John M. Beale ’35 died on July 27, 2010, at his home in Auburn, Maine.
He was born in Eastport on May 26, 1914, and prepared for college at Shead Memorial High School, where he was valedictorian of his class, and Hebron Academy. He was captain of the Bowdoin swim team and a member of Zeta Psi fraternity.
He spent his entire career working for the newly established Social Security Administration, briefly in the Portland and Bangor offices, then as district manager in Lewiston, a position he held until his retirement in 1973. He was a former member of the Central Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees. In 1974, he was chairman of the highly successful Central Maine General Hospital-St. Mary’s Joint Hospital Fund Campaign, for which he was recognized by the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime volunteer for the United Way and served several terms as a trustee of the Auburn Public Library. He was a member of the Bowdoin Club of Androscoggin County, serving in a variety of capacities, including president. He continued his interest in competitive swimming after college and was coach of the Edward Little High School swim team from 1944 to 1962. In retirement, he enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, including vegetable gardening and working in his woodlot and at Prince Farm Orchard in Turner. He is survived by three sons, Stephen P. Beale ’64, Thomas J. Beale, and Michael J. Beale; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased in 2008 by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Welch Beale, and in 1994 by a son, James W. Beale.