Dr. Richard A. Beauchamp Ph.D.
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Dr. Richard A. Beauchamp, PhD

Norfolk - Richard A. Beauchamp died from complications of Parkinson's Disease on Friday, December 23, 2016. He was at home and at peace, surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Meekins Beauchamp and other family and friends. In addition to his wife Richard is survived by son John Beauchamp, daughter Shannon Beauchamp, step-sons Homer McNeely, Andrew McNeely, and Evan Lightner (Kate), grandchildren Aaron Beauchamp, Matthew Beauchamp, Desmond Moffie, Rowan Lightner, brothers Wallace (Louise), Steve (Nita), and numerous friends. He was the son of the late Reverend Luke Granberry Beauchamp and Marjorie Clifton Beauchamp.

Richard's education was extensive with a B.A. from Randolph Macon College, an M.Div from Yale University School of Theology, and a PhD in Ethics from Duke University.

He was always a prodigious reader, devouring books like candy. He loved music as well, enjoying the cultural opportunities available during his last active years in downtown Norfolk. For most of his life, he particularly enjoyed the mountains, hiking many trails with friends and family. He continued to love camping in spite of a memorable encounter with a bear who wished to separate him from his sleeping bag. The bear had a change of heart. In his last years Richard enjoyed the less adventurous treats of reading books while watching the ocean at the Outer Banks.

Kind and patient, a gentleman in the truest sense of gentle man, he valued civility and courtesy. He was tolerant of differing opinions. For himself he valued independence and self-reliance to a fault, but he was unfailingly willing to help others. He was not combative by nature, but he took an early courageous stance for civil rights and insisted that all be treated with respect. His deep devotion led him to many positions of service in his church.

Richard was a man of considerable intellect. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, he won many scholarships and awards, and produced many publications. Yet he best fitted Chaucer's description of the Clerk: "And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach." With a number of talents, he proved himself able in several careers which were crowned by 22 years at Christopher Newport University, where he became a tenured Professor of Philosophy. A lecturer of humor and grace, Dr. Beauchamp had a vocabulary that both awed students and encouraged them to stretch their own. He was a longtime favorite instructor for CNU's Lifelong Learning Society and served the university in many other capacities.

The joy of his life was philosophical discussion. In frequent national and international trips to professional conferences he delighted in exploring ideas with colleagues interested in Personalist Philosophy. He always brought clarity to conversations and coherence to thought. After retirement, as long he was able, he enjoyed leading philosophical and theological study groups, intellectual stimulation for adults.

Richard faced an especially cruel disease with a valiant spirit. He made the long passage through Parkinson's with grace and courage, coping with the disease in a matter-of-fact uncomplaining way. Finally, he was grateful for the help of a number of wonderful caregivers and the services of Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater. He will be sorely missed as he now goes with God.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507. Contributions in his honor can be made to the church. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 27, 2016.
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January 21, 2017
May the God of all comfort continue to be with you through this time in your life.
January 9, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
A. H.
January 5, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
A. H.
January 4, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
January 3, 2017
Richard was a dear friend: loving, helpful, gentle, wise, warm, and thoughtful. I will never forget how he just showed up to help me move one Saturday in Denbigh.

I have been so blessed to have known him.

He will always reside among my happy memories.

Linda Lacy Orlando
January 3, 2017
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January 3, 2017
Shannon and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounded like a fascinating man with many amazing life experiences. I'm praying for comfort and peace for your family.
Jenny Brewer
January 2, 2017
Richard was my pastor many years ago at Asbury United Methodist in Newport News. My prayers are with his family.
Ruth Walker
January 2, 2017
I'm very sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a loved one in death, may Our Heavenly Father give you the comfort and strength, peace that you need now and in the days ahead. John 6:40
January 2, 2017
My condolences to the family during this very difficult time of your lives. May God give you comfort.
2 Cor. 1:3-5.
January 2, 2017
Please accept my sympathies. Know that "the Father of tender mercies feel your pain and sorrow. Isaiah 61:1,2 reads: "He sent me (Jesus Christ) to bind up the brokenhearted,... and To comfort all who mourn, ..."
December 31, 2016
As A Doctor life was precious. So sorry for your lost. There will be a time when all will see
Richard again.
Ps 36:9
December 29, 2016
Richard, my friend, I will always remember you as a calm yet passionate man; a man who was a listener as well as teacher; a wise man with humor; a man whose friendship I will always cherish. Fair winds...
Robert Turner
December 27, 2016
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December 27, 2016
Dear Aunt Mary, John, Shannon, Evan, Homer, Andrew and entire family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your loving husband, father, stepfather and grandfather.
Uncle Richard was always so friendly at all our family get togethers.
One of my fondest and earliest memories of Uncle Richard, was with his brothers, twin Uncle Wallace, and Steve, the three of them singing opera together, and harmonizing so beautifully, resounding throughout the house from the basement they were singing in. I'd never heard such strong singing voices. It was quite memorable for me as a child. They were all blessed with great voices!
We were all blessed to know him and I know he was blessed with your loving care all the way through to the end of this life. Hopefully, there will be a cure for Parkinson's Disease someday soon! I'm so sorry Uncle Richard was affected so severely.
Thinking of you all with love and prayers for the loss of your husband and father, and grandfather.
Kristi and Bob Wilson
December 27, 2016
Shannon, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Reading the words written about him lets us all know how much he will be missed by his family and his world. Sending hugs and prayers for your comfort and peace at this time. Valerie
Valerie Rigdon
December 27, 2016
Sorry to hear Richard passed away we will keep the family in our prays
Gilmer and Faye Beauchamp
December 27, 2016
My Uncle Richard was a kind man who I will remember being very smart and poised. May his soul rest in peace.
Brecca Theele
December 27, 2016
So grateful my dear brother is no longer suffering. He has now joined our parents and brother Gary with the angels.

Steve Beauchamp
Steve Beauchamp
December 27, 2016
It was a pleasure having Dr. Beauchamp as one of my professors at Christopher Newport University. He was tough, but fair and highly knowledgeable in both Philosophy and Religion.Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
December 27, 2016
Dr. Beauchamp was a "natural" when it came to teaching. I've often credited him with my strong understanding of the principles of logic and of general philosophies. I hope I've been able to pass on much of what he taught me decades ago.
Katherine Robeson
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