Gilbert Lawrence Beebower
Aged 79, long-term resident of New York City, he died peacefully on October 25, 2013. Born January 20, 1934 in Upland to parents, Lawrence and Alice Beebower, he is survived by two sisters, Carol Meeks (Kenneth) and Janet Scott (Dr. Richard), nephews, Michael Meeks (Julie) and David Lawrence, niece Marilyn Haley preceded him in death; grand-niece, Lauren Meeks and grand-nephew, Kevin Meeks; nieces Tania Scott and Tracy Scott Edwards (David); grand-nieces Leslie Hudson and Rebecca Nydell (Tim) and grand-nephew Garth Haley; and four great-grand-nieces and four great-grand-nephews. After graduating from Chaffey High in 1951, Gil graduated from Caltech with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry in 1955 and joined the Air Force for two years. After working in California for several years as a rocket scientist, he then moved into the world of investments, working for the Funds Evaluation group of A.G. Becker, O'Brien Associates, James H. Oliphant and Company, and the Planning Research Corporation, before becoming E.V.P. of the "think tank" of SEI Investments, the Advanced Investment Concepts division. A member of the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms (The Brady Commission) in 1987, he also conducted investment-related studies for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and performed work for the New York, American, Hong Kong, and Singapore stock exchanges. Gil's seminal contributions to the investment community were recognized most recently with the IMCA's 2013 Matthew R. McArthur Award for his pioneering work on asset allocation. Gil loved life and he lived his to the fullest. A Caltech Lifetime Athletic Pass recipient, an honor earned through four years of varsity tennis letters, Gil remained active throughout his life, travelling extensively while blending his love of photography and bird-watching. A beloved brother, uncle, and friend, Gil was known for his passion for the arts, his quick wit and remarkable intelligence, and the joy he brought to everything he did. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. A memorial service was held at St. James Episcopal Church in NYC.
A memorial service will be held at Sunrise Church annex, 1355 W. 5th St, Ontario on Thurs., Dec. 12 at 4 pm.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Dec. 1, 2013