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BEACH The Rev. PETER ERNEST MILTON BEACH August 2, 1928 - April 18, 2014 On April 18, 2014, Peter Ernest Milton Beach of Rockville, MD, peacefully passed away at his home. He was 85. He is survived by his children, daughter Janina Beach-Ward and son-in-law Brian of Danville, VT and son Christopher Beach and daughter-in-law Linda of Olney, MD; his nieces, Hillary Farley of Chepstow Wales, Debra Raimondi of Milan Italy, and Rosalyn Keenan of Crediton England. He is also survived by his cousin, Dorothy Caprides of Marina Di Carrara Italy, and his sister-in-laws, Peta Spaul of Puritan England, and Rachael Oliver of Llanfallteg, Wales. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years Janine Yvonne Beach of Rockville, Maryland and his Brother Hugh Beach of Charmouth England. The youngest of two children, Peter was born on August 2, 1928 in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated in 1948 from Newbold College, Berkshire, England with a degree in theology, where he met Janine and later married in 1950. Peter immediately began his first career as a missionary with his wife in Egypt and later India. Due to a brief but positive stay in 1956 in the U.S. between assignments in Egypt and India to continue studies at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD. Peter chose to immigrate with his wife and children to the U.S. in 1961 and begin a new life and career. Initially, he found work first as a teacher and then as principal at The Barrie School in Takoma Park, MD which was soon followed by the start of his 30 year career as a Civil Servant with the U.S. Government. Peter's Federal career began during the "Great Society' programs for the "War on Poverty' during the Johnson Administration. During that time he attained the position of Branch Chief in Job Corps and later was assigned to a special White House committee to address the needs of the returning Vietnam Veteran during the Nixon Administration. After one final overseas tour as Deputy Country Director for Peace Corps in Tunisia 1971 - 1974, Peter returned to his last assignment as Director of Veteran Affairs in the Office of the Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His work focused on attending to the needs of the Vietnam Veteran (Agent Orange) and Gulf War Veteran. An energetic administrator, special assignments during this time included an assignment to the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities as Federal Representative for Disabled Veterans. Upon retiring in 1996 Peter found himself slowly drawn back to the Church and coming full circle was serving as Assistant Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Olney, MD upon his death. He will be remembered as one who lived life to the fullest. Funeral Services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney, MD on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow directly at Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tibetan Children's Village School in India, School No. C-23009 in Suja, Dharamsala. Contributions can be made through St. John's Episcopal Church with a notation that the donation is in memory of Peter. An alternate charity would be the Montgomery County Humane Society. Read Notice
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