October 14, 1930 ~ February 17, 2011
Harvey Morton Beigel
October 14, 1930 - February 17, 2011
Harvey M. Beigel, 80, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011, at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes. His death was due to complications from a stroke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth.
Harvey was born and spent almost his entire life in the Southern California area. He was a graduate of Hamilton High School and received a BA from Cal State University Los Angeles and an MA from USC.
He was a life-long educator, serving as a history teacher to thousands of students at Willowbrook Junior High School, Venice High School, and Los Angeles City College, and was justly proud of his role in bringing the Advanced Placement college credit program for high school students to the area.
A long time musician, he played clarinet and saxophone in a number of Air Force bands while performing his military service during the Korean War. He remained an active musician up until the time of his death.
Harvey had a passion for historical research, and wrote a number of well-received books on the US Navy. Perhaps his most popular book was "Battleship Country", an account of the US Navy battle fleet based in San Pedro Bay prior to World War 2.
No mention of his life would be complete without remembering "The Sturdy", the 20-foot powerboat he owned from 1972-1978. Many were the happy hours we all spent fishing out by the Cabrillo Beach breakwater or the Palos Verdes coast, or the (not so happy) hours afterward, cleaning the decks from stem to stern. There was always a trip to McDonald's on the way home, with Harvey buying hamburgers for all the fishermen or water skiers who had done their share in getting the boat in tip-top shape for its next voyage.
He is survived by his sons, Richard and Bill, and daughter-in-law, Dawn, and grandchildren, Jimmy and Linda.
A donation to any Alzheimer's Disease research group in Harvey's memory would be greatly appreciated.
A Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday February 26, 2010 at 10am, followed by a reception in the Lighthouse Room until 1pm.
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