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September 25, 2008
Ralph and I met briefly in December 1955 as we were preparing to ship out at Ft. Lewis, WA. Ralph was hoping to play for the base team but was getting nowhere with the sergeant doing the processing. "How good would I have to be to play?" Ralph asked. "Maybe like Ralph Beard," was the reply. "I am Ralph Beard," Ralph said. Unfortunately, that wasn't good enough and we shipped out on Christmas eve. Ralph did make the Camp Zama team in Japan however. A great guy and basketball player.
December 31, 2007
Old friend, it seems like yesterday when we were hanging out at William's Drug Store on Main St. in Lexington. He gave you chewing gum and you guys would turn me upside down and shake the money from my pockets. I was riding horses for Mr. Doug Davis at High Hope Farms.
That was in 1948.
December 25, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss.

State Rep. & Mrs. C. B. Embry, Jr.
December 23, 2007
Betty,
I am so sorry for your loss. You two were a special couple and I know you will miss him.
Fondly,
Doris Detlefs
December 21, 2007
MAY THE BEARD FAMILY RECIEVE MY UTMOST CONDOLENCES AND LET GOD'S BLESSINGS BE POURED OUT UPON HIS FAMILY.ANONYMOUS.
December 21, 2007
Mr Beard sat in front of me at Male High School, A great man to know
December 13, 2007
December 12, 2007
My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Beard family. I had the priviledge of getting to know Ralph very well, and without question, he is one of the classiest people I have ever met. They broke the mold with Ralph. Scotty, your entire family is in my prayers.
December 12, 2007
MY SYMPATHY TO FAMILY, AS I WAS A MONTANA BOY AND RALPH'S TEAMMATE AT CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN IN 1955-56.A BETTER FRIEND I NEVER MET.YES HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING PLAYER AS WELL AS A CITZEN. jackieglennie@comcast.net
December 12, 2007
TO THE BEARD FAMILY MY UTMOST CONDOLENCES AND SYMPATHY IN THIS SAD TIME. MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THESE SAD DAYS,

MAY THE MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES HELP COMFORT YOU AS THE DAYS PASS BY. ANONYMOUS.
December 11, 2007
he was one of the greatest players ever lived sorry to see him die.
December 11, 2007
One cannot be a true UK fan and not feel this loss. Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
December 10, 2007
As a young boy in Kentucky Ralph was my hero. I wore his number when I played for Berea High in the 50's. He remains my hero as I turn 75 years of age. Goodby hero.
December 10, 2007
This guy had game, no drugs or steroids just pure as the driven snow talent. Hardly have them like that anymore in any sport the buzzer has sounded he has won his greatest game of all time rest in peace MR. Beard.
December 07, 2007
Mr. Beard make our world a better place, he will be missed. May strength be with you all. Charlie Baxter P.R.P. High School
December 07, 2007
To Jill and rest of family...I have
always been impressed with your humbleness..."Peace be still"
With Sympathy,

Jim Dizney
December 06, 2007
I myself never had the opportunity to know Ralph or his family on a personal basis, but Ralph may have loved his Male H. S. and I as a Dupont Manual Grad, watched him in Basketball at UK and his life in the news thereafter, always knowing this man made history in Basketball prowess and in life. His family should be very proud of him as should the entire State of Kentucky.
December 06, 2007
My thoughts and prayer and with the family. I am a graduate of Male High School and went to UK as well.
December 05, 2007
They say that Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln best represented the 'spirit of Kentucky'.

(One was a pretty good shot.......and the other tall & rangy.)

But, to those of us who ever saw him in action...Rapid Ralph Beard was purely 'magic'.

And Kentucky has a right to be proud!
December 05, 2007
This is on behalf of my father William Dowell. He always talked about how good of friends he was with Ralph when they were growing up in Hardinsburg. My father is now in a nursing home in Toledo, Ohio with Alzheimers, but when I took him the article about Ralph's death, he certainly remembered him and was very sad. He talked about their childhood as if it was yesterday, his memory for the past fully intact. He just sadly shook his head and said "I just can't believe it". My dad said "I remember the store his momma and daddy had-they made the most beautiful robes and dresses in the world" and he said "he was the best basketball player you would have ever wanted to see" We send our condolences to his family.
Sincerely,
Jeannine Reilly
(daughter of William Dowell)
December 05, 2007
December 05, 2007
I am 73 years of age and can't remember basketball before Ralph Beard! He was one of the greatest.
December 05, 2007
I as a lifetime Wildcat fan am truly sad that I didn't know of your story before you left us. I think your story gives everyone hope when things seem very hard. You never quit even when the very thing you loved the most was taken from you. I hope you get to check into the game with Rupp one more time when you finally are home. You'll always be in every Wildcats heart. God Bless you and your family.
December 04, 2007
What an inspiration you are to many
of us that loved Ky. basketball. I
have mentioned your name often in talking to high school kids here in California. Your set shots were outstanding. You and Bob Cousy were
my idols.
Heavens gain, Kentucky's lost!
December 04, 2007
I had met Mr. Beard on several occasions. As a Kentucky fan, I hoped to have his autograph one day but did not want to bother him by asking. Finally, I decided to ask him to sign something for me. I apologized to him and told him I did not want to bother him. He laughed and graciously signed my paper for me. I am thankful that I finally mustered up the courage to ask him for this, not because of his great talent but because I will always remember his kindness. He will be missed.
December 04, 2007
It was a true pleasure and honor to have met you once. God bless the entire Beard family. Rest in peace Mr. Beard.
December 04, 2007
As sports editor of The Orlando Sentinel in the early 70's, I had dinner with Ralph and Bettye Beard while in Louisville for the Derby. It was the most poignant interview in a quarter-century of writing and the only time this interviewer ever shed tears. Ralph was a fabulous basketball player though small. He was a giant in character.
December 04, 2007
As a freshman at Ashland Junior College in 1948-49, I went to UK to visit my sister, Jo Harris, and was able to buy a ticket for the last game the Fabulous Five played in old Alumni Gym. To me, Ralph Beard was one of the Seven Wonders of the World! He has now entered another Hall of Fame - Big Blue Heaven!
Irene Harris McCracken, UK 1952
December 04, 2007
I never saw Ralph play, however, I have read of his passion for the game and his skills. Rest in peace noble warrior...Thanks for all you did
December 04, 2007
I waited on Mr. Beard for a few years at the bank in Camelot. He was a kind and gracious man who I looked forward to seeing each week.

