FAMILIES - MEE
R. Kirk Mee III, Linda Mee, and Cynthia Mee
The three Mee siblings, children of Kirk Mee II and Bette (Mahaffey) Mee, grew up in Darrtown during the middle of the 20th century.
They included, (in birth order): Kirk Mee III, Linda Mee, and Cynthia Mee.
All three have contributed their memories of Darrtown, which may be accessed via the "Recollections" section of this website (see website menu) or the links provided in the Biographical sections below.
BOTH IMAGES ABOVE:
(L-R) Cynthia Mee, Kirk Mee III, and Linda Mee
BELOW: The following four photos show the three Mee siblings; Kirk III is the oldest, Linda is the middle child, and Cynthia is the youngest.
Biographical Information about the three Mee siblings
If/when Linda provides biographical information, it will be added here. Also, see Recollections of Linda (Mee) Fawcett
Following a career that includes teaching ____ at ____ and earning her doctorate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Cynthia Mee became a member of the faculty at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois.
Subsequently, Dr. Mee authored "Young Adolescents' Perceptions and Curricular Implications" (National MIddle School Association, 1997). The introduction to her book includes the following background information:
"Cynthia S. Mee is a professor of education at National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois. A former teacher in diverse cultures in all grade levels, pre-K through college, Dr. Mee is an active leader in professional associations and in efforts to advance the middle school movement. Her particular areas of interest are early adolescent development, gender issues, and the media impact on gender identification of young adolescents."
Dr. Mee also authored "Middle School Voices on Gender Identity." Excerpts from this publication appear at the WEEA Digest, which was sponsored by the Women's Educational Equity Act.
Also, see Recollections of Cynthia Mee
Kirk Mee III
Born March 5, 1939 in Oxford, Ohio, Darrtown native, Kirk Mee III attended McGuffey High School (Oxford, Ohio) for three years, until it was consolidated into the Talawanda High School.
As a 1957 Talawanda graduate, Kirk was recognized as an all-around athlete, garnering honors as Male Athlete of the Year in 1956 and 1957. He lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
Kirk attended Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio) where he graduated cum laude, while lettering in football, basketball, and baseball.
Also see: Recollections of Kirk Mee III.
Kirk coached football at Defiance College (Ohio) and won the Mid-Ohio League Championship in 1966. He was named NAIA Ohio Coach of the year after a 9-0 record. Defiance went on the post the nation's longest winning streak.
Kirk Mee III
1982: Kirk became a member of the Defiance College (Ohio) Hall of Fame. Members of the 1982 class included:Mr. Martin A. Baumhower '63 / Mr. Blaine P. Dowler '43 / Mr. Obed H. May '20 / and Mr. Kirk Mee, III (Coach)
1991: The Wilmington College (Ohio) Hall of Fame welcomed Kirk into its membership with the following citation:
"The purpose of the Wilmington College Athletics Hall of Fame is to extend recognition to those persons who have contributed to the honor and fame of Wilmington College through their efforts in the field of intercollegiate athletics and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives those values learned through their participation."
Members of the 1991class included: E.H. "Cal" Zigler ‘27 / Howard "Chuck" Weimer ‘28 / Charles "Shifty" Bolen / Kenneth "Fuzzy" Weimer ‘31 / Fred Raizk ‘36 / C.W. "Jake" Van Schoyck ‘50 / Jack Harner ‘58 / R. Kirk Mee III ‘61 / Larry Clark ‘62 / Gary McCarthy ‘69 / Karl-Heinz Finkes ‘74 / and Rene Frey ‘81
2000: Kirk was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
2001: Kirk Mee was inducted into the Talawanda High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The following narrative and the image above accompanied Kirk's induction:
"Kirk Mee attended McGuffey High School for three years, where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. He enrolled at Talawanda High School when the school opened in the fall of 1956, where he was promptly elected co-captain of the school’s first football team. He kicked the extra point that brought the new high school its first win in any sports competition. He was a two way starter for this football team that won Talawanda its first league championship. He was a first team All League selection in football. Kirk also played basketball, baseball and ran track that first year at Talawanda and was selected as the outstanding athlete of his class.
Upon graduation from Talawanda, Kirk enrolled at Wilmington College where he participated in football, baseball and track. He was an All League selection in football, and was picked as the most valuable Wilmington player in both football and baseball. He is a member of the Wilmington College Athletic Hall of Fame.
At age 23, Kirk was named head football coach at Defiance College, making him the youngest head college coach in the nation. Kirk had an outstanding career at Defiance College, including an undefeated, un-tied team in 1966. For this accomplishment, he was named Small College Coach of the Year.
After several years as an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin, Kirk was appointed by the legendary Vince Lombardi to the staff of the Washington Redskins professional football team. There, he served twenty-four years under Lombardi, George Allen, Joe Gibbs, Jack Pardee and Norv Turner as an assistant coach and Director of Player Personnel. Kirk has three Super Bowl rings to show for his efforts with the Redskins.
Now retired, Kirk is a motivational speaker as well as a member of the Defiance College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Butler County Athletic Hall of Fame and the Indiana Athletic Hall of Fame."
"This blog is the real life experience of playing football in Serbia. My name is Nick, I am a WR/DB/KR and have recently become an "import" for the Kragujevac Wild Boars of the SAFS. Follow along
In 2009, Kirk participated in the promotion of football in Serbia.
The image at the right shows some of the persons who participated in the 2009 Serbian football promotion. Kirk is seen sitting at the left side of the table in front.
The following summary of that experience is taken from "American Football in Serbia…Life Abroad Playing the Game I Love."
as I take my game abroad and endure cultural changes along the way. The past couple of days I had the unique pleasure of hanging out with an ex-NCAA coach, ex-NFL player, and ex-NFL coach with 3 Super Bowl rings. These three visitors, Larry Kentera (ASU Def. Coordinator 1974-1979; NAU Head Coach 1985-1990). Gene Felker (Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers 1952), and Kirk Mee (Univ. of Wisconsin, Washington Redskins for 25 years & 3 Super Bowls) have been traveling around Serbia for the past week checking the progress of American football in the country."
Wilmington College / Kirk Mee Celebrity Golf Tournament
In 2009, Kirk sponsored the 13th annual Wilmington College / Kirk Mee Celebrity Golf Tournament at Snow Hill Country Club in New Vienna, Ohio.
The image at the left was taken during the 2008, 12th Annual Wilmington College / Kirk Mee Celebrity Golf Tournament and the participants included: In front, from left, are: Wilmington College Vice-President for Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics Terry Rupert; Kirk Mee; James Brooks; Wilmington College President, Dan DiBiasio; and Jim Breech. In back are former Bengals James "Ickey" Woods; Pete Johnson; Eric Kattus; Isaac Curtis; and Keith Rucker.
The Benefits of Winning!
ABOVE: Kirk meets President George H. W. Bush
RIGHT: Kirk celebrates with
Redskins coach Joe Gibbs
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