1951 and 1953. He was a full-time assistant professor of neurological surgery at Ohio State University from 1957 to 1959. He then entered private practice in 1959 but continued on the clinical faculty of the Ohio State University and was named clinical professor of neurological surgery in 1973. He was named professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, Ohio State University in 1987. Dr. Meagher was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1958. He was director of neurosurgical education at the Riverside Methodist Hospital from 1961 until he retired in 1984.

Dr. Meagher was very active in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He chaired a committee that was responsible for putting on the first live operative clinic in the United States. Drs. Wallace Hamby and Donald Matson were two of the noted surgeons at the live operative neurosurgical clinic in Chicago in 1965. Dr. Meagher helped expand the work of the Socio-Economic Committee and expanded the Annual Meeting to include breakfast seminars and luncheon seminars. Dr. Meagher was President of the CNS from 1971 to 1972 and served as president at the meeting in Denver. He fondly recalls how extremely well informed, cooperative, and helpful were members of his Executive Committee.

Dr. Meagher was president of the Columbus Academy of Medicine and was a delegate to the Ohio State Medical Association between 1972 and 1976. He is a past president of the Ohio State Neurosurgical Society. He was president of the Neurosurgical Society of America from 1979 to 1980 and has been vice president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He was on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons from 1972 to 1975 and was a member of the American Board of Neurological Surgery from 1981 to 1986. He has been a member of the Advisory Council of Neurological Surgery of the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Trustees at the Riverside Methodist Hospital from 1978-1984. Dr. Meagher has been the author of 20 publications. He was named the Ohia Neurosurgeon of the Year in 1985.

Dr. Meagher married Maxine A. Grouve on July 31, 1948. Dr. and Mrs. Meagher have three children: Michael who is 42 years of age and is a neurosurgeon; Steven, 36, who is an attorney; and John who is 26 years of age and a senior in college. Dr. Meagher had the good fortune of practicing neurological surgery with his son for 5 years prior to his retirement in March1984.