UNCP loses professor Dr. Mary Guy Beaver


Dr. Mary Guy Beaver, a professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at UNC Pembroke, died Sunday, September 16 after a brief illness.

mary_guy_beaver.jpgA memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:45 am in the main gym of the Jones Athletic Center.

She was coordinator of UNCP’s Recreation Program and an outdoor enthusiast. In her eighth year on the faculty, she was a Desert Storm and Desert Shield veteran.

A native of Oglethorpe, Ga., Dr. Beaver was well liked by colleagues and students alike. She will be remembered for her hard work and spirit, colleagues said.

“Mary Guy was an excellent teacher, mentor, advisor and friend to students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. William Gash, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “She went about making a difference to everyone she knew in her quiet and genuine manner.  

“Dr. Beaver will be greatly missed; however, the impact she made on this campus will not be forgotten,” he added.

A memorial service on campus will be announced and a memorial scholarship has been started at UNCP.

“She was a great friend,” said Dr. Tommy Thompson, department chair. “This really hurts.

“She was extraordinarily well liked by both faculty and staff and she dedicated her time to many worthy causes,” Dr. Thompson added. “I can’t say enough good things about her.”

Dr. Sonia Tinsley, who occupied the office next to Dr. Beaver’s, said she will always remember the cheerful greetings.

“She was always such a happy person,” Dr. Tinsley said. “Every morning she had a chipper greeting for us.

“She would do anything for you, and it seems odd without her,” she said.

Retired wrestling coach P.J. Smith said Dr. Beaver was very well respected.

“She worked very hard to be able to teach and coach in higher education,” Smith said. “This was her dream.”

Dr. Beaver earned a Doctorate of Arts in physical education from Middle Tennessee University where she also earned an undergraduate degree in health and a Master of Science degree in physical education. She also earned a Master’s degree in education from Berry College.

Dr. Beaver worked at the high school, community college and university levels. She was head of Southeastern Community College’s Parks and Outdoor Recreation Department from 1993-97 before taking a job as a ranger with the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave, Ky.

Dr. Beaver spent summers as director of a Girl Scout Camp in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1984-91.

Dr. Beaver’s department has originated a memorial scholarship in her name. For more information or to contribute, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or advancement@uncp.edu.