May God Bless your family in this time. It was a pleasure to know Ralph.
December 04, 2007
You were a class act and all Wildcats will miss you!
December 04, 2007
It was an honor to meet Mr. Beard. He had so much love for the game and for all of the commonwealth. Everytime I saw Ralph he always carried a smile. You will truly be missed and we are all better people for knowing him. God Bless the Beard family.
December 04, 2007
The Family, My love of UK basketball dates to 1948 and Ralph. May God be with you.
December 04, 2007
God bless you Mr. Beard. It was an honor to play with you at Westport High all of those Sundays! A life well lived, a great wife and happy children. You leave all of us in the Commonwealth better for having known you.
December 04, 2007
To the Beard Family, The University Athletics Association has always and will always be proud of Ralph Beard. Cliff Hagan, U.K.Athletic Director, Retired
December 04, 2007
He will live forever in the hearts of Wildcat fans.
December 04, 2007
I only knew him briefly, but, he was a wonderful man and very open with a warm personality. You could not help but like him.
December 04, 2007
I met Mr. Beard a few years ago and had him to sign the back of a business card. He was a joy to meet. I am so grateful for the blessing of meeting him. My prayers to the family. We lost one our Wildact family but he will live in our hearts forever.
December 04, 2007
thanks for allowing us to share in the lives of Susie, Pop Monie and Ralph. peace be with you
December 04, 2007
what a life! what a story! R.I.P. MR beard
December 04, 2007
As an adult, my father, Pete Doll, was a friend of Ralph Beard. They shared many good moments together. As a young man, I knew Ralph Beard as a "celebrity", but in the best sense of the term. As an adult I met him numerous times, and to his credit he was always as genuine, pleasant, and admirable as a fellow could be.

My best to the Beard family.

Respectfully,
Bill Doll
Frankfort KY
December 03, 2007
My deepest sympathy to his loved ones...I never had the pleasure of seeing him play--but my father did and always said he was one of the true legends to ever wear the University of Kentucky jersey... RIP and thank you for the memories
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
May God bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow.
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
My sympathy to the many friends and
family of Mr Beard. UK fans were
blessed to have had you play for us.
God bless.
December 03, 2007
When a sophomore in high school (Blytheville, AR) I played hooky one day, hitch hiked to Memphis just to see Ralph Beard play. I WAS AMAZED at his uncanny ability.
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
Scott/Mrs Beard

Mr Beard was always so nice to me. It was a privilege to know you all through Hurstbourne. I was a little bit older than Scott but we were all part of that junior golf clique when Hurstbourne first started. Mr Beard always took the time to say hello and show an interest in even though you were just a kid.
As I recall, No riding the gold cart for him. I’m sure he’s opting out of that golf cart in heaven
December 03, 2007
Ralph will be greatly missed. He and his generation of UK baketball players set the standard for what Kentucky basketball is today. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
December 03, 2007
MY Smypathy.
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
December 03, 2007
Never met him, but heard so many good stories about him - - Kentucky WildCats loss, but, Heaven's gain. From, a native Kentucky WildCat Fan.
December 03, 2007
I had the opportunity to play golf with Mr. Beard in a golf outing a few years back. We had a great afternoon. My sincere sympathy to the family.
December 03, 2007
You will long be remembered as a fine player and person. Your loss is UK fans loss also.
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
To the friends and loved ones of Mr. Beard:
Take peace in the joy and strength he brought to us, not only in business but in basketball as well. He has forever shaped my life. One day we will see him playing again with the rest of the Fab5 being coached by Rupp, this is my heaven. God Bless and Go CATS!
December 03, 2007
Betty/Scott:
What a treasure Ralph was and thank you for sharing him with us.
A fierce competitor in every phase of life, always a gentleman, and I am proud to call him "friend".

My prayers are with you.
December 03, 2007
Scott, I met your Dad once in Lexington. I mentioned that my father had played against Joe Fulks in high school and your father wrote the nicest one page letter to my Dad for Fathers' Day. What a true gentleman he was. I can hear Coach Rupp now saying, "By Gawd, Ralph, we've been waiting for you! Welcome home."
December 03, 2007
You will be remembered with honor
December 03, 2007
December 03, 2007
I had the honor and priveledge of sitting close to Mr. Beard at Rupp Arena when my father and I would go to games. I live in Chicago and one of the highlights of each trip home was having the opportunity to speak with Mr. Beard and hear his wonderful stories. He was such a classy person who made a big impression on me in many ways. I will truly miss him.
December 03, 2007
The Wildcat nation lost one of their own.MR Beard help build the greatest program in the hisory of the game.RIP MR Beard and thank you.
December 03, 2007
Bettye and Family
You have our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of grief. May Ralph rest in peace.
December 03, 2007
My prayers are with Ralph's family. Ralph was a great man and I hope that your memories of him will comfort you at this time.
December 03, 2007
Dear Bettye,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that you are very sad and lonely now because you and I have discussed what a huge part of your life that Ralph was and how you cared for him. May you have peace in your heart to know what a wonderful caregiver you were. Take comfort in knowing that people all over the country are with you today and griving your loss right along with you and your family.
(Sheryl from Fantastic Sams)
December 03, 2007
Bettye,
I spoke with you several years ago when my mother was diagnosed with Polymyositis. I also spoke with Ralph. Both of you were so kind & gracious.
I lost my Mom right after Christmas of 2006 after the disease racked havoc on her lungs, esophagus, etc.I share in your sadness especially at this time of the year.
Your husband was a kind man, and I know a good husband & father.
My sympathy to all of you .
Sincerely,
alabo@aol.com
December 02, 2007
To the Beard Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ralph will truly be missed. I consider it an honor to have known him. He was a great man and a basketball legend.
December 02, 2007
Scottie

So sorry to here of your fathers passing, It seems that at every KGA event I always ran into him following you around the golf course so I would walk a few holes with him to see how you were playing. He really enjoyed watching you play golf he was very proud of you !. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see you and him together on the golf course playing in the early fall when I was working at Hurstbourne Country Club, He will be truly missed…
December 02, 2007
Scott, Our Thoughts are with you and your family. Only you know the true value of having such a special man in your life... Many Blessings and Memories!!
December 02, 2007
Aunt Bettye,
My love and prayers are with you and the family during this trying time.
December 02, 2007
Scotty & Family:

It is with deepest regrets to hear of your father's passing. It was always a joy to see and talk to him while he followed you during numerous KPGA tournaments. Our prayers are with you Scotty!

