Robert L. Meserve - age: 93
(May 01, 1929 to August 12, 2022
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family wishes
to express thanks to the staffs of St. Andre Health Care Facility in
Biddeford and Atria in Kennebunk for the great care given.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robertís name to Old
South United Methodist Church in Reading, Massachusetts.
Burial will be at a later date.
Dennett, Craig & Pte Funeral Home 365 Main St. Saco are entrusted with his services.
Robert L. Meserve, 93, died on August 12 in Biddeford, Maine.
He was born in Medford, Massachusetts, to George H. and
After graduating from Medford High School, Robert attended
Northeastern University, where he earned bachelorís and
masterís degrees in Civil Engineering. He did graduate study at
the University of West Virginia for four summers. He also served
as Captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean
Robert was a registered land surveyor and registered
professional engineer. He practiced engineering for nine years
with three firms before joining the Civil Engineering faculty at
Northeastern. He remained at N.U. until his retirement over three
decades later. During his tenure there he co-authored the 2nd
edition of Water and Its Impurities, and he published several
papers in the Journal of the New England Water Works
Association. He also served as editor of the Boston Society of
Civil Engineers Journal, editor of the Engineering Society of New
England Journal, and president of the Engineering Societies of
When Robert met June F. Gunter in 1945, it was the beginning of
a relationship that would span almost 80 years. They raised their
four children in Reading, Massachusetts. The family attended Old
South United Methodist Church, where Robert served as lay
leader under two ministers, chairman of the Pastor Parish
Committee, and Vice Chair of the Administrative Board. He also
taught many adult education courses at Old South.
Robert and his family spent part of each summer in Ocean Park,
Maine, the cherished spot where Bob and June had met and
fallen in love as teenagers. A devoted family man, Robertís
priority was to care for his wife and children, but he had other
passions as well. He was a voracious reader whose book
collection at one point consisted of over 3000 titles. He was also
an accomplished artist, specializing in pen-and-ink sketches and
watercolors. He appreciated music, from classical to
contemporary, and he was an avid sports fan who followed many
local and professional teams, though the Boston Red Sox were
number one in his heart.
Robert is survived by his wife, June; son David and his wife
Maria, of Scottsdale, Arizona; son Mark and his wife Linda, of
Merrimac, Massachusetts; daughter Loretta and her husband
Jon, of Kennebunk, Maine; daughter Nancy and her husband
Oscar, of Biddeford, Maine; and brother Harry of Medford. He
also leaves several grandchildren and great grandchildren.