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Jeffrey Fulton Beatty ’72

Jeffrey Fulton Beatty ’72, December 20, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts, from leukemia. Jeffrey attended Reed for a year and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He was a truly remarkable individual, whose passions were well supported by his versatility as an artist and scholar. He was a dancer, a lawyer, a teacher, and a playwright, as well as a devoted husband and father. Jeffrey began dancing at Sarah Lawrence College and performed with the Sandra Neels Dance Company and the Connecticut Ballet. While dancing professionally, he met Annabel King Winston; they married in 1982, and raised two daughters in a creative and loving home. While his wife pursued a dancing career, Jeffrey completed a JD at Boston University. He worked 10 years with Greater Boston Legal Services, and practiced law with the firm of Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Management, where he developed the school's business law concentration and coauthored a series of textbooks, Business Law and the Legal Environment. Boston University twice awarded him the Beckwith Prize, the highest undergraduate teaching award, and he was the recipient of the 2007 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the university's highest honor. His plays, performed in England and in the U.S., included A Change in the Moon (1985), Convictions (1990), The Funhouse Mirror (1999), and Scam (2000). From his public obituary, we read that the breadths of his talents, achievements, and wit were unparalleled. He went out of his way for his students and his colleagues, and was articulate, kind, and charismatic in the most genuine way. Survivors include his family, his sister, and two brothers.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2010

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