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Beach, Mary (1926-2007) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Beach, Mary (1926-2007)

Historical Note:

Mary Virginia Finney-Tams-Beach married George R. Beach, Jr. in 1973. The couple lived together in Lake Forest, Ill., and them Becova, Va., until George's death in 1990.  After that Mary lived for a while at Becova and then at Hot Springs and at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

She was born in Emporia, Kansas, and grew up in Santa Monica, California, then graduating from Pomona College.  Married to James R. Tams, she lived successively at Houston, Kansas City, and finally at Wilmette, IL, and raised two daughters.

In 1973 she met and married Beach and these narratives chronicle the busiest early years of their marriage, and later they divided their time between Virginia and Lake Forest, moving from their home on Spring Lane to a condominium on North Western Ave.  Mary continued her spouse's interest in Lake Forest College and after George's death and her giving up the apartment locally transferred many of his book collections to the College library.

Sources: Obituary in the Sun-Sentinal (Broward County, Fla.), April 14, 2007 <http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2007-04-14/news/0704130528_1_pomona-college-daughters-family>

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