Dr. Donald G. Meredith, 59, veterinarian, track publicist

April 20, 2005

Dr. Donald Gibson Meredith, a veterinarian and former publicity director for Laurel Race Course, died of a heart attack April 12 at the Boca Raton, Fla., animal hospital where he worked. The former Kingsville resident was 59.

Born in Bel Air, he was raised on his family's thoroughbred horse breeding farm, Merry Acres in Kingsville. He attended Gilman School, was a 1964 graduate of Kenwood High School and briefly studied at Wake Forest University.

After serving as an editor of Horsemen's Journal in Rockville and then becoming publicity director at Laurel, he spent four years managing the family farm and rode in steeplechase events in the Wilmington, Del., area.

Deciding on a career change, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Delaware in 1982 and graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.

His father, now-retired veterinarian Dr. G.G. Meredith of Towson, said yesterday he asked whether his son would be treating horses. "He told me he had watched me get kicked in the teeth too many times," the elder Dr. Meredith said. "He told me, `I'm going to the dogs.'"

The son moved to Florida and established a practice on its Gulf coast before relocating to Boca Raton. He became medical director for Feline Friends, a charity for homeless cats in nearby Deerfield Beach.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 27 at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton.

In addition to his father, survivors include a daughter, Heather Meredith Monard of Upper Jay, N.Y.; his mother, Jayne Meredith of Towson; and a brother, George Gibson Meredith Jr. of Cockeysville. His two marriages ended in divorce.

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