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  • "I was a volunteer at Tell Jemmeh in the summer of 1973. It..."
    - Deborah Gentry
  • "Gus was a wonderful man. I worked for him in Isreal after..."
    - Robin Hadl-Milgram
  • "Ora and family, May all your rich memories sustain you...."
  • "In your sadness, may there be hope... In your thoughts, may..."
    - Laukisha Benton
  • "Ora, Our heartfelt love and admiration for all your..."
    - Julie VanBeek
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Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD



Curator of Old World Archaeology in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
Died on Monday, August 20, 2012. His previous marriages to Dorothy Bystrom and to Alice Colyn Warren ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ora Van Beek of Pittsburgh, PA; three sons from his second marriage, John and Stephen of Fairfax Station, VA and Christopher of Lorton Station, VA; six grandchildren; and three stepchildren, Amir, Daniel, and Timna Pilch. Funeral Service at The Village at Rockville Chapel, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD, on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. with Interment to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD. Contributions in his memory may be made to Johns Hopkins University, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Office of External Affairs, Attn: Dan Luperchio, 3400 N. Charles St., Wyman Building, Suite 500W, Baltimore, MD 21218. Please make note that the gift should be designated to the William Foxwell Albright Chair in Memory of Gus Van Beek. Or online and write "Albright Chair in Memory of Gus Van Beek" as the designation or by phone, call Krieger School Office of External Affairs at 410-516-8722.

Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, 2012
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