Shelley B. Meyer dies at age 40

Receptionist at St. Paul's School

August 03, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Shelley B. Meyer, who had been the friendly and welcoming receptionist at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, died Friday from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The Reisterstown resident was 40.

Shelley Boggess, the daughter of a pediatrician and a homemaker, was born in Durham, N.C., and raised in Roanoke, Va.

She was a 1988 graduate of St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in art history in 1992 from Salem College.

Mrs. Meyer moved to New York City in 1994 where she was a receptionist at Julius Lowy, an antique frame dealer and restorer. She moved to Baltimore in 1998 and went to work as a receptionist at John Marks & Associates, an advertising agency.

From 2007 until her death, Mrs. Meyer had been the receptionist at St. Paul's School, where she was presented its Unsung Hero Award.

She also had served as assistant summer camp director for one year at the school.

"In a school that prides itself on a sense of community, Shelley was the voice, smile and face of St. Paul's," headmaster Thomas J. Reid said Tuesday.

"She was the first person that students and their families met when they walked into Brooklandwood," Mr. Reid said. "Her death is so tragic."

Mrs. Meyer was an outdoorsman and in her youth had been an accomplished equestrian. She also had traveled extensively in England, Europe, Kenya, the Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and the U.S., and enjoyed vacationing at Block Island, R.I.

She was a parishioner of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Garrison, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are her husband of 14 years, Julien Meyer, who is chairman of the math department at St. Paul's; a son, J.P. Meyer, 6; a daughter, Madeleine Meyer, 8; her father, Dr. H. Preston Boggess of Check, Va.; her mother, Joan B. Zwemer of St. Michaels; and two brothers, Howard Boggess of Roanoke and Kevin Boggess of Salem, Va.

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