Meldrum Barnett Winstead, Jr. ’46

Meldrum Barnett Winstead, Jr. ’46, 84, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away on May 21. He was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Lincolnton, N.C., a son of the late M.B. and Annie H. Winstead. Winstead was a 1946 graduate of Davidson, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1952 he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. Winstead became a faculty member at Bucknell University in 1952 and retired as professor emeritus of chemistry in 1991. Post-doctoral studies during his 39-year tenure included research at Chelsea College of the University of London, California Institute of Technology (under a National Institutes of Health fellowship), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Medi-Physics Inc. at Emeryville, Calif., and Israel Resources Corporation, Technion, Haifa, Israel. In 1969, Winstead shared the first Georg von Hevesy Prize awarded by the European Society of Nuclear Medicine with former student and colleague, H.S. Winchell. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, and belonged to the American Chemical Society for 62 years. He was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the Buffalo Valley Singers, and the Milton Area Theater of the Arts. In Arizona he played softball with the Sun City West Senior Club, was a member of the Sun City Concert Band and the West Valley Chorale, and a Sun Health volunteer chapel organist at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Winstead is survived by his wife of 52 years, Merle Holden Winstead, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Apt. C621, Sun City West, AZ 85375-6045; three married children, Deborah W. McNicholas (Edwin), Charles H. Winstead (Kunjan Raval), and Ellen M. Winstead (John Gordon); four grandchildren, Audrey and William McNicholas, Kalina Winstead, and Matilda Gordon; and one sister, Margaret W. Spainhour.