University of Vermont


Announcement: Dr. Bill Meezan '67 Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts that we inform the UVM community that Dr. Bill Meezan ’67 passed away yesterday due to complications from a long-standing medical condition.  Bill was an accomplished scholar in the field and a well-respected, national expert in child welfare.  He was presented with an honorary doctorate by UVM in 2013 and is a past alum speaker at the LGBTQA Center’s Rainbow Awards and Graduation ceremony. Bill also served on the UVM Foundation’s Board of Directors.  In March, he joined Dot Brauer and Evan Litwin as a presenter at a national conference on LGBT Engagement in Washington, D.C. 

Bill was a close friend of the LGBTQA Center, its staff, and many of its students.  We will remember Bill for his loving kindness, infectious sense of humor, open and honest nature, his spirited dedication and volunteerism to the issues he cared about, and his deep affection for UVM and its queer community.  

We take comfort in knowing that Bill was surrounded by friends, family, and his long-time husband Michael, to whom we offer our deepest condolences.  A celebration of Bill’s life to be held locally will be planned in the future.  The LGBTQA Center will post updates to Facebook and its e-mail listserv as soon as details become available.  The Center remains open during the summer and anyone who wishes to stop by and talk is encouraged to do so. 

Dr. Meezan’s impacts, contributions, and achievements are innumerable.  Here are a few links for readers who wish to learn more about him including a video of his remarks at Rainbow Awards & Graduation 2012 and an article about when Bill and Michael established the Meezan-Brittenback Fund in 2015, the largest-ever planned gift to the LGBTQA Center at UVM.