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Robert Meade Gardner

building contractor

Robert Meade Gardner was American building contractor. Named to Athletic Hall of Fame Ohio Wesleyan University; recipient Distinguished award Phi Gamma Delta, Medick award, Vision Center Center Ohio, Gillespie award Ohio Valley Tennis Association.


Gardner, Robert Meade was born on August 12, 1927 in Portsmouth, Ohio, United States. Son of David Edward and Mary Petrea (Gableman) Gardner.


Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1951.


Engineer J.A. Jones, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1944. Vice president D.E. Gardner Company, Columbus, Ohio, 1951-1955. President The Gardner Company, 1955-1992, chairman, 1993-1996.

Retired, 1996

Director Builders Exchange, Columbus, 1959-1960. Officer Young President' Organization Center Ohio, 1969-1979.


Member athletic board Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 1965-1996, alumni board, 1969-1996. Member Columbus Building Code Commission, 1974, World President Organization, Columbus, since 1980, chairman, 1995-1996. Officer Upper Arlington (Ohio) Booster Association, 1974.

President Vision Center Central Ohio, Columbus, 1981, Ohio Valley Tennis Association, 1977-1978. Board directors Jazz Arts Group, Columbus, 1989-1995, First Community Village, 1988-1998. Served with United States Navy, 1945-1946.

Member World President Organization (chapter chairman 1996), Scioto Country Club (board directors), Athletic Club, Racquet Club, Players Club.


Married Ruth Sieker, August 8, 1952. Children: Leslie, Robert Junior, Stephen, Lorianne.