Welcome to the Beasley Family Association's "Famous Beasleys" section devoted to honoring our kin who have achieved prominence in the field of education. Our section on educaton includes our kin in higher educational levels, or college, as well as those in state and local education. It also includes those who have been elected to educational offices, such as state and local school superintendents and boards of education.
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Ann Beasley is a graduate of Huntingdon College, Ala. She received her M.Ed. from Western Maryland College. She is now a teacher in the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Technologies at Washington, DC.
Blair E. Beasley served as a Professor of Theater at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC for several years. He was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2001.
Dr. Clark W. Beasley is a Professor of Biology in the Dept. of Biology of McMurry University, Abilene, Tx.
Claude Michael Beasley is an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph. D. from Colorado State University.
David Beach Beasley is a Professor in the Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. David received his BS and MS degrees from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D in agricultural engineering from Purdue Univ. in 1977.
He served as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State from 1971-1973. He was a graduate research instructor at Purdue 1973-1977; as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas; assistant professor at Purdue, 1978-1984 and Associate Professor there, 1984 - 1988. He was named Professor and Department Head, of the University of Georgia's Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton, Ga., 1988-1991. He became Professor and Department Head of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Dept. at the North Carolina State University in 1991 and headed the department until 1999. He is currently a Professor in the department.
David is a member of the Society for Engineering in Agriculture, Food and Biological Systems, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the World Association for Soil and Water Conservation. He is also a member of six fraternities. His fields of discipline - expertise - include water quality monitoring and water quality modeling. His research activities include water quality problems associated with animal waste and problem solving for water quality and water resources.
Donald Erwin Beasley is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University, South Carolina.
Edward Evans Beasley is a Professor at Gallaudet University's College of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Technologies. Edward received his BS from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
George Beasley is a Professor of Sculpture at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Oh. and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He joined the School of Art and Design faculty of Georgia State in 1970. He has varied duties as both a teacher and as head of the sculture area and is the school's graduate advisor. He teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate sculpture.
Dr. Jane Beasley Raph was born 31 May 1917 in Detroit, Mi., a daughter of Johnson Tucker Beasley and Elizabeth Margaret Bremser. She attended Bowling Green State University where she graduated in 1940. She then received a masters from the Univ. of Michigan in 1945 and her doctorate in education in 1955 from Columbia University's Teachers College, New York.
Jane was a speech clinician in public schools of Grosse Point, Mi. from 1936 to 1944. She then became a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan from 1946-1948; clinical instructor at Ohio University, 1949-1950, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, 1951-1953 where she worked with Ollie Backus. She served as a research associate during her doctoral program at Columbia.
Jane was named Professor at Rutgers University in 1957 and a research associate in the Dept. of Psychiatry at New York University's School of Medicine from 1963-1966.
She became a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association in 1963. She has published several articles on speech therapy and was aided Ollie Backus with the book Speech Therapy With Children published by Houghton Mifflin, 1951. She also published Slow to Talk while at Columbia in 1956.
Jane spent a long and distinguished career as a professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey before taking a professorial position at Arizona State University in 1977. She continued to live in Arizona after her retirement.
Jane married Theodore A. Raph in Dec 1957. Jane died 4 Sep 2000 in Tempe, Az.
Dr. Jeffrey S. ("Jeff") Beasley is an Associate Professor of engineering at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. He received his PhD from New Mexico State and is currently teaching in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the university.
John P. Beasley Jr. is a Professor in the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Crop & Soil Sciences Dept., University of Georgia Extension, Tifton, Ga. John is a Professor and Extension Peanut Agronomist. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1985.
John S. Beasley II served as Professor of Law and Associate Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1962-1971. He was named Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Development and later became vice chancellor emeritus. An expanded admissions office suite was named in his honor.
John is a 1954 graduate of Vanderbilt. He then served in the US Naval Reserve from 1954-1957, when he returned to the school as executive secretary of the Alumni Association. The "John S. Beasley II Scholarship" was established to honor his service to the university.
Leroy B. Beasley is a Professor of Mathematics at Utah State University, Logan, Ut.
Malcolm R. Beasley is a Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering with the Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Ca. He is the "Theodore and Sydney Rosenberg Professor of Applied Physics" at the school. He is a past Dean of the School of Humanities and Scienes.
Malcolm received his BEP from Cornell University, New York and his PhD from there in 1968. He served as a Research Fellow at Harvard Univ. 1967-1969. He was an Assistant Professor 1969-1973; Associate Professor 1973-1974. He was named Chairman of the Department at Stanford from 1985-1989.
He is a member of the National Academy of Science; a Fellow of the American Physical Society; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Maurine H. Beasley is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She is a former writer for the Washington Post (Washington, DC) and Kansas City Star newspapers. She became the first woman professor in Maryland's School of Journalism.
Maurine won the 1999 "Founders Distinguished Senior Scholar Award" presented by the American Association of University Women; the award included a $1,000 prize. She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that year that took her to Jinan University in Guangzhou, China during the spring 2000 semester.
"She became the first woman to be tenured here," wrote Reese Cleghorn, dean of the College of Journalism, in nominating Dr. Beasley, "and she was the first woman to become a full professor on a faculty of 21 that is now more than a third female. I am pleased that this award stresses teaching excellence as well as scholarship and service. Dr. Beasley is truly a caring and dedicated teacher, nominated by her students and former student for honors on a number of occasions."
Dr. Michael Beasley is a Professor of Astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria Provice, Australia.
