Brother Gerald Richard Meegan, S.D.B.

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Brother Gerald Richard Meegan, S.D.B., who served as principal of Salesian High School in New Rochelle in the 1980s, died Dec. 19 in the Salesian residence at Mary Help of Christians Center in Tampa, Fla. He was 79.

He was principal of Salesian High, 1980-1985 and a teacher at the Salesian high school seminaries in Haverstraw and Goshen, serving the latter as dean of brother aspirants.

He was coordinator of Don Bosco Retreat Center, Stony Point, 1997-1999. He served as the province’s superintendent of schools, 1985-1988; a member of the provincial council, 1985-1997; and as province vocation director, 1972-1974.

He also served in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida and Louisiana.

He helped establish the National Assembly of Religious Brothers in 1971, was a member of its first board of directors and served as the organization’s president, 1997-1999.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., he attended Don Bosco Tech in Paterson, N.J. He entered the Salesian novitiate in 1959 and made final vows in 1966.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Iona College, New Rochelle, and a master’s in education from SUNY New Paltz.

A Funeral Mass was offered Dec. 29 at the Marian Shrine Chapel, Stony Point. Burial was in the Salesian Cemetery in Goshen.