"Press on.."
December 02, 2007
I DIDN'T KNOW RALPH PERSONALLY. I WENT TO MANUAL, BUT I ALWAYS HAVE ENJOY A GOOD GAME ANE HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST AN I LOVED SEENING HIM PLAY.
December 02, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
December 02, 2007
To The Beard Family, The University of Kentucky Athletics Association has been and will always be proud of Ralph Beard.
December 02, 2007
I want to pay tribute to a great U.K. basketball player. My father brought me up on the stories of the Fabulous Five team. Being a U.K. alumnus I have continued my love of UK basketball wherever I live. I think the worth of a man can be determined by his adversity and how he handles it. Mr. Beard was a class act. I know he will be warmly remembered by so many.
December 01, 2007
A great player who never got the chance to show how truly great he might of been. May God ease the pain of the Beard family in their time of grief.
December 01, 2007
Growing up in Kentucky I had always know the name, and the legend of Ralph Beard. The greatest college guard to ever play the game. It was not until I was at the University of Louisville that I had the honor to meet him and get to know him. It was an honor every time I got to speak and see him. He often stopped by practice and always made a point to say hello, and he always knew my name. He was a very humble man, and a great man. He loved the game of basketball almost s he loved his wife Bettye. I will never forget when Coach Pitino invited him to travel with us to play at Memphis. He was the perfect gentleman and guest, fifteen minutes early to everything because that was the way he was taught. After getting to know him, I never really thought of him as a basketball star, but as one of the nicest men I've ever known.

God Bless Ralph Beard

Vinny Tatum
University of Louisville Basketball
December 01, 2007
I had the honor of meeting Ralph Beard, of all places, watching a UK basketball game in Rupp Arena. My father had season tickets and to my surprise we sat next to Ralph Beard and his son Scott one night.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Beard and his family. Ralph Beard was a legend on the basketball court, the personification of grace, a true gentleman.

Mr. Beard, I’m sorry. I promised to start a barn-burning campaign to get you better season ticket seats in Rupp Arena and I failed to do so. You won my heart and the heart of all Kentuckians and you will forever live in our memories.

My deepest sympathy goes to Mrs. Beard, Scott and family.
December 01, 2007
To The Beard Family,

I met Ralph in 1961 when I was transferred to Louisville by
Johnson & Johnson. He was then the Sales Mgr of Gould Drug. I was only in Louisville for about 2 1/2 years but I always valued having known and worked with Ralph and was so proud to say that I knew him. Your whole family must be very proud too. RIP Ralph.

Robert S. Raynes, DDS
December 01, 2007
Dear Betty, Jill, Donnie, Jourdon, Sloane, Scott, Tina & Mike,

You all know how I love you like my own family and how sad I am to say good-bye for now to dear Ralphie.

I have been blessed to be one of Ralph's daughter, Jill's best friend for over 38 years. I have been so fortunate to have grown up at the Beard's house, they are like my own family and I will always remember all the special times. Ralphie was a "one of a kind" individual and I will miss him so very much. The Beard's gave me the best gift ever in the world, Jill.

God bless you all, you know how Dad, Karl, Leslie, Hank and I have you all in all our thoughts and prayers.

Love
Lea

P.S. I know there are tons of those wonderful popcorn balls in heaven and Ralphie is having one right now! Of course, with a Mountain Dew!
December 01, 2007
Bettye
Cynthia and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Ralph was special in more ways then I can name.I particularly remember and enjoyed the Florida golf trips together with him and "the group" back in the 80's.
December 01, 2007
To the Beard family,
While I might not have known Ralph personally, my Dad always spoke very highly of him. Our family loved your Dad through the wonderful stories told to us by his faithful friend, Humzey Yessin. May you find comfort in knowing how his presence on this earth have touched many.

With Sympathy,
Amy Yessin
December 01, 2007
Ralph Beard. A true gentleman in every sense of the word. The family's loss is shared by everyone in the Bluegrass state and those with Bluegrass in their heart.
December 01, 2007
One of the great perks of covering University of Kentucky basketball has been the opportunity to get to know Ralph Beard. It was an honor any time I had the chance to visit with him at a UK game or practice. I think of C.M. Newton's often-stated line that you can't define class, but you know it when you see it. Ralph was as classy a person as I ever met and I will miss not getting another opportunity to talk basketball with him. My condolences to Ralph's family on your loss.
December 01, 2007
To the Beard Family:
Ralph was a dream athlete, and family man. As a contemporary of his, I was always proud to have known him.

Bob Kaiser
December 01, 2007
Ralph was the yardstick by which all future UK guards would be measured. I'm so glad he and Rupp finally made their peace.
December 01, 2007
The thoughts and prayers of our family are with yours in this difficult time. Ralph was well-loved by all the Beards of Hardinsburg. I am the daughter of Jesse and Brucie.
November 30, 2007
We are so sad to hear of Ralph's death. We are so thankful to have known him. Our prayers are with your family. Sincerely,
November 30, 2007
Dear Bettye and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Ralph were always so kind and helpful to us throughout our Kentucky Colonel days and at Hurstbourne Country Club.
You are in my heart and prayers.
Deepest Sympathy,
November 30, 2007
I will never forget going to downtown Lexington and welcoming the NCAA champs in 1948 and 1949. Ralph Beard was our hero. Every kid in Kentucky wanted to wear #12. In 1955-56, while serving in the Navy in Japan, I watched him play once again. He played for Camp Zama an Army base. Don Nuxhall (Joe's brother) a star player for USC or UCLA (as I recall) played on Camp Zama's team. Most of the military teams were made up of ex-college players. Once again, Beard dominated the game just as he dominated college basketball. In my opinion, he was the greatest player ever to wear the Blue and White.
November 30, 2007
To the entire Beard family- Bettye I remember y=all from Beargrass and had some good times with Ralph and you and Scott during Friendship Class activity. My heart goes out to you and the family for your love of Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. May our Lord be with you during this time and may Ralph rest in peace. I will be out of town during the visitation but will have a prayer for you this day and thereafter. John 13:1-3 B. G. Gividen
November 30, 2007
Sorry to hear about the loss. I got the previlage of meeting Ralph at a Kentucky Alumni event a few years back. He was very nice.....stuck around for hours after the event was over signing autographs and talking to the fans! Although I didn't start watching UK Bball until 1986, I really came to respect him that night. I know a lot of other ex athletes would've bolted out after the event was over, but he stuck around. He was a wonderful human being! God Bless......
November 30, 2007
TO SCOTT & FAMILY, WE PRAY FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU PEACE AND COMFORT AT THIS TIME. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOUR DAD IS IN GOD'S COMPANY NOW. TAKE CARE. FROM THE STAFF AT DR. HOGGE'S
November 30, 2007
betty and family,