He and scientists in California and Germany have worked to unlock the secrets of the Universe by measuring for the first time, the age of ancient star clusters outside our own Milky Way Galaxy. These globular clusters are among the oldest known objects in the universe and are part of a giant elliptical galaxy known as NGC1399.
Using the world's largest telescope, the Keck telescope in Hawaii, Michael and Professor Forbes, his Swinburne colleague and team have made a breakthrough in age-dating the stars in these clusters. Prior to their discovery, most astronomers thought these clusters would be as old as the clusters in our own galaxy. The clusters are 50 million light years from us. As it turned out, some clusters were found to be about 11 billion years old, like those in our system. However, the team discovered clusters that were only two billion years old and some which were younger than that..."young" by Universal aging.
Dr. R. Palmer Beasley, M.D became Dean of the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, Houston, Tx. in 1987. He is also a Professor of Epidemiology.
Palmer received his bachelor's from Dartmouth College in 1958 and his medical degree from Harvard University Medical School in 1962. He earned a master's degree in preventive medicine from the University of Washington in 1969.
Palmer came to the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health from the University of California, where he headed the Division of AIDS Epidemiology. Along with his administrative role as dean, he serves as professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, where he also is holder of the Allan C. King Professorship in Public Health. He also holds a faculty appointment at the UT-Houston Medical School.
He is director of the American University Medical Center in Taiwan, where he did extensive research on Hepatitis B and Hepatocellular carcinoma during the 14 years he lived and worked in Taipei. He is a founding member of the International Task Force on Hepatitis B. As a result of the task force's work, WHO has included the vaccine developed as the 7th vaccine in the Expanded Program on Immunization. Palmer has served as consultant in many countries for the United Nation's World Health Organization and worked with the International Agency for Research on cancer in Leon, France, a sub-division of WHO.
Included among the many awards and honors Palmer has received are the prestigious King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1985 and the GM International Mott Prize for Research on Cancer,1987. In 2000, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Queen of Thailand, presented the Prince Mahidol Awards for 1999 to Palmer, Dr. A. O. Lucas and Dr. Tore Godal. These distinguished physicians were chosen for their devotion in helping society and for improving the world at large. It is one of the most prestigious awards made by Thailand. The annual prize, awarded by the Prince Mahidol Foundation on the recommendation of an international panel of experts, is a tremendous honor for Beasley, said Dr. M. David Low, president of UT-Houston. "Few, if any, medical professionals in the world have done more to prevent cancer than Palmer Beasley," Low said.
Dr. Richard Beasley is Professor of Medicine at the Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand.
Dr. Robert W. Beasley is Professor of Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY. His specialty is plastic surgery. Robert received his MD from the University of Tennessee in 1955. He served in the US Army 1957-1959. He is board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery.
Dr. Ryan K. Beasley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas. He received his BA in 1987 from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in 1996 from Ohio State University. He minored in political psychology. His major areas of specialization is foreign policy and US security in the developing world.
He began teaching as a graduate associate while at Ohio State. He then served from 1994-1999 as Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Kansas. H was Director of the International Studies Co-Major at Kansas, 1997-1999. He served as Adjunct Professor of political science at Baker in 1997. He has been an assistant professor at Baker since 1999.
Dr. Val Beasley is Professor of Toxicology in the School of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. He heads up the " Envirovet Summer Institute" program of the school.
Jonas Siegel said of Val: "In the constantly changing natural world, human beings can make a difference. Because he believes this, Dr. Val Beasley, professor of toxicology in veterinary biosciences, not only conducts research into the effects of natural and manmade environmental contaminants on amphibians, flamingos and marine mammals but he also sees to it that new generations of veterinary scientists find ways to make positive contributions to pressing ecological issues."
Dr. Vanessa B. Beasley is a Assistant Professor of speech communication at Texas A&M University, College Station, Tx. Vanessa earned her BA at Vanderbilt University in 1988, her MA in 1991 and Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1996. She is affiliated with the Program in Presidential Rhetoric and her expertise is debate.
Vanessa became a Visiting Assistant Professor at A&M from 1995-1998 and Assistant Professor since 1998.
Dr. T. Wayne Beasley is a Professor of Modern Britain at Murray State University, Murray, Ky. Wayne earned his PhD from the University of Georgia. Although his specialty is modern Britain, he also teaches courses in ancient history, world civilizations before and since 1500 and others.
Dr. William H. Beasley is Professor of Meteorology in the College of Geosciences of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Ok. William earned his BS in 1967, his MS in 1969 from Rice University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Dallas, in 1974.
William's interest is atmospheric electrodynamics and in particular, the phenomena and physics of lightning. His principal research contributions have been in characterization of electromagnetic fields and optical emissions of cloud-to-ground lightning flashes. He is also interested in other cal emissions of cloud-to-ground lightning flashes and in other electromagnetic and optical phenomena associated with thunderstorms, such as X-ray emissions, sprites and "green thunderstorms."
His contributions to educational activities include creation of a radio series known as "WeatherWhys" and the organization of and participation in summer youth academies and teacher institutes in the College of Geosciences. He has been involved in three National Science Foundation grants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates.
Before coming to OU, William served as Associate Program Director, then as Program Manager, in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the National Science Foundation. He served briefly as a Senior Staff Officer for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council. When he came to OU in 1989, he served as Deputy Director for Operations of the CAPS. He served as Director of the School of Meteorology from 1991-96 and initiated an external advisory board for the SOM in 1994. Currently he serves as chairman of the AMS Scientific and Technical Affairs Committee on Atmospheric Electricity and on the American Geophysical Union's Committee on Education and Human Resources.