BEALS OF DISTINCTION

 

Most of the descendants of Abel Beals were quite ordinary people.  However, there were a few who were noteworthy for their extraordinary accomplishments.

 

ZEPHANIAH CHARLES BEALS (1861 - 1946)

Charles was born in Clementsport, Nova Scotia, the sixth child and fourth son of John (Elijah, Abel) and Lucy B. (Beals)(Stephen,Abel) Beals.  At the age of thirteen he went to sea as a sailor but in 1883 he began his training as a missionary at the New York Mission Institute.  He began his mission work at the East Baptist Church there and in 1883 took charge of a publishing house.  In June of that year he married Susie Hunter of Glasgow, Scotland.  Two years later they moved to Boston where he started a publishing house under the name of Beals, Bainton and Co.

In March 1892 Charles and his wife and son, Warren, were sent to China by the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  His wife died six months later and his son was sent back to New York where he died two years later.  In 1894 he married Lizzie Cassidy the widow of Dr William Cassidy also a missionary.  A year later he was appointed Local Superintendent and Treasurer of the Central China Alliance and took charge of a large Missionary Training Home in Wuhu with forty-five missionaries under him.  In 1900 he resigned and took a position as secretary to Lord Li and tutor to his son but still had time to carry on with missionary work.

Charles and his wife came back to America in 1912 where he served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Advent Mission Society for three years before returning to China in 1915.  His second wife died a year later.  His third marriage was in 1917 in Yokohama, Japan to Effie Pinkham of Pasadena, California.  During the next fifteen years they made three trips home and returned from China for the final time in 1932.  Soon after this he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Aurora College.  He died in 1946 leaving his wife, Effie, and one son Victor.

During Charles Beals' 40 year missionary career in China he established eleven churches, built the Wuhu Academy (out of his own funds) which later became the first co-educational high school in China and was instrumental in establishing a hospital.  For his services to the Chinese people he was decorated with the Order of the Striped Tiger which gave him one of the highest positions in the Chinese government.  He also found time for archaeology, discovering and excavating ancient Chinese tombs.  Artifacts found there were placed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

 

CARLYLE SMITH BEALS (1899 - 1979)

Carlyle Beals was born at Canso, Nova Scotia, the son of Francis Harris Parker (James, Andrew, Abel) and Annie Florence N. (Smith) Beals.  His father was a Baptist Minister.

After graduating from Acadia University in 1919, Carlyle earned an M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1923, Ph.D. from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1926 and D.Sc. from London University in 1934.  In 1927 he joined the staff of the Dominion astrophysical observatory at Victoria, B.C. and became the Dominion Astronomer in Ottawa in 1947.

The specialty study of Dr. Beals concerned the physical nature of the stars.  His ten year research project on the Wolf Rayet group of stars revealed that they were the hottest discovered up to that time.  Another project was the study of inter-stellar matter, or the gaseous matter in the space between the stars.  He pioneered spectral techniques for the study of this material.  He was also the first to conduct a systematic survey of the Canadian Shield for craters like those on the moon.  This lead to establishing Canada as the leading authority in such studies, which grew in importance with the exploration of space and trips to the moon.

Dr. Beals was awarded many honours for his work.  He received honorary D.Sc. from Acadia and the University of New Brunswick and in 1969 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.  He received the highest award of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1952, the Gold Metal of the Royal Society of Canada in 1957, the Gold Metal of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Leonard Metal of the Meteorical Society in 1966.  He was the only Canadian to serve as president of the American Astronomical Society (1962-64).

Carlyle Beals died July 2, 1979 in Ottawa, leaving his wife Miriam White Bancroft of Round Hill, Annapolis Co. and an adopted daughter Janitza Hitchen.

 

HELEN DOROTHY BEALS (1898 - 1991)

Helen Beals (Carlyle's sister) was born in Canso, N.S., the daughter of Rev. Francis Harris Parker (James, Andrew, Abel) and Annie Florence N. (Smith) Beals.

Helen graduated from Acadia University in 1919 with a B.A. degree and the following year studied for the Certificate in Library Science at Simmons College in Boston.  On completion of that course she became librarian at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., a position she held for five years.  In 1926 she returned to Nova Scotia and for the next 18 years was the assistant librarian at Acadia.  She spent the academic year 1944-45 at the University of Toronto persuing graduate studies in art and archaeology.  In 1945 she was appointed head of the Department of Art at Acadia and held that post until she retired in 1963.

Helen Beals was a gifted artist (her mother was also an artist) and an excellent teacher.  In recognition of her exceptional contribution to the advancement of art in the Annapolis Valley and thoughout the Maritimes, the government of Nova Scotia presented her with a Cultural Life Award in 1981.  In 1987 she gave almost 200 of her water colours to the Acadia Art Gallery.

Helen Beals died April 17, 1991.  She did not marry.

 

VAUGHN LEROY BEALS (1928 - )

Vaughn Beals was born in Cambridge, Mass., the son of Vaughn Leroy (J. Howard, Nehemiah, Isaac, Abel) and Pearluela (Wilmarth) Beals.  In 1981 Vaughn was Chairman of Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but is now retired.

In 1951 Vaughn married Eleanore May Woods and they have two daughters, Susan Lynn Sonju and Laurie Jean Sandberg.

 

DOUGLAS BEALS MACCORKLE (ca 1907 - )

Douglas MacCorkle was born in Boston, Mass., the son of John and Laura E. (Beals) (George Fletcher, John, Elijah, Abel) MacCorkle.

Douglas was educated at the New England School of Art, Boston Museum of Art, Washington School of Art, Gordon College (A.B. 1944), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1947) (Th.D. 1961).  Between 1942 and 1957 his pastoral ministries were at Goffstown, N.H., Paris, Texas, Newton, Mass., and Dallas, Texas.  He was Professor and Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, Washington, D.C. (1957-63), Professor, President and then Chancellor, Philadelphia College of Bible (1963-79) and President, American Association of Bible Colleges.  He also wrote or co-authored several books of a religious nature.

Douglas MacCorkle married Jeanette Astle of Houlton, Maine and they have two children, David Lee MacCorkle and Judy A. Naugle.

 

HAROLD G. DEWOLF (1903 - )

Harold DeWolf was born in Bedford, N.S., the son of Harry G. and Kattie Armistad (Fitzmaurice) DeWolf.  Katie was the daughter of James A. and Hannah (Beals) (Henry, Elijah, Abel) Fitzmaurice.

H.G. DeWolf's career was with the Canadian Navy where he attained the rank of Vice-Admiral CBE, DSO, DSC, CD, RCN.  In the later part of World War II he was Commander of HMCS Haida.  This ship is now permanently docked at Ontario Place in Toronto harbour.


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