Nechemia Meyers, veteran journalist, dies at 79

Veteran Israeli-American journalist Nechemia Meyers, for decades associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science, has died after a long illness. He was 79. Meyers served as publications director and spokesman of the Rehovot-based university for 32 years until his retirement in 1995. He continued as a freelance journalist, writing articles on a wide variety of subjects for Jewish and general publications until just before his death. Meyers was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Los Angeles, California, before emigrating to Israel in 1951. He spent his first years at a kibbutz collective village, then worked for the Israeli Government Press Office. In 1962 he moved to Rehovot, a city of 100,000 south of Tel Aviv, to take up his position at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Meyers was buried in Rehovot on Wednesday. He is survived by his widow, Adeerah, a brother, Larry Meyers of Orange County, California, three children and seven grandchildren.