Southern Nazarene University (SNU) remembers the life and legacy of longtime chemistry professor and academic administrator for SNU, Dr. W. Don Beaver. Dr. Beaver went peacefully to his heavenly home on September 29, 2014 at the age of 90.
Following graduation from Bethany Peniel College (now SNU), Don pursued graduate studies and earned his M.S. and then a Ph.D in chemistry from Oklahoma State University. He joined the BPC faculty in 1948 and rose through the ranks to Chemistry Dept. Chair, and later Chair of the Science Division. During his career at SNU he served in a number of administrative positions, most notably as Vice President and Academic Dean from 1978 until his retirement from full-time service in 1991. During his years at SNU, Don was instrumental in the launch of a Nursing program, an Adult Studies Program for working adults and the Tulsa Center Adult Studies programs. After his retirement, SNU honored Don’s unwavering service and exceptional scholarship by naming its science building the “W. Don Beaver Science Building.”
“Dr. Beaver was a wonderful colleague and friend,” said Dr. Loren Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University, “SNU exists because of persons such as Dr. Don.”
Dr. Beaver is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dr. Joy Beaver, his daughter Gina McGarry (Mike) and their children, Erin and Matthew Don; and daughter, Jill Beaver and her children, Xiaochun and Mei.
The funeral service for Dr. Beaver was held at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene on Friday, October 3, 2014. The family has designated memorials to the W. Don Beaver Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southern Nazarene University, Attn: Office of University Advancement.
A detailed Life Legacy can be found Life Legacy of Dr. W. Don Beaver.
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Posted on Fri, October 3, 2014
by Eunice Trent