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We received some sad news late last week: Schweitzer Fellow for Life David Beakey has passed away.

As a 2000-01 Boston Schweitzer Fellow and Tufts-Emerson Master’s Program in Health Communications student, Beakey worked to increase the attendance of seniors at Quincy Medical Center’s mental health programs. The proud veteran (he served as a Marine in the Vietnam War) and nontraditional student (he pursued his graduate education later in life) provided an invaluable perspective for his Fellowship peers.

After completing his Fellowship year, Beakey remained a highly active member of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s alumni network of Fellows for Life. Whether the retired counselor for the Massachusetts Rehab Association was serving as a member of the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program’s selection committee or providing new Fellows with advice and support, Beakey always made ASF a priority.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Dave’s passing,” says ASF National Program Director and Fellow for Life Meghan Johnson, a member of Beakey’s 2000-01 Fellowship class. “It is heartbreaking to speak about him in the past tense. His support and enthusiasm will be greatly missed—he always had a kind word for ASF staff members and Fellows. I will always remember his dedication and commitment to making the world a better place—especially for seniors and veterans in need.”

“David was a very, very cherished Boston Schweitzer Fellow, and then active Schweitzer Fellow for Life,” says ASF President Lachlan Forrow, MD. “This news is terribly sad to hear, and all his family and friends have my most sincere condolences.”

To read Beakey’s obituary in the Patriot-Ledger, click here.