Melvin Platt has been a Rotarian since 1992. He has served on many club committees, the Board of Directors for two terms, and as president of the Rotary Club of Columbia. During his presidential year, his club won the Presidential Citation. That same year, his club and the other Rotary clubs in Columbia contributed funds for a Rotary grant that supported 90 plastic surgeries in Jalna, India. During January 2015, he led a Group Study Exchange Team from District 6080 to a Rotary district in west central India. During his time there, he participated in a National Polio Inoculation Day. He has served as a member of District Scholarship Committee since 1993 and as its chair from 2006 to 2016.
He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor and Bequest Society member. His club honored him in 2010 as recipient of the Tom Botts 4-Way Test Award, the highest award given by his club. He completed the Rotary course in District Leadership Academy in May 2016. In October 2016, he was awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service by Rotary International. He and his wife Mary have attended Rotary International Conventions in New Orleans, Sidney, Seoul, and Atlanta.
Melvin recently retired after 47 years of teaching and administrative service in higher education. He taught at the Catholic University of America, Kent State University, University of Oklahoma, and most recently at the University of Missouri where he served as Director of the School of Music for 17 years and as Chair of the Department of Art for 6 years.
He holds a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and the doctorate in music from the University of Michigan.