A Wake for
"I can still recall" he said to
me recently, "How you came downstairs and crawled into bed and
curled up with me. I was emotionally shaken by the lack of shyness
by this young boy I barely knew. You won my heart that day."
Morten Christian Meilgaard was
born on Fyn,
in 1928. His younger siblings, Ida, Jørgen and Erik, followed in
short succession. As their father, Anton Meilgaard, was a country
doctor, they were brought up in a rural mileau in Morud. Their
school was a considerable distance away, and during some winters,
they would ski to pursue their education.
During his work and travels in England, he met Manon Meadows. They fell in love and remained married for almost fifty years, until her death in 2007.
Justin Meilgaard, Morten's and
Manon's son, was born in England, 1966.
In 1973, Morten was hired by Peter Stroh of the Stroh Brewery, Detroit, where he worked as Peter's right hand man until the Brewery was acquired by the Miller Brewing company in 1999, at which point Morten retired.
Even after retirement, he continued to be active in his profession for many years, doing consulting jobs for the Danish Government, working with his co-editors on a revised edition of his book, and donating his extensive collection of brewing literature to Wayne State University.
In 2008 Morten returned to Denmark & Sweden to visit family and revisit the important sites of his childhood and early adulthood.
Morten is survived by His younger brothers and sister, Jorgen, Erik and Ida and his sons, Justin Meilgaard and myself.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.