Dr. Benjamin Louis Beatus Jr.
1936 - 2021
Canale Funeral Directors
2700 Union Avenue Extended
Memphis, TN
Benjamin Louis Beatus, Jr., MD, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to many, passed away peacefully at his home September 7, 2021, at the age of 84. He was born in Memphis, TN September 21, 1936, to the late Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Louis Beatus, Sr.

Ben planted his roots in Memphis for his lifetime after attending Tulane University and University of Tennessee Health Sciences where he attained his medical degree. He completed his psychiatry residency in Kansas City and then proudly served our country as a Captain in the Air Force at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida during the Vietnam War. Upon his return from the military, he began a successful private practice in psychiatry for over 50 years.

Ben had a strong commitment to his community and dedicated his life to having a positive impact on it. He served on numerous community boards including Temple Israel, Memphis Jewish Community Center, and Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab. Following his retirement, he continued to serve the community through his work as a volunteer at ChurchHealth Services within the Behavioral Health division.

Generous and kind, his life was complete with his wife by his side every step of the way. Ben and Sandra Loskovitz Beatus, who preceded him in death, were married for 54 years and led a beautiful, rich life. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and above all else, a constant joy of spending time with their children and grandchildren. They relished being surrounded by their family and friends.

Ben also had many personal passions and interests, and he found time to indulge them all. An advocate for fitness, Ben enjoyed skiing, boating, and tennis. A self-motivated and conscientious lifelong learner, Ben enjoyed world history and could always be found reading a book for personal or professional enjoyment. His lifelong learning led him to traveling the world, speaking the native language, listening to the native music, and exploring the land and its culture. No travel destination was too far to dream of visiting by car, plane, or boat. And upon his return home, he would proudly share his adventures with family and friends allowing others to live through his experiences.

He leaves behind a legacy of love, a heritage of gratitude, and the lessons of a life well-lived.

Ben is lovingly remembered by his sons Dr. Mitchell Beatus (Tracey Smith) and Todd Beatus (Kirsten Plonner Beatus), grandchildren Cody Beatus, Ellie Beatus, Laken Lomax and Sydney Smith; sister-in-law Myrna and brother-in-law Myron Thomas, brother-in-law Lewis and sister-in-law Debra Loskovitz, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins; all who will dearly miss his smile and gentle spirit.

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10 AM in the Levy-Cooper Chapel at the Temple Israel Cemetery, 1708 Hernando Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38106. For those in attendance masks and social distancing are required.

Due to limited seating during Covid in the Levy-Cooper Chapel, you are encouraged to stream the service live at: https://timemphis.org/watch-live/

Shiva will be hosted by the family via Zoom on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 3 to 4 PM CT. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89472115570

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ben's name to Temple Israel General Fund or the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab, ChurchHealth, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Published by The Daily Memphian on Sep. 9, 2021.
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I just learned of Dr Beatus´ passing today. Dr Beatus was the kindest person I have ever known, and he cared for me during a very long difficult period in my life. I have never found another psychiatrist with the same level of care since his retirement years ago, but I am fine with the medication program he established for me. My condolences to his family, and I am so sorry I did not have the opportunity to honor him at his funeral service.
Alice Brock
September 24, 2021
Dr Beattus was my doctor through Church Health. He was one of the kindest men I've ever known! I often told him how much I appreciated his help and his kindness. He was truly a God-send! I was so scared when I lost my insurance, but as soon as I met Dr. Beattus I knew I was going to be ok. I just found out about his passing today.
Sherry Little
September 23, 2021
I am saddened to hear about Ben's passing. He made my life better than it was; condolences go out to his family and friends.
David Suiter
September 22, 2021
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I worked with Dr. B for over twenty years at BMH. It was always a pleasure to have a conversation with him. Many great memories.
Brenda Smart Fryar
September 12, 2021
Dr. Beatus had a significant impact on me during my nurses training at BMH (70-82). He took time to read what the nurses wrote on the patients chart and would acknowledge what he had read by writing his initial "B" beside the notes. That one small gesture helped me to realize the importance of being accurate and thorough in my charting and that has stayed with me throughout my career. Prayers for you all.
Becky Crisp Netusil, RN
September 11, 2021
Ben was a gem of a person. First he was my doctor and later my friend. He was kind and good and so smart. I know he loved all of you and spoke of you all. Kathy, I know you were like a daughter to him because he talked about you whenever I talked about my nieces and nephews. He was so proud of his sons and loved being a grandfather. Because of Ben I had a much better and happier life than I would have without him. May his memory be for a blessing and as Micah said, " live through you." We will all miss him, his gentle way, his smile and his ability to see people for who they are and help. Sincerely, Harriet Bensman
Harriet Bensman
September 10, 2021
My deepest sympathy to family and friends. I worked several years at his medical group and enjoyed many lively conversations and his memories of travels with Sandra, his lovely wife. RIP, I know you will be missed.
Nanci stroud
September 9, 2021
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