William Andrews Beebe passed away at home early in the morning on Oct. 2, 2016. Bill was born on May 11, 1935 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Mae and Edwin Beebe.
His formative years were spent in Vermont and Maine, where he graduated from Orono High school in 1953. After that he moved back to Burlington, attended the University of Vermont and earned a B.S. in technology, finishing in 1957. While at school he met Katharine Laura Fernald (Kay); they were engaged on graduation eve and married on March 8, 1958. After a honeymoon trip to Aspen for skiing, they continued on to Las Vegas, Nevada where Bill immediately began his Air Force tour of duty. Here their first son Christopher was born in September of 1959. Anticipating Bill's deployment to Shemya Island, Alaska on the Bearing Sea, they loaded up the Studebaker Lark and drove east. Kay and Chris stayed first with her parents in Verona, New Jersey and then with Bill's parents in Burlington, Vermont where early in 1961 their second son Michael was born. As soon as his Air Force service, operating a radar facility, was finished, Bill returned to New England and resigned from the military.
The new family moved to Watertown, Massachusetts, where Bill enrolled in the Harvard Business School, graduating with an MBA in 1963. From there, it was back to the greater New York area where Bill was employed by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Kay was employed feeding and chasing two increasingly active young men. After about three years, Bill accepted a position as chief financial officer at a then small company called Dunkin' Donuts in the Boston area and the family moved to Scituate, Massachusetts. Several years later he went on to work and consult for a variety of small, struggling high tech companies in the Boston area, focusing his talents towards reorganizing management strategies.
Kay and Bill lived on the South Shore for the next 35 years, until Kay got her long standing wish to relocate to Montana, where she could be closer to her new grandsons. In the autumn of 2000, they settled in Bozeman, where Bill eased into retirement. Bill lived an active life; he loved to ski, play tennis, hike, fish and garden. He always read a lot, and as he grew older, he spent more and more time in the kitchen, making dishes from his ever-growing cookbook and recipe collection. He will be long remembered for his quick wit, common sense and devotion to his family.
Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Mae, and his son Mike, Bill is survived by his sister Nancy, his other son Chris and three grandchildren; Ava, Fergus and Max. A quiet, family memorial celebration is planned for Thanksgiving Day, his favorite holiday.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 20, 2016