Colonel Carroll S Meek

Meek, a 1945 graduate of Kemper Military School and a 1949 West Point graduate, conceived and designed the first mobile floating firing platform which so revolutionized artillery support that his concept was adopted and is still in use today. Meek’s idea was reviewed by command levels within the US Field Artillery and he was asked to present a detailed briefing to the highest levels of the US military. Upon his return to the United States, Meek was asked to lecture at the US War College on his innovation. He was subsequently assigned instructor status at the US Army Artillery School and allowed to choose his next command. He asked for the honor of being the Professor of Military Science at Kemper Military School, which was granted. Shortly after Meek’s arrival at Kemper the full extent of the School’s financial difficulty became clear and Meek was asked to assume the Presidency of Kemper.

A prolific writer on several subjects, Colonel Meek penned several in-depth analyses of ROTC recruiting and retention techniques. His leadership approach was one of example and he exhibited the style and poise of a confident officer. Colonel Meek was deeply respected by the cadets at Kemper and they often adopted his mannerisms as a gesture of respect. During one springtime parade, all of the cadet officers inserted heavy strips of cardboard into the shoulder area of their uniforms so that when their swords were returned to the carry position the action produced a distinct “pop”. This was done after Colonel Meek told the cadets of a similar practice during his days at Kemper. The old soldier smiled from the reviewing stand.

Carroll S Meek served as Kemper’s eighth President until a replacement could be identified and brought on board. Meek died on 12 February 2007 and is buried at the West Point Cemetery. Meek has been posthumously nominated to Echo Company, Kemper Military School as one of the school’s most gifted sons.