James E. Beverly

Contracts manager was a player and then an administrator in Maryland club lacrosse circles for three decades

October 01, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

James E. Beverly, a retired director of contracts and a former Maryland Lacrosse Club official, died of multiple system atrophy Sept. 19 at his Severna Park home. He was 74.

Mr. Beverly was born in Baltimore and raised in Federal Hill. He was a 1951 graduate of Southern High School, where he wrestled and played attack on the school's lacrosse team.

At the University of Baltimore, where he earned a degree in industrial management in 1956, Mr. Beverly continued wrestling and playing lacrosse.

After serving as a Marine Corps supply officer from 1956 to 1959, Mr. Beverly went to work for AAI Corp. in Cockeysville.

In 1967, he joined Chesapeake Instruments Corp. in Shadyside, which was taken over by Gould Government Systems Group in 1975 and relocated to Glen Burnie.

Mr. Beverly had been a contract manager and contract administrator. When he retired in 1991 from the company's new owner, Martin Marietta Corp., he was a vice president and director of contracts.

"Jim was always the consummate professional. He was cool under fire, would always come through with a balanced perspective and could always be counted on in times of need," said Steve Sawin, who had worked with Mr. Beverly at Gould from 1978 to 1988, and is now president of Operon Resource Management in Lowell, Mass.

After retiring, Mr. Beverly established a consulting business with Oceaneering Technologies Inc. in Upper Marlboro until 2006.

In addition to his professional life, Mr. Beverly remained a well-known figure in the Maryland club lacrosse circles as a player in the early years and later as an administrator for more than three decades.

He was a member of the old Baltimore Lacrosse Club, and after the group merged with the Maryland Lacrosse Club in 1964, he was named president.

Mr. Beverly played attack through the 1966 season for the Maryland Lacrosse Club before he joined the organization's board. He held various administrative roles, including serving as president for seven years.

"He was absolutely dedicated to the Maryland Lacrosse Club and he was determined for them to have a good image," said his wife of 26 years, the former Catherine Dorsey. " 'I want them to look as good as they play,' he once said to me."

Ed Stude, a former lacrosse player who is now a retired Towson businessman, was a longtime friend.

"Club lacrosse was a pretty big deal in the town during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and he was a big part of the scene until its demise some years ago. His dedication to club lacrosse was unbelievable," Mr. Stude recalled yesterday.

"There was nothing that Jim wouldn't do, from carrying water buckets to sitting on the board. He was a wonderful person," Mr. Stude said.

For years, the Maryland Lacrosse Club played its Sunday afternoon games at St. Paul's School.

Mitch Tullai, who was athletic director at St. Paul's from 1953 to 1978, officiated at many of the games.

"I remember one Sunday when the fields weren't lined and I called Jim. He said no problem, if I could find the equipment he'd line the field, and he did. He also made sure that the fields were cleaned up at the end of games. He felt that kind of responsibility," Mr. Tullai said.

"He was the personification of the nice guy - a gentle man who was a gentleman - who was respected by all," he said.

Arlie Marshall, a friend since the seventh grade who played lacrosse at Southern High School with Mr. Beverly, credited him with making the Maryland Lacrosse Club and club lacrosse a success.

"He made it a success until it ran out of gas and lost its luster. In everything Jim did, he did it the right way. And because he was extremely gentle with people, he was liked by all," Mr. Marshall said.

In addition to his work with the Maryland Lacrosse Club, Mr. Beverly ran Hero's Inc., a summer lacrosse league program for 18- to 23-year-olds, from 1965 to 1978.

Mr. Beverly was inducted into the Maryland Lacrosse Club Hall of Fame in 1985 and served as president of the United States Club Lacrosse Association in 1975.

He was also a member of the 1982 World Games Committee for the tournament that was held in Baltimore that year.

In a printed tribute at his 1995 retirement, the Maryland Lacrosse Club said that people such as Mr. Beverly are "rare," and that his "selflessness was often taken for granted."

Lamenting that for the first time in 35 years the organization would have to conduct business without his wisdom and energy, the tribute said it would "take the efforts of many to fill the shoes of such a dedicated person."

A longtime resident of Chartwell, Mr. Beverly enjoyed woodworking and photography. He was also an Orioles fan.

At Mr. Beverly's request, no services are planned.

Also surviving are two sisters, Ruth B. Ford of Pasadena and Frances B. Pietrogallo of Dundalk; and many nieces and nephews.

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