Meryl was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1953 and shortly thereafter relocated to San Diego, California.
She grew up loving the water and spent hours swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Meryl was an avid swimmer spending hours every week in the pool swimming many miles.
She traveled on her own to several countries while in high school. The purpose of those travels was to learn the language and to be immersed in many different cultures. She was fluent in several different languages including Russian. In her first year in college, she even went back and taught Russian to the students in her former high school.
During Meryl’s college years, she decided she wanted to become an airline captain, but she wasn’t satisfied with just being a pilot. Her goals were much higher. She achieved the goal of becoming a private pilot as well as a flight instructor, ground instructor, commercial and instrument-rated pilot. She also joined the Army and spent three years as an air traffic controller. While in the army she received her multi-engine and airline transport rating. The entire exciting story is told in the book, “The World at My Feet”. She did become an airline captain retiring as a captain on United Airlines Boeing 777.
Meryl not only wrote the award-winning book, “The World at My Feet” she created an audio version of the book as well.
During her career as an airline captain, Meryl created an audio series for people who were afraid to fly. She called the fear of flying CD’s, “Ground School for Passengers”. This program has helped many to overcome their fear. There are two hours of audio providing valuable information about sights, sensations, sounds and smells that you may experience while flying.
In 2007 Meryl had the misfortune of being diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. This was the beginning of her excruciating battle with cancer. In 2019 she wrote the book, “Cancer We are not Amused”. The book details how several doctors during the period of 2007 through 2010 did an inadequate job of diagnosing, treating and caring for her. You need to read Meryl’s book to make sure something like her experience never happens to you. The majority of her book details the last 340 days of her life after cancer metastasized to her brain and spread through different locations of her body. Meryl tells us what she was experiencing, feeling and thinking about during the last year of her life. She continued to interject her charm and wonderful sense of humor even while she was in pain and even knowing the end of her life was near. She was an extremely rare and brave individual.