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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2002 News Archive > Garvin V. Beauchamp

Former ACU administrator, Abilene city councilman dies

For immediate release
Dec. 2, 2002

Garvin V. Beauchamp of Abilene, longtime administrator at Abilene Christian University and member of the Abilene City Council, died Dec. 2 in Abilene at the age of 82.

Beauchamp, a resident of Abilene for more than 60 years, was mayor pro tem of Abilene during his second term on the City Council, and he also served as president of Abilene Kiwanis Club, president of the Lone Star Conference and elder for University Church of Christ.

He was born April 30, 1920, in Post, Texas, and graduated in 1937 from Roby High School.

The funeral service is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the University Church of Christ in Abilene. Visitation will be at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Survivors include his wife Judy Jones Beauchamp of Abilene, whom he married May 28, 1941; son Gary Beauchamp and daughter-in-law Deanna of Dallas; daughter Priscilla and son-in-law Dewitt Jones of Abilene; five grandchildren, Greg Beauchamp of Rockwall, Betsy Luttrell of Southlake, Katie Pedigo of University Park, Jena Williams of Arlington, Jay Jones of Abilene; and eight great grandchildren.

One brother, Frank Beauchamp of Snyder, also survives him. He was preceded in death by parents, Jasper V. and Ida Beauchamp, and 11 brothers and sisters.

"Garvin Beauchamp was one of the finest Christian men I have ever met," Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, said. "He will be missed greatly by family and friends, but his legacy will live on in the ACU family. He is one of my heroes. He gave me my first job at ACU as a graduate assistant in 1965. I saw him deal with student after student in a fair and compassionate way in his role as dean of students. He has had a profound impact on my life."

A 1941 graduate of Abilene Christian, Beauchamp and his wife Judy were honored in 1987 for 50 years of service to the university. The 2,500-seat amphitheater at the Biblical Studies Building on the ACU campus was named in their honor before his retirement in 1988.

Beauchamp was the head coach of Abilene Christian's only undefeated, untied football team (11-0 in 1950). ACU was the only undefeated, untied collegiate football team in the nation in 1950. A four-sport letterman in college, he was elected to the ACU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

He was a member of the NCAA college football committee when a playoff system was first adopted for Division II, and he administered the first midwest region championship game in Abilene in 1964 known as the Pecan Bowl

As a city councilman he helped initiate massive construction projects to provide services for a city that had grown in population from about 50,000 in 1950 to nearly 100,000 in 1960. He also served on a commission that rewrote Abilene's city charter in 1962.

He helped organize and was a charter member of the board of directors for the Abilene Boys and Girls Club, and he was also active in United Way, Boy Scouts, Abilene Public Library, Abilene Housing Authority, Goodwill Industries and Business Alliance for Intercollegiate Development.

Beauchamp was also a longtime official of high school and college football games and former president of the Southwest Football Officials Association.

At ACU, Beauchamp (better known as "Beech") was a four-year letterman in football for the Wildcats, earned all-conference and team MVP twice, and served as team captain. He also played collegiate basketball, baseball and tennis and served as president of the Students' Association, class vice president and skipper (president) of Sub T-16 men's social club.

He was elected to Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities and senior class favorite. At graduation, he received a bachelor's degree and won the school's first Dean's Award as outstanding student. Beauchamp later received a master's degree in education from University of Oklahoma and attended University of California at Berkley.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Beauchamp joined the ACU coaching staff in 1946 as assistant football coach for three seasons, in 1949 he was assistant coach at Midland High School one season with his wife's twin brother, Tugboat Jones (head coach), before being named head coach at ACU in 1950. He coached the Wildcats to five consecutive winning seasons before being named dean of students in 1956 and vice president in 1969.

He was a member of the American Football Coaches Association, led ACU to five conference titles and twice was named Texas Conference coach of the year. He later served as ACU's institutional representative to the NCAA and was president of the Wildcat Club in 1980-81. He was ACU's nominee to the Sports Illustrated silver anniversary all-America football team in 1965.

The ACU student yearbook, the Prickly Pear, was dedicated to Beauchamp in 1969.

Memorial contributions for Beauchamp may be made to Abilene Christian University athletics or Hendrick Hospice Care.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. At the service, Gary Beauchamp will provide the eulogy, Dr. Eddie Sharp will deliver the message, and tributes will be given by Greg Beauchamp, Jeremy Mullins, Alton Green, Pete Rogers and Dr. Royce Money. Dr. Gary McCaleb, Dr. Charles Siburt and Dr. Carl Brecheen will also participate in the service. In addition, the surviving members of the 1950 undefeated ACU football team will sing "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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