Beardsley, George Bostwick

It seems the only thing that shows the late Mr. Beardsley was ever in the Coast Guard comes from this "final entry" of the Dartmouth College Alumni listing.  A brief one or two sentences shows that Beardsley attended OCS and had orders to SEBAGO at Mobile. None of his obituary notices even mention that he served, so it's obvious he and his family felt his Coast Guard service wasn't even a footnote in his life. 


The following is the Dartmouth alumni listing: 

George B. Beardsley
Denver, CO
Date of Death: 08/08/2011
George Bostwick Beardsley passed away on August 8, 2011, after a months-long battle with cancer. At Dartmouth, George was a member of Theta Delta Chi, where he was Rushing Chairman, and the Dragon senior honorary society. He was a four-year member of the Newman Club and D.O.C. Growing up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he applied his skiing skills on the Ski Team and the Ski Patrol. He received a master’s degree in city planning at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina.
After Dartmouth, George had a distinguished career in city planning and commercial development and land conservation. He was heavily involved in the development of Vail, Copper Mountain and Waterville Valley ski areas. Bill “Moose” Morton ’59 remembers George as “a remarkable man-someone of unusual breadth, depth and capabilities. He was a leader - a brilliant, strong, disciplined and creative force. He led and participated with contagious enthusiasm and a sharp sense of humor. It was a privilege to have been his friend, ski partner for over fifty years and his fraternity brother and classmate. 
Jerry Wunderlich ’59 attended George’s memorial service and wrote: “It was an emotionally and physically draining experience, but uplifting at the same time.” Paul Egner ‘59 served with George in their USCG OCS course and quotes from their OCS “yearbook:”: “Big George, the Most Outstanding Officer Candidate in the Company…will be going aboard the USCG cutter Sebago out of Mobile, Alabama.”
George was instrumental in the formation and governance in a long list of non-profit environmental, and quasi-government entities. His philanthropic efforts were wide and deep. A devoted advocate of environmental conservation and open space, George helped to found Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, Colorado Conservation Trust,
and Colorado Open Lands. In 1998 Colorado Open Lands awarded him the Cranmer Award. The award is for an individual who distinguishes himself in open space preservation and gets things done through determination and force of personality. Colorado Open Lands is one representation of what George wanted for Colorado, where he was a fourth generation “Coloradoan”. The organization permanently protects over 225,000 acres of open space for all of us. The award is located at Cranmer Park, Lyons, Colorado and is placed next to a large sundial to symbolize “vision, courage and leadership.” George served on many Boards of Trustees and Directors ranging from academic institutions to art, civic and nature conservancy boards.
His wife, Pam, of 51 years, four children, and eight grandchildren, survive him.

His obituary as printed in the Denver Post: 

Beardsley, George 1937-2011

George Bostwick Beardsley, civic leader, rancher, environmentalist, and developer, died Monday, August 8, after a months-long battle with cancer. He had a distinguished and varied career in city planning and commercial development, and was instrumental in the formation and governance in a long list of non-profit, environmental, and quasi-government entities. George, a fourth generation Coloradan, he was raised in Colorado Springs, attended Cheyenne Mountain High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina.

In 1959 he married Pamela Davis of Denver who remained his wife and partner for 51 years.

A devoted advocate of environmental conservation and open space Beardsley helped to found Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), Colorado Conservation Trust and Colorado Open Lands. In 1998 Colorado Open Lands awarded him the Cranmer Award. His philanthropic efforts wer wide and deep. He served on the governing boards of the Gates Family Foundation; the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado; the Colorado Forum; the Colorado State University Research Foundation; the Denver Art Museum; Denver Civic Ventures; Downtown Denver, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy of Colorado; Kent Denver School; and the Denver Water Board.

In addition to his wife Pam, he is survived by his brother and his sister, four children, and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday August 17, on the campus of Kent Denver School. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in George's memory to the San Isabel Land Protection Trust, the effort to save Pi on Canyon, or The Denver Hospice.

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