G. Patricia “Pat” Beckman Has Died; CdM Resident Was Philanthropist, Daughter Of Arnold Beckman
posted: September 6th, 2011 01:50 pm
G. Patricia “Pat” Beckman died earlier this summer in her Shore Cliffs home, sheriff’s officials confirmed today.
Beckman, 78, died of cardiovascular disease, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Beckman’s father was Arnold Orville Beckman, whose 1934 invention of the pH meter led him to found Beckman Instruments. Beckman, who died in 2004 at age 104, also funded the first silicon transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley, according to Wikipedia. Arnold O. Beckman also lived in Corona del Mar before his death. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has given more than 400 million dollars to various charities and organizations.
Pat Beckman was a director at The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, as well as a trustee for the UC-Irvine Foundation and a senior trustee for the California Institute of Technology.
Beckman was discovered dead in her home on Aug. 18 when a worker became concerned and called police for a welfare check. The date of death is not known, Amormino said.
Calls and emails sent to various boards and to family members seeking information were not immediately returned. Funeral information also was not immediately available.
UPDATE: Jacqueline Dorrance, executive director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, sent an email this afternoon that said, “Ms. Beckman’s family is considering Pat’s wishes with respect to a memorial service and obituary notice. They plan to release a statement following their review of her formal wishes.”
Several neighbors and friends described Beckman as a wonderful woman and a caring philanthropist.
According to the website for The Muses of the California Science Center Foundation, which named Beckman as a 2010 Woman of the Year Honoree, Beckman was “a passionate philanthropist and a dedicated advocate for science education at all levels, with a particular focus on developing leadership skills and networking…”
Beckman had a special interest in the annual California State Science Fair competition for middle school and high school students throughout California and personally funded the Project of the Year awards to the top winners, the website states.
She is survived by her brother, Arnold S. Beckman of Asotin, Wash. Her mother, Mabel Beckman, died at age 88 in 1989.