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Philanthropist Paul J. Meyer Passes

Oct. 26, 2009

Meyer spent half a century in Waco, working in insurance and at Word Records before founding the The Success Motivation Institute. It was there many came to consider him a founder of the personal success industry. The 81-year-old philanthropist donated millions to area organizations, including Baylor University and Boy Scouts of America.

Friends remember Meyer as a generous and humble individual. Joe Baxter worked for Paul Meyer for 46 years.

"He was a very, very giving person. He was a person who, everyday, would make the statement 'Lord give me someone today that I can help'."

Meyer's name adorns the Ferrell Center arena, but much of his philanthropy was made quietly top dozens of local causes. Richard Scott was the former Dean of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, and a personal friend of Meyer.

"Well, I think he meant a lot. A lot of the things you see going on in Waco he started, or he gave early to campaigns to get them started. And, yet, he never put his name on them."

Meyer is survived by his wife, Jane, five children and fifteen grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 10 in the arena that bears his name.

For KWBU news I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.

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