Dr. Thomas “Tom” G. Beall, O.D. of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Plano, Texas, passed away on December 10, 2020.
Dr. Beall was born on June 12, 1925 in a farmhouse near Myra, Texas, west of Gainesville, Texas to Gerald and Novene Beall.
Tom is survived by his wife Jean Douglas Beall; grandsons Austin and Spencer and their families, son Kevin Foley, his wife Melissa, grandson Drake and granddaughter Madison; daughter Catherine and her husband David Berry; sister Jimmie Baden; brother Ronnie Beall and his wife Majel; as well as nieces, nephews and loved ones.
Tom graduated from Gainesville High School and attended Cooke County Junior College before entering the United States NAVY in 1943. Tom served in the South Pacific on board the USS PRESIDENT ADAMS, a troop ship, which had been converted from a luxury liner at the beginning of World War II. The ship carried the Third and Fifth Marine Division on many invasions including Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima and the Philippines. His tour of duty also included several reinforcement landings at Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Russell Islands and the Marshall Islands.
Upon returning from duty, Tom enrolled at Southern Methodist University in the pre-med program. Upon completion he then attended and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his Doctor of Optometry in June 1950. Dr. Beall began his private practice in Dallas in 1950 and moved to Plano,Texas in 1964. He practiced there for 48 years until retiring in 1998.
Dr. Beall was always interested in post graduate education, and as such, he was a founding member of the Southwest Contact Lens society and was among the first to prescribe contact lenses in Dallas in 1950. He was also a founding member of the Southwest Council of Optometry. He served on the board of both organizations and served as president of both as well. He was a member of North Texas Optometric Society, Texas Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association.
In retirement Tom was active in golf and various social groups. He organized a neighborhood golf/dinner group called “Golf in the Hood” which he particularly enjoyed. Tom and his wife Jean enjoyed their many friendships made both before and during retirement. He could spark up a conversation with just about anyone and was often heard laughing and enjoying life. Tom was delighted to spend time with his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed.
He will have a military burial service in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Ft Hood, Killeen, Texas.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to World War II museum in New Orleans at https://secure3.convio.net/nw2m/site/Donation2?8056.donation=form1&df_id=8056
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