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.