Titanic Victim Edgar J. Meyer - Mining Engineer
Edgar J. Meyer was born Jan. 13. 1884, at San Francisco, and after a preliminary education in that city came to New York, where he continued his schooling preparatory to entering Cornell University.
At Cornell, he spent a year in the Academic Department, followed by four years in the School of Engineering, and received the degree of M.E. from that institution in 1905. He was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, in addition to his regular course.
He was keenly interested in research work and made a particular study of gas engines. The result of his work in this direction brought him particular praise, and some of the theories he evolved about the velocity of flame propagation of explosive mixtures were incorporated in the practices prescribed in engineering courses.
After graduating from Cornell with an honorable mention. Mr. Meyer entered the employ of the banking firm of Eugene Meyer. Jr. & Co., of New York, in which firm he subsequently became a partner to his brother who is the senior member.
This firm has been and still is represented on the boards of certain of the largest mining enterprises both here and abroad. These interests required Mr. Meyer to spend considerable time in the field. At the time of his death, he was vice-president and director of the Braden Copper Co. and was also active as an official of numerous other vital corporations.
In the business and mining world. Mr. Meyer will be remembered as a close and careful student of values. He applied his scientific training with a great degree of sagacity to the consideration of problems of the mining industry as well as finance in general, and his combined ability as an engineer and businessman was rapidly bringing him to the front.
Nlr. Meyer had especially close knowledge of the steel and copper business.
The statistical study and analysis which he made in 1909 of the development and operation of the United States Steel Corporation, created much favorable comment. His conclusions regarding the position of copper, drawn after a personal investigation in the important copper centers, were accepted as carrying much weight by those most vitally interested in the business, though at the time of his death he was but 28 years of age.
Aside from his duties as an active member of a banking firm, he found time to interest himself in various other channels, having patented several automobile appliances and is also a member of the Technical Committee of the Aero Club.
He met his death in the “Titanic” disaster, and in this catastrophe, he distinguished himself in his endeavor to save the lives of others.
According to the accounts of survivors, Mr. Meyer, after seeing his wife safe into one of the boats, remained and helped lower the last lifeboat of women and children that left the ship. Mr. Meyer was married in 1910 to Miss Leila Saks, daughter of the late Andrew Saks, who, with a little girl of one year survives him.