ralph touched so many people with his thoughtfulness. Generous, always from the heart. An honor to have just been in his company.
November 30, 2007
I'll always remember those famous two handed set shots! Ralph and I sat next to each other in many classes at Male High, and also at our graduation in 1945. He was a great athlete, but also a great guy.
November 30, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
November 30, 2007
Betty, Jill, Don, Jourdan, Sloane, Scott, Tina and Alan,

Guys we love you all so much and are so very sorry Ralph has gone. You all gave him your very best in his last days, please take comfort knowing you did all you could to make him comfortable. Keep all the good times in you heart and remember how much he love each and every one of you.
We love you, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love,
The Blankenbakers
November 30, 2007
Mrs. Bettye Beard and Family,
May you find comfort in the kind words of Mr. Beard’s many friends, fans, and admirers. My father, Alex Groza, cherished their longtime friendship and their years together as the Fabulous Five and the Indianapolis Olympians. Dad always spoke highly of “Little Ralph”-- the basketball player, the family man, the gentleman. Oh, the stories he told! I would like to share something once written about Mr. Beard: When the whistle blows to start a basketball game, Ralph covers more of the floor than the roof does. Beard has worried (competitors) into confusion with his constant pressing, shifting, driving, and ball snatching. On the playing floor, and outside, he lives an enthusiastic life. Groza calls him a jumping bean.

I imagine my Dad was waiting for “Little Ralph” with a basketball in hand, as he passed through the Pearly Gates.
November 30, 2007
Mrs. Bettye Beard and Family,
May you find comfort in the kind words of Mr. Beard’s many friends, fans, and admirers. My father, Alex Groza, cherished their longtime friendship and their years together as the Fabulous Five and the Indianapolis Olympians. Dad always spoke highly of “Little Ralph”-- the basketball player, the family man, the gentleman. Oh, the stories he told! I would like to share something once written about Mr. Beard: When the whistle blows to start a basketball game, Ralph covers more of the floor than the roof does. Beard has worried (competitors) into confusion with his constant pressing, shifting, driving, and ball snatching. On the playing floor, and outside, he lives an enthusiastic life. Groza calls him a jumping bean.

I image my Dad was waiting for “Little Ralph” with a basketball in hand, as he passed through the Pearly Gates.
November 30, 2007
I've heard a lot of nice tributes to Ralph, but it is hard to find the right words to describe what a truly great friend, person and athlete he was. I first knew Ralph when I was a sophomore at St. X and he was a senior at Male. As it was Coach Brown gave me the job of guarding Ralph. You think that wasn't a nightmare? I did hold him to 10 points one night. You would have thought I held him scoreless. That same year we played together on the Hasenour Cafemen baseball team and won the national championship. I've known him since 1945, and he never changed a bit in all those years. I last saw Ralph at our annual Cafemen reunion a couple months ago. He was truly one of the nicest people I've ever known. God bless you, Ralph, until we get to play together again. My deepest sympathy to Bettye and your children and grandchildren.
November 30, 2007
My sympathy to the Beard family. While I knew Ralph as a great ball player, I also knew him as a great person who loved his family. He used to call on St. Anthony Hospital when I was the CEO and just to be around him would pick you up. He will be missed by all of his friends, but his family will miss him most. God Bless.
Mike Abell 1115 Toski Dr., Trinity, Florida 34655
November 30, 2007
To the Beard Family,

I would like to express my deepest condolences. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Beard at the Grand Opening of the UK Basketball Museum when I worked there as an employee. I was a junior at Transylvania University, an avid UK fan, and maybe more than that, a fan of the history of UK Basketball. I was given the opportunity to take Mr. Beard around the museum and even instruct him how to play the virtual basketball game within the confines of the museum. He left me with an autograph, but more importantly, he left me with an insight to his character, his generosity as a human being, and a display for his love of basketball. I spent many of working afternoons and evenings archiving his many playing days at the museum. I can truly say, even though I never saw him personally play and my age would indicate that I would choose the new era basketball players, Ralph Beard will always be in my eyes, the best basketball player to ever set foot on a court for the University of Kentucky. God bless you, Mr. Beard, and your family.
November 30, 2007
My prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your friends, family and memories bring you comfort.
November 30, 2007
I met Mr. Beard one time in the summer of 1966 while I was a college student working for Pfizer. I got to spend 1/2 hour talking to him about life in general and I was greatly impressed by his outlook on life. It was three week and three states later that I learned he ever played basketball. I was than even more impressed.

