NORTHFIELD - William F. Beatty, commander, U.S. Navy (retired), died on June 16, 2014, at the age of 88, at his home in Northfield, Vermont, surrounded by his loving wife, Theresa, and his 10 children, and the thoughts and prayers of all his grandchildren and countless other family members and friends near in spirit.
Born on June 26, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill was the oldest child of William H. and Emily Foster Beatty. The family moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September of that year, where Bill attended parochial schools, developed his lifelong affinity for the beach, and graduated from Holy Spirit High School in June 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy to become a pilot in April of 1943, returned home as a Reservist to complete high school, and then began active duty in September. After duty assignments in the Carolinas and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, he entered flight training. Bill completed the program on June 6, 1947, was commissioned as an ensign, and received his "Wings of Gold" as a naval aviator. The next day, June 7, 1947, he and Theresa M. Kelly, his high school sweetheart, also of Atlantic City, were united in marriage at the Catholic Chapel, NAS Pensacola, Florida.
Cmdr. Beatty served as a naval aviator in a variety of posts, including patrol duty from NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island; as a flight instructor at the NAS Corpus Christi, Texas; as operations officer and plane squadron commander from NAS Brunswick, Maine; and many other sea and shore duty assignments. He was a member of the first naval squadron to fly missions over Russia during the Cold War. He retired from the Navy in June 1966. Cmdr. Beatty received both bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Cmdr. Beatty accepted a position as assistant professor of economics at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He served Norwich for 24 years as a professor, the commandant of cadets, dean of students, executive assistant to the president, head of the Division of Business and Management, and chairman, Department of Computer Science and Business, until his retirement from Norwich on June 30, 1990.
Bill was a tremendously loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His fondest interests were of his family, their activities and accomplishments. He attended countless Little League baseball games, swim meets, and basketball, hockey, lacrosse and soccer games. He was always there for his wife and his entire family. He will be thoroughly and sorely missed.
Cmdr. Beatty is survived and will forever by loved and remembered by Theresa, his wife of 67 years, and his children, Michael and wife Clara, of Millville, New Jersey; William Jr. and wife Lee, of Clifton Park, New York; Catherine, of Coventry, Connecticut; Peter and wife Nancy Kendrick, of Andover, Massachusetts; Glenn and wife Kathy Costello, of Jericho, Vermont; Christine and husband Dr. Richard Cambria, of Milton, Massachusetts; Patrick and wife Kathy Behan, of Sudbury, Massachusetts; Mary and husband John Glucksman, of Standish, Maine; Rose, of Northfield, Vermont; John and wife MaryPat, of Westford, Massachusetts. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Rose Pallitto, of Atlantic City, and two sisters, Sister Marianne Beatty, Sister of Mercy, Glenside, Pennsylvania, and Faith Crowe and her husband, Pat, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his sister Lois.
Bill is also survived by 30 grandchildren: Patricia and husband Justin, Christopher and wife Kelly, Catherine, Emily, Diana, Maureen and husband Lenny, Timothy and wife Patty, Jessie, Stacy and husband Timm, Sarah and husband Chris, Kelly and husband Matt, Connor, Hannah, Joseph, Molly, Andrew and wife Sarah, Justin and wife Heydi, Daniel and wife Lindsey, Matthew, Julia, Cullen, Brendan, Taryn, Mary-Eileen, Jackson, Eli, Evan, Derek, Megan and Olivia. His surviving 10 great-grandchildren are: Liam, Sydney, William, Cecelia, Emerson, Josie, Sean, Natalie, Sadie and Felix.
He also leaves great friends Barry and Connie Mynter, Sally Buckley, Frank and Diane Vanecek and many wonderful neighbors on Stagecoach Road.
Thanks to Father Dwight and parishioners of St. John's for prayers, food and kindnesses. Special thanks to loving caregivers Alicia, Kathy, Juvy, Allen, Tiffany, son Glenn and grandson Jackson. Many thanks to Bill and Theresa's children who visited when they could during his illness.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, Northfield, Vermont. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield, Vermont, followed by interment at the VA Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont.
Those who wish may send a memorial contribution to St. John's Catholic Church, Northfield, Vermont, or to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice agency.
Kingston Funeral Home
35 Slate Ave Northfield, VT 05663
Published in Times Argus on June 19, 2014