Among the younger men in the professional and business life of Akron none has gone ahead faster on his own resources than Roy Bernard Meade, head of the largest abstract company of Summit county and also senior member of the law firm of Meade & Chapman, doing an extensive law business.
His birth occurred at Richfield, Summit County, March 18, 1896, his parents being George G. and Esther M. (Richards) Meade, who reside at Akron, where his father is a contractor and builder. Second in a family of three children, Roy Bernard had his ambition directed into the channel of the law when an old set of law books was given him at the age of twelve. He began reading while a pupil in the public schools of Akron. After high school he spent a year in Akron University, where he became a charter member of the Sigma Beta, later the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, of which he is trustee of the local chapter.
At the age of nineteen Mr. Meade was operating a small cigar store, and a year later became a general accountant in the offices of the Goodyear Rubber company. Three years later, with the law firm of Myers & Dinsmore, he was handling the abstract work and continuing his law studies. The abstract business, begun on a very modest scale, has since been developed to a service complete for all the requirements of Akron and vicinity. In December, 1920, Mr. Meade was a member of the class of 101 admitted to the Ohio bar, he being at the head of the class with the highest honors with an average of 92 8/10. He then formed his present law firm of Meade & Chapman, doing a general law practice, with offices in the Buckeye Building, where are located also the headquarters of the R.B. Meade Abstract Company, which was incorporated in 1921. Mr. Meade has specialized in corporation, real estate law, banking and tax law, and has come to be regarded as the leading authority on the latter subjects, having contributed a number of articles on real estate law to the Akron Legal News, the builders Exchange Magazine and other Akron papers.
Mr. Meade has been the first and only president of the Summit County Association of Title Men, is chairman of the executive committee of the Ohio State Abstractors' Association of Abstracters. He is a member of the Akron Real Estate Board, the Akron Chamber of Commerce, the Summit County and Ohio State Bar associations, is active in republican politics, a member of the Exchange Club, Masonic Club, Akron Lodge No. 83, Free and Accepted Masons; Washington Chapter No. 25, Royal Arch Masons; Akron Council No. 80, Royal and Select Masters; Yusef Khan Grotto No. 42; Akron Lodge No. 363, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Aerie No. 555, Fraternal Order of Eagles. He belongs to the Young Men's Christian Association. In 1924 he was secretary and a trustee of the Portage Fish and Game association, is a member of the Silver Lake Country club, his favorite sports being golf and fishing.
Mr. Meade married in 1915, at Akron, Miss Ethel Irene Ferguson.her father, the late William Ferguson, was a farmer, land owner and conducted a wholesale and retail meat business in Akron. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Meade are Robert Bernard, Marjorie Jane and William Ferguson.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III