JOHN ROGERSON BEATON
Dr. John Rogerson Beaton, 86, of Laurel, Maryland passed away on December 21, 2011 at Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, Maryland. John began his career as a medical researcher with the Defense Research Board in Canada. He then joined the faculties of the University of Western Ontario as a professor, the University of Hawaii as a department chairman, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay as Dean of the Colleges, retiring from the University of Maryland at College Park as the Dean of Human Ecology.
John served in the Canadian Navy during World War II
as a radar operator on HMCS Huron including the infamous Murmansk run. For many years during his young adulthood, John was the drummer for the Boyd Valleau orchestra. In his later years, he was an avid golfer.
John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Beaton; two sons, John Beaton of London, Ontario, Canada and Eric Beaton of Green Bay, Wisconsin; two daughters, Catharine Pagan of Laurel, Maryland and Barbara Carlson of Beloit, Wisconsin; one brother, George H. Beaton of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 13 grand-children and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorcas Kane.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fleck Funeral Home, 7601 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John's name to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.