1928 - 2013
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Daniel. R., well-known retired professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, died peacefully at his home on July 19, 2013, after an extended illness. He was 84. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth Beaver, and by his infant daughter, Catherine. He is survived by Barbara, his beloved wife of 42 years, his daughter Susan, his sons Daniel (Nina) and William, and seven grandchildren. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, at 1:00 PM at the Norman Chapel in Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daniel Beaver Scholarship Fund at Seven Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, 45226, or The Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., PO Box 548, Montgomery AL 36177. Gwen Mooney Funeral Home (513) 853-1035 will be assisting the family with the arrangements

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Daniel Beaver put me on a path that has brought meaning to my life. I'm grateful.
July 19, 2021
On this Memorial Day, Dr. Beaver, one of the "Greatest Generation" is sorely missed, but never forgotten. Whether for the life lessons he shared with future military officers in his classroom, such as about his cousin in "the Great War" or his own, getting ready to enter a cave in a WW2 Pacific battle, his lessons extended well beyond the textbooks. Full of wisdom, not only did he teach us how to write, but how to evaluate, "Watch what they do, not what they say," which assisted this junior officer in many a JAG investigation. In the end, the life long friendship we shared, rooted in God, Country and Family, said it all.
Michael E. Voto
May 28, 2018
I enjoyed Dr. Beaver's history class. Even more so, I loved his stories. He told us amazing stories, intertwined in his lectures, because, he said, that people are unable to hold attention that long. He kept my attention every time. I was his student in the late 80's, and can remember it like it was yesterday. Seeing blue books always remind me of him. He helped me to see the world a little less biased, than before. I was angry about a book we were assigned to read. His notes, and later conversation broadened my compassion for the opposing side. I am so sorry to hear that he has left this world.
Sherrie Johnson
August 30, 2017
As a freshman, I can remember writing a take-home, essay exam of his the day before it was due. It was in the the Spring quarter and the end of the academic year was upon us. It was one of, if not the, last of my exams and the promise of summer was mere hours away. I had little incentive to do anything other than "watch the clock."

I was lying in bed when a flash of an idea came to me. My essay was completely wrong. I grabbed a spare "blue book" and rushed downstairs to the student lounge on the first floor. I wanted to resist the urge to steal a nap in my dorm room and potentially miss my deadline. It must have been 3 in the morning. Fast forward to the next Fall when I picked up my essay with an 'A' on the cover and some positive thoughts in the margins. He even remembered enough to make a relevant comment to me while handing it over. I loved that guy.

I have applied that experience, along with the general enjoyment of his classes, to more aspects of my life than I probably even realize. It was the right set of circumstances for me. I know he died a few years ago and further, he was out of my life for a full 20 years before that. I still remember him fondly though.
Matthew Moschel
August 2, 2017
I'm sad to hear of Dr. Beaver's passing and thankful that I was lucky enough to have been taught by him at U.C. He was by far my favorite professor of all. He propelled me toward a life of fulfillment. He once told us that in the Army, his sergeant once said to him "Beaver, you'll never make a good soldier. You think too much.". And think he could and think he did. Insights mixed with wisdom and the encouragement that I received from him as his student put me on a higher trajectory, for which I'm still grateful. Smart as he was, I never saw him talk down to anyone.
Barry Johnson
November 13, 2015
He was my advisor and mentor at U.C. A man who accepted neither shallow argument or fuzzy logic. One of the truly positive impact figures in my life both academic and personal. I have been living in Wisconsin and had not heard of his passing until I returned here. A man who will live on through his many friends and students whom he nurtured.
Robert Davis
March 30, 2015
I am sorry to learn of the passing of such a great man. I recently reflected on who has had a strong impact on my life and Dr. Beaver was at the top of that list and that is why I searched the internet for him. I most valued from the history course he taught, not the facts, but the respect he taught for all people. He taught me that all life is valuable. We may disagree with people, but we should respect the other person. It was a new concept for me to hear an American Veteran talking about the respect he had for the opponents on the other side of the war. I thought it was odd for such a learned man to say that he watched the Simpsons. Maybe not always, but at least once because he wanted to understand this generation. He talked of respecting all music and being willing to listen to all music so that we could understand, respect and appreciate other people even if their likes and interests were different from us. I will never forget the life lessons you taught me. I am a better man for having known you.
Kevin Bonecutter
January 11, 2015
Dan Beaver was an excellent, compelling professor and a great individual. I took courses with him in the mid-80s at UC and not only learned important concepts about military history but on how the world works. He also had an important influence on my career as a professor; I learned much from him both attending his lectures and talking to him outside of class.

