Donald Robert Beaman

Donald Robert Beaman

Sunday, April 2nd, 1933 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Donald Robert Beaman passed away in Hood River, Oregon on Sept. 30, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 2, 1933 to Daniel R. and Frances L. (Hill) Beaman. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and served in the US Army Artillery Survey Section. He received a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgy and a Ph.D. in metallurgy and solid-state physics from the University of Illinois. In 1965 he went to work for The Dow Chemical Company in the Metallurgical Laboratory, transferring to the Analytical Sciences Laboratory in 1972. He was an internationally renowned specialist in the area of Microscopy and Surface Analysis. He assembled a world-class laboratory facility with 22 highly-qualified team members and state-of-the-art microanalysis capabilities at the atomic and molecular scale. His professional expertise and contributions led to numerous awards, inventions, 70+ publications, patents and scientific society

memberships. He retired as a Research Scientist in 1995 and moved to Heber City, Utah to ski every day of the season at Park City Mountain Resort. Bob began his skiing career with the National Ski Patrol serving 28 years at Bear, Thunder and Boyne Mountains. He spent 18 of those years as the Northern Michigan Region First Aid Advisor. He was a bicyclist, technical mountain climber, water and snow skier and an avid hiker - continuing to hike into his 80’s. His love for climbing began with the 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet, accumulating 5-6 per year during his summer trips from Michigan. Mountain climbing lead him to the top of many famous mountains (the Matterhorn, Eiger, Mont Blanc, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and Mount Fuji). The countless number of lesser-known mountains, as long as it was UP, allowed him to stay physically fit and find himself in the most beautiful places on earth. Over the years keeping up with him required training from his kids and friends who chose to join him for ski or climbing trips. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lynna (Bamberger), and his children, Judy Gooch, Doug Beaman (Michele), and Rana Beaman (Dane Backman). Bob encouraged his children to be active and his spirit lives on through their love of outdoor activities and their quest for excellence in their careers. This spirit extends to his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends and family will gather for a celebration of life on Wednesday 10/9 in White Salmon, Washington. A gathering will take place in Midland, Michigan in the spring, details will be provided at The family encourages you to visit the website to leave a note and share pictures. In lieu of flowers, friends may choose to send a donation to their favorite environmental, scientific, nutritional, outdoor, etc. charitable organization. He gave to them all and believed deeply in the spirit of donation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.

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Gathering will take place at Everybody's Brewing (177 E Jewett BLVD, White Salmon, Washington, 98672) from 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.


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Fam. Bancher

Posted at 05:21am
We sent to Lynna and her family our sincere condolences. Our whole family remembers him fondly during his holidays in San Martino di Castrozza (Italy) together with his wife. They came for many years in our apartment to spend few days in the mountains that they both loved so much.
Fam. Bancher

Michael Jacobs

Posted at 02:45pm
Bob lived an eventful and fruitful life, impacting many around him. It was a pleasure to know Bob as he and Lynna graciously invited me and family into their home, particularly for some Park City skiing -- Bob's bliss. My partner and I recently visited the Dolomites in Italy, encountering one of the mountains he climbed and recommended, Tre Cime. We hiked around it, but I have no doubt Bob went right up it. Beautiful place and fitting for his character. He will be missed.
Michael Jacobs

Rob Young

Posted at 10:01am
It was a great pleasure to know Bob all those years of ski patrolling at Boyne and days with him at Park City where you needed to get there early since he was always on the first chair in the morning. Always admired his endless energy and fabulous intellect.
A truly great man in many ways.
Rob and Diane Young

Larry Kish

Posted at 11:12am
Had the great pleasure of knowing Bob Beaman for more than 40 years. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him in numerous ways including his incredible energy level, terrific sense of humor, world-class intellect, dedication to the National Ski Patrol, accomplishments as a scientist, and love of his family. May God Rest Your Soul, Bob. We will miss you. Larry Kish

Tami Jacobs

Posted at 10:24am
"The first chair gets you the best snow". These were Bob's words to us early every morning throughout the many years he and Lynna hosted The Cousins ski vacation. A great time every time, each filled with wonderful memories! Oh, how he loved the Cherry Dump Cake!

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