Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: When you started school in Cedar were you already planning to become a teacher?

A: No. I had driven a couple of Marine Corps officers to China Lake in the Mojave Desert where they were testing various kinds of weapons and airflow type of things and one of the officers talked to me about a platoon leaders’ class in the Marine Corps and a college education. I had observed over the period, of course, how much better officers lived than I lived as an enlisted man. I had made up my mind that I was going to get a degree. I really didn’t plan on getting out of the Marine Corps. I liked the Marine Corps. I liked the structure of it. Going to college, I had it in mind that I would like the law. The classes that I took for two years were directed at something that would prepare me to get in and finish law school. When we got ready to go back into education, I had spent some time with educators here in Moab as just close personal friends and had decided that I would like to do that. That’s when I went and talked to Mrs. Knight and she encouraged me to become a teacher. I’ve never been sorry for that choice. I wish I could have stayed in the classroom longer, but I couldn’t afford to.

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