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Fred Meyer (Texas politician)

Frederick Ray "Fred" Meyer
Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas
In office
Preceded by George Strake, Jr.
Succeeded by Tom Pauken
Personal details
Born (1927-12-30)December 30, 1927
Deerfield, Lake County
Illinois, USA
Died September 24, 2012(2012-09-24) (aged 84)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Columbarium of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas
Spouse(s) Barbara L. Spreuer Meyer (married 1953-2012, his death)

Cheryl Lynn Bouldin
Amy Meyer Barrentine
Bradley Allen Meyer

Five grandchildren
Residence Dallas, Texas, USA
Alma mater

Purdue University

Harvard Business School
Occupation Businessman
Religion Presbyterian Church in the United States

Frederick Ray Meyer, known as Fred Meyer (December 20, 1927 – September 24 2012), was a Phil Gramm, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rick Perry, and Jeb Hensarling.[1]


  • Background 1
  • Political activities 2
  • Family and death 3
  • References 4


Meyer was born in Deerfield in Lake County in northeastern Illinois. His Republican family opposed Franklin D. Roosevelt and joked that the New Deal agency, the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, means, "We Pay Always." In 1934, the six-year-old Meyer passed out cards for his father, who ran for a school board seat in suburban Chicago. Meyer served in the United States Army and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[2]

A diversified businessman, Meyer sat on the boards of eighteen businesses and non-tax paying institutions, including five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He was a chief operating officer of three firms and the chairman of the board of two others.[1] He was treasurer of Aladdin Industries in Nashville, Tennessee, and then a senior vice president and then from 1983 to 1986 president of the Tyler Corporation in Dallas.[2]

Meyer was involved in many avocations too: downhill skiing, marathons, professional race car driving, from the ages of sixty-three to seventy-five, mountain climbing, and a three-mile daily run. He exceeded 35,000 miles in his lifetime.[1] He was also until the end of his life a fundraiser for the Cooper Institute and Clinic in Dallas.[2]

Political activities

For seven years, Meyer was the Republican chairman of Michael Dukakis, with their old mutual rival, Lloyd Bentsen, seeking to succeed Bush as vice president but losing out to Republican nominee Dan Quayle.[2]

Himself considered a Moderate Republican, Meyer sterred clear of primary rivalries but supported his party nominees across the spectrum in each general election.[2] One of Meyer's successors as state chairman, Susan Weddington of San Antonio, by contrast supported conservative State Representative John Shields in his unsuccessful challenge in 2002 to incumbent Jeff Wentworth for the District 25 seat in the Texas State Senate. Weddington opposed Wentworth's support for abortion.[3] From 1972 forward, Meyer was a delegate to all Republican state conventions held every even year. For nine months, he headed the Victory 2000 Committee in Washington, D.C.; his work paid off with the election of the second President Bush.[2]

Former Republican state chairman [2]Jeanne Johnson Phillips, an oil company executive, said that she even postponed her wedding for a week to accommodate Meyer's fund-raising goals.[2]

Family and death

Meyer was married to the former Barbara L. Spreuer (1929-2013), a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University in Indianapolis, who was a former personnel director for a grocery chain.[4]The Meyers had three children, daughters Cheryl Lynn Bouldin and Amy Meyer Barrentine, and son Bradley Allen "Brad" Meyer (1959-2007). Bradley died in Dallas at the age of forty-eight, six months after he was diagnosed with metastasized melanoma cancer. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he was engaged in the entertainment industry and was the president from 1990 to 2005 of Star Tickets in Austin.[5]

Meyer died of cancer in Dallas at the age of eighty-four. He, his wife, and son were Presbyterians and are in-urned in the columbarium of the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Frederick Ray "Fred" Meyer".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Gromer Jeffers, Jr., and Joe Simnacher (September 24, 2012). "Fred Meyer, who built Dallas and Texas GOP into dominant force, dies at age 84". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Karen Olsson (November 2002). ""Mr. Right"".  
  4. ^ "Barbara L. Spreuer Meyer". The Dallas Morning News. April 14, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bradley Allen Meyer". Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
Preceded by
George Strake, Jr.
Texas Republican Party State Chairman

Frederick Ray "Fred" Meyer

Succeeded by
Tom Pauken
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