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Thomas Beatson Jr. ’54

Thomas Beatson Jr. ’54 died unexpectedly July 25, 2016. He was 83.

Tom majored in electrical engineering at Swarthmore, graduating with high honors. He worked for General Electric as a test engineer, qualified for the GE Advanced Engineering Program, and later moved to work at the GE computer department headquarters in Phoenix, where he lived until he died. Tom was passionate about sport cycling and recognized its health benefits, while balancing additional challenges due to his Type 1 diabetes. At his death, Tom had been planning a celebration in 2017 to mark his 75 years of living with Type 1 diabetes. Tom served on the Board of Overseers at the Joslin Diabetes Center for many years and became one of Joslin’s top five philanthropists of all time. He established the Beatson–ABHOW Type 1 Diabetes Fund, making grants available to improve the lives of team members, their dependent children, and residents diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, within the entire ABHOW family of continuing care communities and its affordable senior housing communities.


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