There is a special place for such a grand gentleman.
November 30, 2007
It sounds like Ralph Beard was a great man, not to mention a great basketball player. His success after the scandal only magnified that. When he took ownership of his mistakes it said more about his character than the mistake he made.
November 30, 2007
I will never forget Ralph,he was the best guard Ky. ever had. I played many pickup games with Ralph and what a joy they were. God bless the family.
November 30, 2007
You made all of your Male High classmates proud of you.
November 30, 2007
Your basketball skills will live for ever in UK athletics program. May God be with the Bread family.
November 30, 2007
Beard Family,
I never had the opportunity to meet the great Ralph Beard, but I feel I knew him. I attended church with Kenny Rollins in Lawrenceburg, KY and we had many conversations about the FABULOUS FIVE. Such humble men they were. Not only has the Commonwealth of Kentucky lost Mr. Basketball, but so has every basketball program that ever existed! I want to say Farewell as you loose the earthly bonds, your heavenly Father is waiting for you with open arms and the angels are rejoicing! God Bless each of the family members and hold them in the palm of His hand as they suffer this loss. I always wear my Kentucky with pride because of men like you!
November 30, 2007
Dear Betty,

Don and I want to express our deepest sympathy in your loss of Ralph. Don is so proud to say he played basketball with him in Japan. Donald & Myra Nuxhall
November 30, 2007
My sincerest sympathy to Mr. Beard's family. Although I did not know him personally, I grew up listening to UK basketball while he played for UK. I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Wah Wah Jones a few years ago and I of course asked about Mr. Beard. I thought they were the King of Basketball and no other team could come close to them so far as I was concerned. When the ball was in Mr. Beard's hands I knew it was safe and that something good would happen. Imagine my surprise when I learned that he was only six years older than myself. I hope that his family will find solace in all the kind things others have to say about him. Best wishes to you all. We have all lost a great ambassador for basketball. Bill Perry, Pickerington, Ohio (formerly of Paintsville, Ky).
November 30, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Beard family. My heart sunk in my chest when I read the sad news.
Mr. Beard, you sir are a class act and you will be dearly missed by the Big Blue family.
Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace.
November 30, 2007
Ralph you will be greatly missed.

God Bless.
November 30, 2007
Legend
November 30, 2007
I loved watching Ralph play in the highschool tournament and at UK. He was so great. I'm thinking about all the Beard cousins.
November 30, 2007
Sorry for your loss.
November 30, 2007
a wonderful man who i had the oppurtunity to meet and the best athlete the state of kentucky ever has or ever will produce. rest in peace mr. beard. you will be deeply missed.
November 30, 2007
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Beard. I had the opportunity to get to know him when he attended the Juvenile Diabetes Foundations' Sports Trivia night. My father started the event for my two sisters and I who all have Juvenile Diabetes. Mr. Beard came to the golf event earlier in the day and I had the pleasure of driving him from hole to hole. I was only 19 years old at the time and a little nervous about being Mr. Beard's chauffer. To my pleasant surprise, we hit it off and talked with each other for the almost four hours it took to play the course. He told me about his basketball career, how he grew up poor with a single mother to support them, and talked at length about his family. He was so sweet to me kept asking me if I was okay to continue driving him. The part that sticks out the most though is when he started talking about his wife. Mr. Beard got teary-eyed as he told me about how much he loved her and how he wouldn't know what to do without her. He said, "She's better than sliced bread." Even though I only knew him for those few short hours, he really touched me. I will always remember the afternoon I spent with him.
November 30, 2007
I am at a loss for words. Only to express what a joy it was meeting him and getting to know him. A very loving person. I will miss him.
November 30, 2007
REST IN PEACE-- MR. KENTUCKY!!
November 30, 2007
Ralph Beard was a friend of mind.
He loved basketball & met him in
my fathers drug store in Morgantown
Ky when he was working forDrug Co.
in Louisvile in 1960s & 1970s
Joe D. Forgy-He is now in Blue Heaven
November 30, 2007
The first time I met Ralph was when I interviewed him at Male. I was very nervous, but his genuine nature made everything easy. We bumped into each other several times thru the years at the local grocery store; he was still the same nice man I had met from years before. I am glad that I got to meet him, and learn from his life experiences.
November 30, 2007
Bettye, Jill, Scott and family:
I was so saddened to learn of Ralph's passing. The realization that legends are mortal hit me when I read of your loss. Ralph was a loving family man and dedicated father. He had such a conviction and passion for everything he did - from sports, to business, and certainly in providing love and devotion to his family. We are all blessed to have known such an exceptional gentleman. He was truly a winner in everything he did. Be comforted that he will forever rest in peace and will be in our memories. My deepest sympathy and condolences to each of you.
November 30, 2007
To the Beard Family,

I would like you all to know I am thinking of you and you have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

I got to know Ralph through Scott when we attended Trinity High School together and he was an inspiration to me. I fondly remember spending time at the house with Ralph, Betty and Scott.

Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tom Wunderlin
November 30, 2007
I never thought of Ralph as a basketball star. I thought about him as one of the nicest men I've ever known. No one had more pride in his family than Ralph.
November 30, 2007
November 30, 2007
To the Beard family, some of my most cherished memories are of my dad telling me stories about Ralph and the Fabulous Five. Then later in life I met him and realized what a wonderful human being he was as well. God Bless you.
November 30, 2007
I had the pleasure of seeing Ralph and the rest of the Fabulous Five play in Alumni Gym when basketball was a true Kentucky sport. We will not see his likes again.

Jack Daniel
November 30, 2007
Mr. Beard had a rare gift, he inspired many of us in those small Eastern Ky towns. He gave us a dream, and with basketball many of us had the opportunity to better ourselves with college and a good education. I have since grown up an moved away from that small town, but
I hang my UK flag proudly and will always stay true to UK basketball. Thank you Mr. Beard you touched more lives than you ever knew.
November 30, 2007
One of the greatest to ever play the game. God bless.
November 30, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Beard family. Thanks Ralph for all the memories. He was a terrific basketball player but an even better person. You will be missed.
November 30, 2007
My prayers go out to the Beard family. May he rest in peace.
November 30, 2007
sorry for your loss
November 30, 2007
To the Beard family:
May God keep you strong during this hard time. But just think what a basketball team they have in heaven.....
November 30, 2007
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Ralph Beard. I had the pleasure of meeting him, and a finer person has never lived.

