Arthur T. Beach of Huntington died Thursday. He was 92.
He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Huntington, graduating from Stony Brook Preparatory School and Lafayette College, class of 1942, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He played football for the Leopards and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
He then served as an artillery officer in the Pacific Theater from 1942-1946.
After the war, he played semi-pro football for the Huntington Golden Bears. He was chairman of the board of Beach Russ Company and Abbe Engineering Company, and a member of the American Vacuum Society and the Environmental Engineering Society. Artie held several patents in vacuum engineering.
He also was a long-time member of Huntington Country Club where he excelled in paddle and tennis.
With his sons earning 3 national championship trophies, Artie was an avid lifelong lacrosse fan and never missed a game anywhere that his sons or grandchildren were playing.
He is survived by five children and their in-laws: Rick and Cade of Maplewood, NJ; Betsy and Monk of Rye; Liz of Cold Spring Harbor; Cyndy and Mark of Pasadena, Md.; Todd of Huntington, Peter and Lisa of Huntington; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his beautiful wife of 60 years, Kiki, and his beloved son, CA. Contributions may be made in his memory to the US Lacrosse Foundation on 113 West University Parkway, Baltimore, Md. 21210.
A memorial service will be held at the Old First Church in Huntington, NY on Thursday at 11 am. Arrangements by M.A. Connell Funeral Home, Inc.