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The Lynn Langer Meeks Fellowship

Lynn Langer Meeks graduated from Jerome High School in 1964, took her BA at the College of Idaho in 1968, her MA in English literature from Arizona State in 1977, and, while working full-time as a teacher, she completed her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State in 1985. She taught high school for many years in Scottsdale, Ariz. In 1985 she joined the English faculty at Utah State University. In 1988 she became the Language Arts consultant for the state of Idaho. In 1994, upon marrying Norm Jones, she returned to USU where she became a full professor of English, director of writing, and the director of the Utah Writing Project.

Lynn loved students, and she loved to teach. She believed that every student could learn to write, and she demonstrated it in her teaching and her scholarship. A great learner herself, she had many passions. Reading, clothing design, antique jewelry, travel, ballet, opera, horses, skiing, scuba diving, bridge, cats and a dachshund named Zoe were among them, but most of all she loved her husband, Norm, and her nieces, Leah and Jenna. Her deep, calm Christian faith kept her stable through her challenges. Lynn died of pancreatic cancer on October 14, 2006. The Lynn Langer Meeks Fellowship was established by her husband, Dr. Norman L. Jones. Scholarship funds from this endowment are used for women returning to school who wish to be English teachers, with preference given to established English teachers of more than three years service.