|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1944|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2011|
San Diego County
Bruce had a great passion for dance, music, drama and visual art, and enjoyed a long and wonderful career in the arts.
Bruce was born to Milo and Marjorie Beers on April 8, 1944 in Santa Monica, Ca. He received a BA in Finance from California State University, Fullerton, and an MFA in Theater Management from UCLA.
His experience in the arts began in the 1970s when he served as Director of the Oklahoma City Arts Council, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Festival and General Manager of the Repertory Dance Theater at the University of Utah. He resided in Utah for 20 years, and served as President of Local 99, from 1992 - 1994 in Salt Lake City. He continued his membership in Local 99 and worked with UTP Group, Inc. of Salt Lake City until his death. He worked at the Salt Palace Arena for six years, and worked on a multitude of movies filmed in Moab, Utah during his years in Salt Lake City.
Bruce moved back to California in 1994. He was employed by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido from its inception through 2002, as Director of Center Operations. Along with his wife, Susan McLaughlin, he was part owner of The Lillian Berkley Collection, a fine art gallery in Escondido, from 1999 - 2007.
It was always Bruce's dream to move to a small community where he could run a community theater and program an eclectic mix of shows with a focus on dance. This dream was fulfilled over the last eight years, when he opened and served as Theater Manager at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Susan McLaughlin of Fallbrook; his son, Brian and Adriana Beers, his stepson, Anthony McLaughlin, his daughter in-law, Meagan Logan-Beers, his brother, Bob and Vanessa Beers, and his sister, Mary and Steve Pond. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Briana and Bryn Beers, Dylan and Myla Beers, and Forrest and Richard McLaughlin, as well as several nieces and nephews. Bruce is predeceased by his father and mother; and his son, Graham Ramsey Beers.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on September 25, 2011.
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
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