Murtha Cullina Remembers the Life of Martha Everett Meng
Remembering Martha Everett Meng:
Elizabeth J. Stewart, Managing Partner of Murtha Cullina LLP:
“We are saddened to announce that Murtha Cullina partner, Martha Everett Meng, passed away at her home in Madison, Connecticut over the weekend. Martha was a tremendous part of Murtha Cullina and her work touched the lives of so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Martha’s family and friends.”
March 1, 2012
MENG, MARTHA. Martha Everett Meng, 68, died unexpectedly at her home in Madison, CT on February 25, 2012.
Martha was born in Maine, but was reared in Westhampton, MA. She was a precocious child who read scripture at church services at the age of four. Martha skipped grades in the public schools she attended and graduated from high school at 16. She attended Smith College where she received her BA, magna cum laude, in 1968.
Martha spent most of her life in Connecticut. She studied French women’s literature at the Yale Graduate School.
In addition to her academic interests, Martha was a talented musician from childhood, and was a first-rate organist who played at church services in Greater New Haven. She was a long-time supporter of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where she also began jazz piano instruction.
While Martha was gifted both in the study and literature of music, the majority of her professional life was spent practicing law. Martha graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a degree of Juris Doctor with highest honors. She spent her entire professional career with the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP where she specialized in the area of health care law. She developed a national reputation for her knowledge in the areas of long-term care and assisted living law. She received the National Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators in 1991; she received the distinguished service award from the Connecticut Assisted Living Association in 2003; and in 2010 she was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of its Women in the Law High Achievers. Martha was also listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law.
She also served on the American Health Care Association legal committee.
In addition to her professional achievements, Martha was active in nonprofit activities in New Haven. She was also an avid gardener and Bridge player.
Martha Meng is survived by her son, Geoffrey Everett, a pediatric emergency room physician at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY and the family of her late husband, George Meng. She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Sarah Burt of Westhampton, MA and her elder son, David Everett of Pittsburgh, PA, and by her husband, George Meng.
Martha will be missed by her many friends, her family, her colleagues and many clients.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Connecticut Food Bank, the United Church of Christ offices in Cleveland, OH or to Jazz Haven, in New Haven. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., March 8, at The New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.