Obituary: J. Richard Beattie, retired Extension official

J. Richard Beattie, 90, of Amherst, a professor emeritus in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, died Dec. 6 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Born in Lynn, Beattie was a graduate of the former Lancaster Academy in Lancaster, N.H. and Mount Hermon Preparatory School in Northfield, now Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he remained active, especially as a fundraiser. He received a bachelor''s degree in 1939 and a master''s degree in science in 1940, both from the University of New Hampshire.

Beattie served as agricultural agent for Plymouth County Extension from 1940-45 before joining the Cranberry Station Extension staff in East Wareham, where he lived for 16 years.

He came to Amherst in 1947 as associate dean and associate director of Extension in the College of Food and Natural Resources. He retired in 1974 after more than 34 years of service.

After his retirement, he was an administrator at the University of Maryland in College Park.

He was a former member of the American Association of University Professors, a former president of the Massachusetts Agriculture Club, and an active member of the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy.

He belonged to Epsilon Phi, an honorary extension fraternity, Alpha Zeta Phi, Phi Sigma and Alpha Tau Omega.

His awards and citations were numerous, with many from agricultural and 4H organizations in New England.

His wife, Lillian (Robinson) Beattie, and a son, Paul W. Beattie, died earlier. He leaves a daughter, Nancy C. Kosloski, of Amherst, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the William G. Kosloski Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3145, Amherst 01004, or to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield 01104.

A memorial service will be Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church, 434 North Pleasant St., Amherst.

Burial in Guildhall, Vt., will be private.