We are all the poorer for his passing. May God bless your family, and soothe the pain of your loss.
November 30, 2007
Bettye, Scott and family,
You lost a beloved husband and father while the rest of us lost a great friend and true gentleman. Growing up, he never hesitiated to come up to me and ask how I was doing or playing (golf), which being the quiet type, always made me feel special. I never knew the magnitude of what he had accomplished on the basketball court until after reading and hearing about it many years later. He never expected or wanted that. His genuine interest was in others and this is what made him my champion. God bless.
November 30, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
November 30, 2007
To the Beard family,
So terribly sorry to hear of the death of your loved one. He was a wonderful person to know. I worked with him for several years at what was formerly known as Kauffman-Lattimer Company. He had confidence in me and gave me opportunities for advancement. He had a wonderful sense of humor. It has been years since I last saw him, but remember him well. God Bless him and the family during this sad time.
November 30, 2007
My Dad used to tell me of what a great player that Ralph Beard was. I was raised on stories about him and the Fabulous Five. But an even better story is how he shaped his life after basketball and became an even better example of how to perservere. Steve Landram- St. Cloud Florida
November 30, 2007
One of the great pleasures of my
life was to meet and talk to
Ralph Beard
November 30, 2007
My Prayers goes out to your family, but most of all I will miss one of the most exciting players that ever played for our beloved Wildcats. Mr. Beard may have left us but his name and legion will always remain with us.
November 30, 2007
one of the greats in Kentucky basketball history and a three time all american. sad day for Kentucky basketball my sympathies to the family. his play left a legacy and built the tradition to what it is today.
I am sorry for your loss and all of Wildcat nation sympathizes with you at this time.
November 30, 2007
Ralph Beard was one of my athletic heroes when I was a youngster. In 1949, my dad took me see the Fabulous Five play in the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament at the old Jefferson County Armory. What a thrill that was! During the past few years I wrote two letters to the editor of two different newspapers saying Ralph Beard belonged in the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Following the publication of both letters, Mr. Beard called me on the phone and expressed his appreciation for my letters. I was on cloud nine talking to one of my boyhood heroes of 60 years ago. And to think that he took the time to call me. That says a lot about the kind of person Ralph Beard was. He belongs in basketball's Hall of Fame and should have been inducted while he was still alive. I send my condolences to the Beard family.
November 30, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
November 30, 2007
The greatest guard to ever play at UK. I had the pleasure to met Mr. Beard and he was a real gentleman. You will be forever missed. Rest in Peace Mr. Beard
November 30, 2007
November 29, 2007
"so take my lad what the great game gives,for all men die,but the record lives."-grantland rice
may G-D comfort the family.
November 29, 2007
Dear Family: May the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob confort you during this trying time. He was one of the greatest.
November 29, 2007
Ralph Beard was an inspiration to all young boys growing up in Ky., during and after his years at UK. He made being a good point guard look easy, and even if a young boy had not reached his full physical maturity, he could still become a good guard with proper training and dedication. Their idol was Mr. Beard. They tried to mimic his dribble, his passing ability, shooting prowess, quick moves, his whole game. He was everything about basketball to grade-school and high-school age boys. We are all thankful for the life of Ralph Beard and sad because he is gone from our world, but we treasure our memories of him and have the assurance that he is in the Lord's care. We ask the Lord to bless and hold his family in the palm of His hand.J
November 29, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Mr. Beard was a very kind gentlemen. He will be missed.
November 29, 2007
Your family are in our prayers.
He was one of the great ones, and will be missed.
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
Thank you to everyone for the kind words about my father. It makes me even more proud of him after seeing what people have to say. It's going to be lonely without him.
November 29, 2007
The good Lord is with you now.

Rest in peace.
November 29, 2007
One of the greatest to ever play the game.
November 29, 2007
One of the best guards the Cats ever had.
May God Bless you and family
November 29, 2007
Bettye Sue,

Masy the Lord be a comfort you and family with your loss.
November 29, 2007
Sincere condolences. Like so many others, I've always loved Kentucky Basketball, and I was always in awe of Ralph Beard. I grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky (Bell County), and followed Kentucky basketball (as done by the inimitable Cawood) religiously. Even we knew of Ralph Beard and his troop. Best wishes all of his family.
November 29, 2007
Scottie and family my deepest sympathy....He will be missed and was loved....Great golfing buddy
November 29, 2007
Ralph you will be missed. I will keep your family in my prayers. Go Cats
November 29, 2007
A very warm and humble man who never forgot where he came from.
May he rest in peace.
Prayers to the family

A fellow Male High alumni
November 29, 2007
I have heard about the legends of Kentucky basketball since I can remember, and Ralph Beard was one of the first. So, when I saw him this summer at a golf course here in Lexington, there was no way that I couldn't shake his hand and tell him how much of a fan I was of his. I think he really appreciated the fact that a 24 year old would randomly recognize him and want to shake his hand. For someone with two national championships, a gold medal, and multiple other accolades he was a very humble and appreciative man. I will never forget shaking his hand and introducing myself to the legend of Mr. Beard. Farewell.
November 29, 2007
Bettye and Family:
I had 25 years of Friendship with Ralph..He was one of UK's Greatest...a Giant of a man at 5'10"..a Better Human Being..Rest In Peace ...Grover and Cathy Sales
November 29, 2007
I was 12 when I met Ralph Beard for the first and only time when he showed up to my basketball practice that Scott was conducting. He pulled me aside to talk about basketball. It was the coolest thing ever.I am 24 now & I have and will never forget my one encounter with Ralph Beard. What an amazing man!
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
My condolence to the Beard family. There was nothing my father (Mason (Speedy) Embry, Cloverport, Ky) had rather do then watch or listen to a Kentucky Wildcat basketball game. I'm sure Ralph Beard was an important reason for his love of Wildcat basketball. I have been a fan of Kentucky Wildcat basketball and Ralph Beard all my life (born Hardinsburg, Ky. 1938).
November 29, 2007
I had the special opportunity to meet and talk to Mr. Beard on two occasions at the Cystic Fibrosis Annual Celebrity Auction. I must say, he was the supreme gentleman, and that transcends anything he ever achieved in sports.
November 29, 2007
Respects to the Beard family in their time of sorrow. Although I never met Mr. Beard, it was obvious that he was an even greater human being than a ball player which says a lot. Any meaningful list of the top five or ten all-time UK basketball greats must include Mr. Beard.
November 29, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless
November 29, 2007
Ralph Beard,
A true CAT to tha end,
The CATS he would defend!

