Marion E. Zealey (DECATUR, Ga.)

DECATUR, Ga. - Dr. Marion E. Zealey, Ph.D. was born on March 26, 1913 in Augusta, Georgia, son of Marion Zealey and Allie Harris Zealey. His early education was received in schools established by the Methodist Church. Because of his excellent grades in high school, he was accepted into Paine College, Augusta, Georgia when he was a junior in high school. He majored in Chemistry and graduated summa cum laude with the highest grade point average ever attained at Paine College. His record stood for another twenty years. He graduated from Paine College in 1934 and then attained a Masters of Science from Atlanta University, Masters in 1940. He was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Jenkins County Training School, Millen, Georgia from 1935 to 1936. Dr. Zealey was Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama from 1936 to 1943 and Dean of Instruction at Miles College from 1939 to 1943. He then returned to his alma mater as a Professor of Chemistry at Paine College from 1943 to 1944. Dr. Zealey then accepted a position as Instructor then Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee 1944-1959. He undertook doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and obtained his Ph.D. in 1960. Following graduation, Dr. Zealey was appointed Biochemist at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1961 to 1963. In 1962, Dr. Zealey lost his beloved wife, Freddie Ward Zealey, to cancer. Although devastated, he returned to Nashville in 1964 with his four small children and devoted himself to his teaching as a Professor of Microbiology and Professor of Biochemistry at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee from 1965 until his retirement in 1981. He was also an Adjunct Professor and taught Biology in the summer program at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee for nearly a decade. Dr. Marion E. Zealey passed away Wednesday, February 6th at the age of 94 last week at his home in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Zealey was gifted with intellect, oration, courage and compassion. A loving father, grandfather and friend, he was an inspiration to his family and students. Dr. Zealey is survived by his children, Rolando Zealey Adams (Lt. Col. Jack Adams), Gilbreath Zealey (Maggie Zealey), Earline Zealey Inniss (Charles Inniss, MD), Regina Zealey Williams (Kenneth Williams, MD) and Sharon Janine Zealey (Huiling Chen); thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Cremation Society of Georgia, (404) 355-7627. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-February 12, 2008