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Beach, George R. (George Raimes), Jr. (ca. 1903-1990) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Beach, George R. (George Raimes), Jr. (ca. 1903-1990)
Variant Name: Beach, George


Historical Note:

George Raimes Beach, Jr. was the son of the Montclair attorney, entrepreneur and corporate official George Raimes Beach (b. 1875) originally from Jersey City, N.J. and profiled in Who's Who in Commerce and Industry. Beach, Sr., married Lucy McBride on April 30, 1901, and George, Jr., was the first of two children, the other was Katherine L.  George Jr. was a 1926 graduate of Princeton University.  He made his career in chemicals, with Dupont, and retired in 1965 having been Midwest regional manager of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. electrochemicals division.

Mr. Beach lived in Lake Forest for many years, served as an alderman, a term as mayor from 1960 to 1963, and was also a trustee of Lake Forest College acting as board chair from 1971 to 1974.

Between the time of his retirement in 1965 and 1980 he traveled extensively and wrote, for private distribution to his friends, several travel narratives. His later writings after 1975 also featured his second spouse, Mary, who sometimes did the writing in the early 1970s. He also had a home -- Charduar -- in western Virginia, at Bacova (zip 24412), not far from Hot Springs, where he died, having given up by then his Lake Forest house.

These George and Mary Beach travel memoirs or narratives reflect the era of elite jet air travel from the late 1950s to ca. 1980--when extensive global travel was a luxury and before 9/11 with its the chilling effect of increased security and protection measures. Beach also chronicled in detail the statistics of his travels since birth, or nearly, through 1975, in the earlier of his two narratives that year.  This aspect adds to the overall interest instilled in this group of narratives.  For more information, see the list of local such narratives in the "related materials" section of the description of Bruce Thorne's memoir in this series of finding aids.

Sources:

Who's Who in Commerce and Industry, 10th interrnational ed. Chicago: Marquis, 1957, 75.

Chicago Tribune obituary, August 28, 1990

Note Author: Biographical Sources compiled by,  Arthur H. Miller Archivist of Lake Forest College Library





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