Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- July 12, 2002
Memorial Award Established To Honor Longtime Cal
Poly Music Professor George Beatie
A scholarship endowment has been established at Cal Poly in honor of
Music Professor Emeritus George Clarke Beatie, who died in 1999.
“The endowment was created as a way to honor George’s memory
and to encourage Cal Poly music students to actively pursue that important
field,” said Bob Alberti, a Cal Poly alumnus and friend of Beatie.
Funds from the George Clarke Beatie Memorial Award will benefit an outstanding
student preparing for the field of music education. The Cal Poly Music
Department faculty will select awardees from time to time according
to standards currently being developed.
The award itself will be modest but is expected to offer an important
boost for the student recipient, according to Alberti.
An initial grant of $1,500, plus a partial match from the Music Department,
brings the award to within $1,000 of the required $3,000 goal. The scholarship
endowment was created with the help of Professor Clifton Swanson, chair
of Cal Poly’s Music Department, and many Cal Poly music alumni.
“George Beatie’s former students plan to support the fund,”
Alberti said. “Friends of the university and supporters of music
education are also invited to help support the award.”
“Beatie was known as a tireless volunteer in every community he
touched, and his efforts in music education at Cal Poly and in San Luis
Obispo County are legendary,” Alberti said. “He was as beloved
in Atascadero for his wide-ranging community work with such agencies
as the Community Band, Historical Society, Zoological Society and Youth
Task Force as he was among the generations of Cal Poly students that
he mentored as a teacher, as a faculty advisor to the Blue Key National
Honor Society and in countless other activities. Beatie taught at Cal
Poly from 1959 until 1994.
“George was my close, personal friend and mentor, who brought
me back to active involvement in music performance after decades of
inactivity,” said Alberti, who helped launch the Beatie memorial
fund. “I’ll always be grateful to him for stretching me
to do my best in so many ways.”
“Donors who elect to support a fully endowed award in honor of
Beatie will know they are contributing to the enrichment of music education
for future generations of Cal Poly students,” Alberti said.
Contact: Jo Ann Lloyd (805) 756-1511