Dr. Luther Clagett Beck, 87, gastroenterologistDr. Luther...

September 28, 1996

Dr. Luther Clagett Beck, 87, gastroenterologist

Dr. Luther Clagett Beck, a retired gastroenterologist who was a partner in Hawaii's Straub Clinic and Hospital, died Sept. 10 of an aneurysm at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Gibson Island resident was 87.

Dr. Beck moved to Hawaii in 1939 as a replacement physician on sugar and pineapple plantations.

In 1942, he became affiliated with Straub Clinic in Honolulu, where he practiced internal medicine until he retired in 1976. He then was a physician at Kwajalein Missile Base in the Marshall Islands, until he retired a second time in 1980. He moved to Gibson Island the next year.

Dr. Beck was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Lawrenceville School in 1927. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 from Princeton University and a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1935.

A lifelong sailing enthusiast who learned on the Chesapeake Bay, Dr. Beck was well known in Hawaii as a yachtsman. He was a commodore of the Kwajalein Yacht Club and the Royal Kahala High Tide Yacht Club and designed a small class of sailboats known as the Poi Pounder.

He was a past president of the Gibson Island Historical Society and a member of the John Paul Jones Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. Christopher by the Sea Episcopal Church on Gibson Island.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Virginia Coler; two sons, Nichols Coler Beck of Kauai, Hawaii, and Robert Clagett Beck, of Oahu, Hawaii; a daughter, Elizabeth Louise Clagett Beck of Boston; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William J. Burgess, 76, former state delegate

William J. Burgess, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a decorated World War II veteran, died at his Rosedale home Wednesday after battling heart problems for several years. He was 76.

Elected to the House in 1978, Mr. Burgess served through 1990 and ran unsuccessfully two years ago to regain his old seat.

Born and raised in Boston, Mr. Burgess served in the European and Pacific theaters during World War II as a tail gunner on B-29s, winning the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. He moved to Baltimore after the war and married the former Essie E. Perry in 1950.

For 33 years, he worked for the former Martin Marietta Co. company. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University night school.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Survivors include a son, William J. Burgess III of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Susan A. Hill and Natalie E. Jones, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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