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Rufus Watson Meadows, 89, a noted architect who was active in many community service organizations and private clubs, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 1997) in his Buffalo home after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, Meadows attended Nichols School, graduated from St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Harvard University in 1931 and 1936, respectively.

Meadows was a World War War II veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and attained the rank of major. Prior to the war, he served in the 209th Army Artillery Reserves.

At Harvard, he worked part-time as an apprentice to famed Buffalo architect E.B. Green. After the war, he became a partner in the architectural firm of Green & James and, in 1972, retired as a senior partner in the firm, which had become James, Meadows & Howard.

From 1950 through 1951, he served as president of the Buffalo and Western New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

During a distinguished career, he was responsible for designing federal and state buildings as well as hospitals, including a state complex in Albany and the Federal Reserve Building in Buffalo. In one of his final projects, he was a consultant on Rich Stadium.

Meadows served as a trustee of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Butler Mitchell Boys Club, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Child and Family Services, Meals on Wheels, YMCA, Buffalo Zoo, Brent Manor and Conners Children's Center. He also was a senior warden at Trinity Episcopal Church.

He was a member of the Fox Club at Harvard, Saturn Club, Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, the Cabinet and Buffalo Yacht Club.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed deep-sea fishing, taking yearly excursions to the Caribbean with his family. They summered at Lorraine Beach in Ontario.

He and his wife, the former Margaret Curtiss, were married 44 years.

Survivors also include a son, Rufus Jr. of Newport, R.I.; a sister, Marion of Bristol, R.I.; and two grandchildren.

Services and burial will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.


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