May God Bless & Protect,
Family & Friends!
November 29, 2007
I loved hearing the stories about Ralph Beard and is fabulos team-mates. He was part of the reason Kentucky basketball has such a rich history and huge following.
November 29, 2007
I am truly sorry for the Beard family on the passing of my friend Mr. Beard. I had a chance to meet Mr. Beard many years ago and I told him what my father said "you are the best UK player of all time." Mr. Beard stood up and talked with me for several minutes. What an honor. I got to know Mr. Beard much better when I became a member of Hurstbourne Country Club and enjoyed listening (on th practice range) to all his stories about our beloved Wildcats. My twin boys also had the priviledge of getting to know Mr. Beard. He was such a nice gentleman.
November 29, 2007
I had the opportunity of working for Mr. Beard and he was a wonderful person. He really cared and respected his staff. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
November 29, 2007
I worked for Ralph many years ago at Goulds (K & L). He will be missed by all that touch he touched their lives. He was a wonderful man and he listened to his employees and he talked to them not down to them.
November 29, 2007
I guess God needed a point guard. Rest in peace, Ralph -- basketball fans everywhere wish you Godspeed.
November 29, 2007
This great man was a true legend. Three time all-american,two national championships,one olympic gold medal;Thank You Sir and May You Rest In Peace
November 29, 2007
Scotty,
I was sorry to learn about the loss of your father. A kind, caring man who will be greatly missed. Thanks Mr. Beard for all the great memories.
November 29, 2007
It was a pleasure to serve at the club Ralph Beard. He was always kind and generous man both him and his wife Betty. I will truly miss him and his joking around at Hurstbourne. May God Bless You! Now you will be able to play basketball and golf in heaven with your other buddies and maybe even God. May the family be comforted to know that he will not suffer no more and that he is in a better place now.
November 29, 2007
Scottie & family,
Our deepest sympathy to you....what a wonderful gentleman....
The Eddie Mudd Family
November 29, 2007
May God hold you close as a family and may you cherish all the great memories you have of him. We as Kentuckians will also cherish him as a native son. Thank you Ralph Beard for all the joy you brought to us on the basketball court and off. We will always honor your memory.
November 29, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 29, 2007
I have said this many times, to my friends like Mike Campbell, Rick Cain, and many more I was playing in the state amature with Scotty Beard and Mike Ralph was following us around and talked and encouaged all of us. Even though I played bad (and scotty won by I think 13 stokes. Ralph became a friend that day. What a gentleman and fine person, not just a great athelete and competitor. We will all miss him. I know god will treat him special.
November 29, 2007
Dear Scotty
Your father has left so many of us so much better off for having known him during our lifetime.Your dad and I followed you at Wildwood in the classic and both of you have given me wonderful moments in my life.Your father is the reason I'm a Kentucky basketball fan as me and my brothers lay on our living room floor and listened to Claude Sullivan announcing the games on the radio.
My prayers are with you and your family.
I hope we can see each other soon and celebrate your fathers legacy.

JJ "Bob" Comstock
November 29, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
November 29, 2007
Mr. Beard was one of the players to make a lifelong Wildcat fan of my Dad, Thomps McNabb. Dad started me with the 1957/58 team. He was Dad's favorite player.
November 29, 2007
My sincerest condolences to the Beard family. Mr. Beard was always encouraging and it was a true honor to know him. You couldn't spend much time with him without being inspired by his energy and determination. He's not only the greatest player in Kentucky Basketball history, but one of the greatest people I've ever known.
Thank you Mr. Beard, you will be truly missed.
November 29, 2007
Hubbuch Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. I know he was a great person and will be missed by many. I will keep you all in my prayers.
November 29, 2007
I would like to send my personal condolences to The Beard family, and Scott in particular. Your father was a wonderful man who always have a smile on his face and he would also make you feel so special when you were with him. Even though he had such great success, I know that he was most proud of his children. Kentucky basketball has lost a legend and he will never be forgotten. To those who knew him, we will miss his great smile and his friendship. Not only has your family lost a father, a husband, and a brother, we in the golf community lost a great ambassador. I am sorry for your loss.
November 29, 2007
I LISTENED TO YOUR GAMES ON A BATTERY RADIO AS A PRE-TEEN AND WILL NEVER FORGET IT. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.
November 29, 2007
Bettye and Family,
My heart goes out to you for the loss of your beloved Ralph. He was such a kind and humble gentleman. I always enjoyed conversations with him. I will miss him and his warm smile. May God give you strength to cope with his loss.

Ruth Bandy
Athletic Department
University of Louisville
November 29, 2007
Condolences to the Beard Family . I first met Ralph as a kid getting a prescription filled at Andy Daughery's drugstore in Jamestown. He bought me a cherry coke and we talked bball for half an hour out of his busy schedule. What a great Kentucky Champion-Bob from Jamestown
November 29, 2007
You will be remembered as a great athlete and a great person. As a UK grad, I say thank you Mr. Beard and God bless you.
November 29, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 29, 2007
Rest in Peace.
November 29, 2007
Condolences to Ralph Beard's family.I was a lucky man to play golf with him a few times.He was a really nice person and a joy to be around.
November 29, 2007
It was a privilege to know this man. I can remember the first time I ever met him. He was a very nice and humble kind of guy. Whenever he would see me he would always come up to me and ask how i was doing and such...My prayers go out to the family and friends of good Ole Ralph Beard...
November 29, 2007
Equipment manager for louisville basketball,,,,,he had the best sense of humor of any person I have met since coming to Ky. from Mass.....will be missed by me.....I do not have the words................Tim Sypher
November 29, 2007
I always called Ralph #1 because he truly was the best UK ever had. He was #1 in more ways than just basketball. We'll miss you old friend.
November 29, 2007
To the family of World Class All-American Ralph Beard. We are very grieved at the loss of one of my boyhood heroes. Thoughts of Ralph Beard always bring happiness to me. My father and uncle took me to see him and the Fabulous Five play at the old Alumni gym. What a thrill ! A few years later, when I was a freshman at UK, I was waiting at a bus stop on South Limestone ( in front of the Alumni gym ) and Ralph walked by me. He smiled and nodded to me, but I was dumbfounded and just stared at him. Too scared to speak ! Seeing him at later times, I always marveled how he continued to look like he was in tip-top shape and could still suit-up for a game. God Bless Ralph Beard and his family, friends, and fans.

May God ever furnish His Blessings, Love, and Tender Mercies to the family and friends of Ralph Beard.
We pray the Healing and Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be added.
Also, may the Guidance and Comfort of the Blessed Holy Spirit be included to this fine array.

