On April 29th, Robert W. Beasman, devoted husband of Cynthia F. Beasman (née Baumann), passed away at the age of 87. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Bird and Anne Thomas, their spouses Paul and John, and four grandchildren, Reagan, John “Jack”, Andrew, and Catherine Claire “Cici”. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and John.
Robert graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1951. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956 and was stationed in Giessen Germany where he was assigned to the Intelligence Section (S1) of the 63rd Combat Engineering Battalion. After his service, he continued his undergraduate studies in engineering while employed at The Crown Cork & Seal Company. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1964.
In 1973 he was licensed as a Professional Engineer to practice engineering in the State of Maryland. He was later recognized as a Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) by the Association for Facilities Engineering. He was a lifetime member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and served as the Scholarship Chairman for the Maryland chapter. In 1985, he retired from Bethlehem Steel after 24 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was the Supervisor of Design and Drafting in the Plant Engineering Department at Bethlehem’s Plant at Sparrows Point. He joined the Staff of the Maryland State Health Department in 1986 as Chief of the Division of Engineering and Maintenance. When he retired, in 2004, he was the Director of the General Services Administration for the Health Department.
In addition to his professional roles, he also served in a variety of volunteer positions for St. Margaret’s Church. He joined the parish in 1973 and volunteered as a CCD and RCIA instructor, lector, Eucharist Minister, and as a member of the parish’s capital and maintenance planning team. His time as an instructor encouraged him to pursue his Master of Arts in Theology from Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary, which he obtained in 1987.
A gathering will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on May 12th in St. Margaret’s Church on North Hickory Avenue in Bel Air. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated immediately afterward at 11:00 a.m. Internment at Highview Memorial Gardens.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to one of Robert’s favorite charities (Kennedy Krieger Institute www.kennedykrieger.org or The Maryland School for the Blind www.marylandschoolfortheblind.org ) in his name.
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