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Gloria Patricia "Pat" Beckman
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1933
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Aug., 2011
Corona del Mar
Orange County
California, USA

Gloria Patricia (Pat) Beckman, 78, died at her home in Corona Del Mar, CA in August 2011.

Pat was born March 7, 1933 in New York City and lived briefly in Chicago before moving to California with her family at age three. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Arnold O. and Mabel M. Beckman.

Pat earned her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Mills College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Cal State Los Angeles. She worked as an Occupational Therapist and RN for many years.

Pat was the founding president and member of the Orange County chapter of the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scholars) and also sat on the boards of the Chicago, Colorado and Pittsburgh chapters.

She was an active board member of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a lifetime trustee of the California Institute of Technology as well as a board member of the Caltech Chemical and Chemical Engineering Division.

She was also a member of the UCI Nursing Program Leadership Council and had served earlier on the UCLA School of Nursing Advisory Board.

Pat was an avid traveler and spent weeks and months at a time on her adventures around the world.

She loved nature and hiking, gardening, reading, and most of all encouraging young people in their pursuit of science and education.

She was a quiet but very generous philanthropist. There are hundreds if not thousands of people she affected with her generosity and kindness.

Pat was loved by her family and her many friends, she will be missed.

She is survived by her brother, nephews Arnold W. Beckman and his wife Pamela, Kurt D. Beckman and his wife Cambria, three grand-nephews, Nicholas, James, and Jake Beckman, and one grand-niece, Ashley White. There is also a large network of close family members who will miss her greatly.

Memorial services are pending and will be announced soon.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on September 11, 2011. 
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Sep 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76307635

- Ryan D. Curtis
 Added: Sep. 10, 2011

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