When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:7 (King James Bible)

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (KJB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1st Peter 1:3 (KJB)
November 29, 2007
Ralph Beard was not only an "All-American" but a Great American. My thoughts and prayers go to the family.
November 29, 2007
I was in the 7th and 8th grade and listened to all the games on the radio and kept score in my little score book. Thanks for the good memories.
November 29, 2007
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES YOU LEFT FOR MY FATHER WHO IS NOW 77 HIMSELF. YOU WERE AND WILL ALWAYS BE A LEGEND IN HIS MIND.
GOD BLESS TO THE FAMILY
November 29, 2007
A privilege & honor to have met & talked with Uncle Ralph, as he was known among many of the friends of the Monie Beard family.
November 29, 2007
Deepest sympathy to the Beard family. I will never forget the stories shared with me by Ralph during each year at the King of the Bluegrass. Blessing to all of the Beard family members and friends.
November 29, 2007
To the family of Mr.Beard. What a great honor it must be being associated with such a great person. Thanks for the memories and I still love the stories associated with Ralph's Era.
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
Vaya Con Dios!
November 29, 2007
BEARD FAMILY:
YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED MANY TIMES LIVING AND KNOWING RALPH BEARD. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND AN EXCELLENT BASKETBALL PLAYER AND OUR SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU AND RALPH. HE WILL BE MISSED. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES RALPH. GOD BLESS
WOODY DUNN
LONDON, KY.
November 29, 2007
Several years ago, I would assist Mr. Beard when he would come into the Medicare office with questions. I was in awe as I am a big UK fan! I will never forget the day that he brought in his Olympic Gold Medal to show me. He was a wonderful man and always brought a smile to my face. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
November 29, 2007
Betty and Family:
My prayers will be with you for the loss of Ralph. I feel honored I was able to know him thru Gould Drugs. He will be missed, but we have some great memories to remember him by.
November 29, 2007
A true class act that will always be remembered in the Bluegrass State.
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
I am very sorry for your familys loss. Ralph was a special person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
November 29, 2007
Betty and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Having known Ralph and the family for many years I know he will be deeply missed by all. He was definetly one of the classiest gentlemen I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.
November 29, 2007
Thoughts & Prayers to the Beard Family.
November 29, 2007
I did not know Ralph personally; however, I do know his family well. I am truly sorry for thier lose and wish them the best during thier time of mourning.
November 29, 2007
So many great memories of this wonderful person. He was always
so pleasant and kind. Enjoyed knowing him from Gould Kaufman-
Lattimer days. Golf match or two
also. Prayers for the family.
November 29, 2007
I still have our picture on my desk with you, Tom Jurich, Joe B. Hall, and Pat Shain. You will be missed my friend.
November 29, 2007
I do miss his game.
November 29, 2007
Jill:

I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I will always remember him as a kind and friendly man. Please send our love to your mom and family. Mother is here in Tennessee visiting with us, and we came across the news. She sends her love to all of you. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love,

Bobbi Lang and Family.
November 29, 2007
God Bless.
November 29, 2007
My prayers go out to the entire Beard family. Mr. Beard was a tremendous husband, father, grandfather. The world is a loser today but heaven is a big winner!
The greatest complimeant I ever received in coaching came from Mr. Beard. I was coaching at Ballard and he attended a game against his beloved Male High School, when asked why is was there he answered that he admired the way I taught young people on and off the court, the single greatest complimeant I will ever receive considering the source.
Mr. Beard make our world a better place, he will be missed. May strength be with you all.
November 29, 2007
TO BETTY AND YOUR FAMILY
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. HE WAS A GREAT GUY. HE WOULD TALK TO ANY BODY NO MATTER WHO YOU WERE. YOU WILL BE MISSED. ARE PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
November 29, 2007
Thanks for the memories, but most of all thanks for being a great human being and a fine ambassador for our commonwealth.

Rex
November 29, 2007
You were a BIG part of the Kentucky tradition. May GOD bless you and your family.
November 29, 2007
My heart goes out to the Beard family in this time of sorrow. Mr. Beard was a personal friend of my family for 50+ years. Growing up a diehard UK fan it was always interesting talking to Mr. Beard about basketball when he played and the state of the game today. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Mr. Beard was the best point guard in his era. A first class gentleman and friend he was; and will be dearly missed. God will be waiting with open arms for Mr. Beard. My deepest sympathies to the Beard family.
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
Scott, We are truly sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time.
November 29, 2007
November 29, 2007
very sorry for your loss.
November 29, 2007
Ralph, you are the best and loved. Kentucky's loss is Heaven's gain. Jesus and the archangels Michael and Gabriel are surely regaling you with highlights of the 1948 and 1949 NCAA Championships and 1948 Olympics Championship. Go Big Blue and happy heavenly eternity to you!
November 29, 2007
One of the game's all-time greats..most importantly, in the game of life...
November 29, 2007
Jill,
You have been so very supportive to us in the past year and ahalf. There is such a light that radiates from you. We are so very sorry for your loss and hope there is something we can do for you.
Love you,
Cindy and Greg Huettig
November 29, 2007
I did not know Ralph well, but knew his brother Monie. What a great family! My well wishes go out to the entire Beard family.
November 29, 2007
I am sorry for your loss. I consider him a great person.
November 29, 2007
Ralph, your name will live forever in this great state of Kentucky. You will be missed.
November 29, 2007
My sincerest condolences to the entire Ralph Beard family. Mr. Beard was a magnificent player and a great American. He will always be remembered as one of America's true great athletes of the 20th Century.

Respectfully,
November 29, 2007
God bless you.
November 29, 2007
My husband met Ralph on the golf course in the last 4 or 5 years. He said that Ralph was a great, kind man and so talented at most every athletic endeavour. He will be missed.
November 29, 2007
To Betty and the Beard family,
All of you are very much in our thoughts today. Ralph was a great person, and we are sorry for your loss. I hope you are comforted in knowing that he is now at peace.
Debbie Young, U of L Athletics
November 29, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 29, 2007
Ralph, we'll miss you here in the bluegrass. A member of one of the greatest dynasties of sports history, and a community icon. RIP Kind sir, bless your soul
November 29, 2007
A CLASS ACT
November 29, 2007
Ralph Thank You For Everything You Did To Help Make The Kentucky Program It Is Today, You Will Be Greatly Missed
November 29, 2007
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May GOD be with the family.
November 29, 2007
R.I.P. you were an inspiration to many, thanks for the memories.. you will be truly missed.
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