July 2, 1930 ~ March 15, 2016
Richard J. Beckman
Richard J. (Dick) Beckman died suddenly Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. Dick was born July 2, 1930. He was the son of the late Clarence and Helen Schmidt Beckman.
A celebration of his life is planned for later this year on Martha’s Vineyard, MA
A native of Staten Island, NY, he attended Curtis High School, graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and received his Masters degree in geology from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Dick was drafted during the Korean War and served in the Army at Big Delta, AK as an instructor in Mountain Climbing and Arctic Survival. He never lost his awe for the mountains. He skied, hiked and scaled mountains in the national parks across the country.
In 1994, after retiring from USG Corporation in Chicago, Dick and Nan moved to Pinehurst. They belonged to Pinewild Country Club where Dick happily pursued another love – golf.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years – Nan Brown Beckman, sisters Joan Beckman Downing of Staten Island, NY, Jan Beckman Fisher of Southern Pines, NC and 13 wonderful nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Powell Funeral Home & Crematory of Southern Pines NC is serving the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com