Remembering Megan Charlop

Friday, April 09, 2010

She was the quintessential community organizer and beloved in her community. On March 17th, Megan Charlop died under the wheel of a city bus after swerving on her bicycle to avoid getting doored. David Appel, director of the Montefiore School Health Program and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at the Montefiore Medical Center, talks about her life as a community leader and her work as an advocate for children and public health.

Event: A group bike ride in Megan Charlop's honor takes place tomorrow, April 10th at 1pm. Meeting point is in front of the Valentine-Varian House in Bainbridge Oval Park. The ghost bike dedication will take place at 1:45pm tomorrow at East Tremont and Crotona Avenues. For more information contact

Comments [6]

Catherine Twine from Chesapeake, Virginia


Thank you for recognizing my God mother Megan. Not only did she serve as an advocate in the community but she served as a role model for how to be a great: mom, student, activist, friend, woman, human being, teacher... the list goes on and on. There was nothing fake about her. She was so courageous. She will be truly missed.

Aug. 04 2013 04:56 PM
Mary Lou Lachman


Thank you for taking the time on your April 9th program to remember my dear friend, Meg Charlop. She truly was a one-of-a-kind person who took on any issue that she felt she could help with or make better. What a tragedy to lose her so suddenly as she had so much more to offer to so many.

Apr. 11 2010 12:02 AM
Gary Bates from New York

Interesting point Jane. Let me see if I get this straight, are you asserting that it would be better for children to drink artificially sweetened milk (sugar added) than 1% milk? On what authority do you make this claim? I'm sure Dr. Appel would be interested in your medical data.

Apr. 09 2010 02:02 PM

bike riding in the city is scary. in europe the riders are protected with a raised curb

Apr. 09 2010 11:59 AM

With all due respect to Megan, 1% milk causes hormonal disruption, and should not be given to children, especially girls

Apr. 09 2010 11:58 AM
SJ Avery

As an old friend of Meg’s, I’m sure she would have rejected the “Mother Theresa” image – one of her many talents, and legacies, was active engagement and organizing against situations (environmental, social, political) that were detrimental to the communities she cared about. She did far more that serve those who were oppressed – she actively organized against oppression.

Apr. 09 2010 11:36 AM

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