Helen Grove Meyer 8/24/1918-7/22/2011
Helen was one of two children of Frank, and Caroline Grove. She was born on August 24, 1918 in New Haven, Connecticut. Frank was a Tool and Die maker for the Lionel Company, so you know what came home at Christmas. Caroline was a devoted mother, who belonged to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), and a staunch supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. Helen, and her sister Elinor grew up in New Haven, Conn., and attended local schools. Helen went on to attend Quinnipiac University and graduated in 1938, the first person in her family to attain a college degree. Following a brief career in business, she met Henry Cord Meyer, a Post Doctorate Fellow, at Yale University, and they were married on Valentine’s Day, 1942 at the Yale University Chapel. Dr. Meyer was recruited by William Donovan to serve as a Commissioned Officer in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and his wife Helen followed as a civilian employee. Mustering out in 1945, Helen, and Henry went back to Yale for a year of post-doctoral studies, before moving to California. Henry became a professor of Modern European History at Pomona College, while Helen, gave birth to their first child in 1946, Henry Cord Meyer III. The family grew in 1950 with the birth of Christopher Grove Meyer, and Jane Allison Meyer in 1952. While Henry honed his skills in teaching, and research, Helen became active in community causes, and was one of the founding members of the League of Women Voters, of Claremont. Ever involved in both college, and community issues she became a local leader for change.