Father’s Day: President Beebe Reflects on His Dad

Gayle poses with his father before leaving for Westmont

Gayle poses with his father before leaving for Westmont in 1980

The following is a Father’s Day reflection by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe¬†about his father, Richard Beebe.

My father died in 1989 just as I was beginning my professional career. A public-school superintendent, he loved education and possessed the unusual capacity to be emotionally present to others.

He derived enormous joy from investing in the dreams and ambitions of those under his care and influence and celebrating so many great successes along the way.  He was also remarkably attentive to each of us as members of his immediate family. He was positive, poised, engaged in the affairs of our church and the wider community, and loved to lead an active lifestyle.

Gayle and his father at Princeton Theological Seminary

He was also just a lot of fun. I find my mind wondering to situations or circumstances when he would offer a keen insight, a timely word, or a specific reassuring and encouraging comment.

I still think about him every day, and I miss him.

Read more about Richard Beebe in President Beebe’s book “The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership.” Beebe discusses his father’s influence in his life in the eighth chapter, “Making an Ultimate Contribution.”