|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1874|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1958|
Brig. Gen. Joseph William Beacham Jr. was the son of Joseph William Beacham Sr. and Mary H. Dovey of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He was the grandson of Joseph and Harriet J. Phillips Beacham and John J. and Catherine Cresswell Dovey, all of Pennsylvania. His siblings included John Dovey Beacham, Harriet Phillips "Hattie" Beacham Adams, Mary H Beacham Driggs, James F. Beacham, Edna Beacham Tredennick, and Margaret "Bessie" Beacham Wright. Brig. Gen. Joseph William Beacham Jr. was married to Bernadette Monica Herman and had no children.
His obit is as follows:
The New York Times
29 Jul 1958
Joseph Beacham, Retired General
Eisenhower's Football Coach at West Point Dies - Served in 1898 and World War I
Brig. Gen. Joseph W. Beacham, U. S. A., retired, who was President Eisenhower's football coach at West Point, died yesterday in Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, after a long illness. He was 84 years old.
General Beacham, a native of Brooklyn, played football for Cornell University from 1893 to 1896. he played end. As a senior he was captain of the team and also of the baseball team.
It was in 1911 that he was Cadet Eisenhower's coach. The two met for the first time since West Point days in 1953, when the President and Mrs. Eisenhower entertained 1,700 sick and disabled veterans and service men and women on the White House grounds. The President's most enthusiastic greeting was for General Beacham. As the former coach approached, assisted by a nurse, the President placed an arm over his shoulders and asked, "Oh, brother, are you as tough as you used to be?" Then they chatted.
General Beacham received a law degree from Cornell in 1897 but never practiced law. He enlisted in the Army in 1898. He received a Silver Star for gallantry in action in the Philippines and was promoted to acting first sergeant for bravery at the fall of Manilla. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1899.
In World War I he served in France as a colonel and won the Distinguished Service Medal for his work as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Forty-second Division. Later in the war he was Chief of Staff of the sixth Division. General Beacham retired in 1938 and was promoted to brigadier general on the retired list in 1940.
On Feb. 9, 1894, he was one of the twenty-eight Cornell undergraduates who signed a pledge "to meet at the Hotel Waldorf at 8 o'clock on the evening of Feb. 9, 1900, if health permits." They met in 1900 and every five years thereafter at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel here for dinner. The general attended his last reunion in 1950, when three men appeared.
He had been a member of the Lambs and the Cornell and New York Athletic clubs.
The general's wife, Mrs. Bernadette Herman Beacham, died in 1948. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary H. Driggs of Brooklyn and Mrs. Margaret Wright of Chappaqua, N. Y.
Bernadette Herman Beacham (____ - 1948)
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 11, Site 858
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Record added: Mar 29, 2009
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