Back in the day there was a picture of a beaver on the bulletin board outside his office on which someone had written, "The ever crafty beaver." Whenever I have thought of him that came to mind. Crafty in the best sense -- he taught people about life when they thought they were just learning about war. RIP old "ever crafty."
Jim Robbins
April 9, 2014
Dr Beaver inspired countless ROTC students to be better officers. Some of us became teachers too. I had the chance to say thank you to him for getting me started on a fulfilling life. He was my example. After winning my wings, I visited him. He insisted on addressing me by my military rank. I'll never forget knowing I had earned his professional respect. It meant so much to a young officer. My sympathy to the family, and I pray that the memories of your loved one will diminish the pain of your loss. He was a great man.
February 11, 2014
Hey, Dad! I've decided, rather emotionally, to keep your Guest Book online permanently. The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington made me feel your absence very strongly. And I keep thinking I can ring you on the telephone and ask you a question about Syria. I'm back at UC again, and when I walk by McMicken Hall, I look up at your old office window (corner office, very fine), and then I miss you, very much, once again. Dad, I know you hate emotional displays, so I guess I should apologise to you for the permanent online memorial. Sorry, Daddy-o! Love you always, Sister
August 30, 2013
Dan was my mentor in history and the reason I ended up going back to college in the first place. Not only a great scholar and teacher, he treated his students with kindness and dignity. I could not have had a better role model.
Jim Westheider
August 4, 2013
Barb – I am sorry that I could not visit with you in Cincinnati but please know that my heartfelt thoughts are with you during this difficult time and you are in my daily prayers as I ask God to give you the strength to move forward in the days ahead and find comfort in memories. Love, Cousin Polly
Pauline Mowery
July 30, 2013
Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know you will miss him. He was one of my favorite professors at UC, and I still have my textbooks because I enjoyed the class enough to keep the books. Take care, and call me if I can do anything for you. Kathy Birch Laumann
July 29, 2013
To the family of Daniel Beaver: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I realize this is a sad time in the lives of family and friends, may happy memories fill your hearts and mind, and be comforted that we can call on almighty God, and he will give us the strength to cope with our grief. Psalms 55:16.
July 29, 2013
I was in the first class that Dan taught at Taylor HS. He was the first teacher that inspired me to do more than "slide by". He made me think. Griff DeMoss THS class of 1955.
July 28, 2013
To Barbara, So very sorry to hear of your Bill passing.I will be praying for you and Willie and the rest of your family. I miss our days and talks shared in Kennedy Heights, Keep the faith. Always a friend,
Barb Kennedy (former neighbor on Valleyview Avenue)
Barbara Kennedy
July 26, 2013
I'm sorry to hear of Dr. Beaver's passing. I graduated from Withrow HS in Cincy in June of 1958 and took an evening college course in American History from Dr. Beaver at UC that autumn.

I was so impressed with his teaching that I went on to major in History and Political Science at The U. of Central Missouri after a stint in the Air Force.

He was a real gentleman who will be missed.
Jim McAllister
July 26, 2013
Dear Beaver Family,

I am so sorry for your loss! Prof. Beaver made a huge impact on me as young student trying to find his way. Not only was a he a great teacher, but he took time out to speak with me and was so happy to maintain a relationship even after college.

Sending much love,
George Perdikakis
July 26, 2013
To Susan, old UC classmate: SO sorry to hear about your dad. Be kind to each other during this time and take care.
Jack McKee
July 26, 2013
Dan was the first professor I ever sat down with in his office to discuss politics, his feet perched on any nearby object his pipe puffing cherry tobacco held at a jaunty angle. At eighteen, I starting calling him "Dan." He recoiled: "wait until I got my own Ph.D before using his first name." So I did, and he remembered his comment. More than any other teacher I have to thank him, and his brilliant intellect.
July 25, 2013
Dear Barbara and family. Dan was always such a good friend to my father, Tom Hyer, and to our family. I will always be grateful for the interest and compassion he showed to Dad when he was ill. The world has lost a great soul. Ellen Hyer Dougherty
July 25, 2013
I was a student of Prof. Beaver in his HISTORY OF WAR class at UC. He was a great teacher and an intrepid scholar. One of the best classes I had at UC.
-George E. Ferguson, UC'72
July 25, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I'm overseas and cannot make the memorial service; but you will all be in my prayers. Erwin
July 25, 2013
Dan was a good friend and a great neighbor. His life lessons will last for generations. Positive thoughts from our family to yours.
July 24, 2013
My family extends to yours our deepest sympathies.
Martha Campbell
July 24, 2013
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