Charles J. Beatty, 70, UM professor and dean

September 13, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Charles J. Beatty, a retired professor of industrial education and associate dean at the University of Maryland, College Park who could take out a penknife and fix things, died Thursday of brain cancer at Casey House, Montgomery County Hospice. He was 70 and had lived in Ellicott City.

Dr. Beatty retired in 1999 but had continued to work part time in the office of the dean, coordinating commencements including graduation ceremonies for the College of Education in May - a month before a seizure that first signaled his illness. Until 1999 he had handled the university-wide commencement for more than 10 years.

Born in Iron Mountain on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Dr. Beatty, who was known as Chuck, earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in 1959, a master's degree from Michigan State University in 1963, and a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1967.

Dr. Beatty taught at Ohio State, after first teaching at public high schools in Michigan - from rural schools, where he taught many subjects, to Detroit, where he taught industrial education.

At Ohio State in 1964, Dr. Beatty met his future wife, Mary Ann Miller, who was working toward her master's degree in student counseling. She later earned her doctorate in that field at College Park. She retired in March as dean of students at Montgomery College in Rockville. The couple were married 38 years.

Dr. Beatty came to College Park in 1966 as a professor and later was acting chairman of the Department of Industrial, Technological and Industrial Education. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award in his later years. He was associate dean for student affairs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 1994 to 1999.

Dr. Beatty taught 16 courses, some which he developed, and advised both graduate and undergraduate students. He led programs on teacher education, headed scholarship committees, and advised the Native American and other student organizations. He served on the President's Commission for Ethnic Minority Issues and the College Park Scholars Program.

He helped to set up exchange programs in industrial education, teaching in Greece and Japan, and helped establish University of Maryland's University College in Munich, Germany, his wife said.

In addition to his published articles, Dr. Beatty obtained and coordinated numerous research grants. He was honored for courses and workshops throughout the state, receiving awards from Montgomery and Prince George's county schools and the State Board of Education.

He belonged to professional organizations, many related to technical education, including Phi Delta Kappa, Epsilon Pi Tau and Iota Lambda Sigma, of which he was a former national president; he was the organization's local president at the time of his death. He was active in the Technical Education Association of Maryland, the Maryland Association for Special Needs Personnel, and the International Technical Education Association, which awarded him its National Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Beatty liked to build and fix things, his wife said. "He didn't care if he was a professor and associate dean: If something needed repair, he'd go get his tools and fix it. If you were waiting for repairs, he'd take out his penknife or whatever he had and fix it."

He served as a eucharistic minister at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Beltsville, at Resurrection Church in Silver Spring and St. Alphonsus Rodriguez in Woodstock. He chaired the Tootsie Roll Drive for the Knights of Columbus for many years and worked with the Burtonsville Health Fair, Christmas in April, the Boy Scouts of America and the Prince George's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities.

A private family service will be held in Iron Mountain later this month. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel in College Park.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dr. Charles J. Beatty Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Colleen Dooley of Denver and Clare Dooley of Billings, Mont.; a sister, Mary Ann Smith of Dallas; a brother, Thomas Beatty of Iron Mountain; and a granddaughter.

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