Meredith died suddenly April 5, 2019, in Denver, Colo. She was born in Antibes, France, to Peter and Myriam Bower, and moved to the United States in 1979. 

After graduating from Choate Rosemary Hall, Meredith went on to Princeton, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing and a certificate in Italian language and literature. 

Meredith studied poetry with Pulitzer-Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa and Paul Muldoon. Her thesis, “The Tower,” was praised by faculty as a masterful work of poetry, written in a language as intensely private, personal, and powerful as she was. Meredith spent her entire life in the service of others and leaves a powerful, enduring legacy as a patient advocate and a compassionate citizen of the world.

Meredith is survived by her husband of 11 years, Newton Holt; sister Melanie Calu; her parents; and a multitude of grateful family, friends, and allies. In lieu of flowers and cards, please contribute $42, one dollar for each year of her life, to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (

Undergraduate Class of 1998