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Gordon C. Beeton

December 7, 1944 February 22, 2024
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Gordon Clifford Beeton was born in Boston on December 7, 1944, to

Isabella (Gordon) Beeton and Benjamin Clifford Beeton.

He attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, studying

German and intending to pursue an academic career in that area.

In support of this intention, he spent his junior year in Germany,

at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau. He received his

B.A. degree from Clark in 1966, and was accepted by Brown University

for graduate study.

Rather than completing an advanced degree at Brown, he married a

fellow student, Barbara (Neuhaus) Smith, whom he met in an Old High

German class, and set out to become knowledgeable about computers.

In time he became a skilled mainframe systems programmer and security

officer. He worked for a number of companies in two main areas:

yarns and textiles, and medical products and services. He retired

when mainframes were overtaken by minicomputers and then joined the

Docent staff at the Roger Williams Park Zoo as a volunteer, where he

remained for over 20 years. He also served as a guide at several

park and historical areas in Rhode Island, explaining to visitors

the importance of those locations in the state's history.

He was a voracious reader, interested in almost anything factual,

but with an occasional foray into speculative fiction. He also

enjoyed theater and music, mostly early classical and traditional

folk music, all of which are well represented in Rhode Island.

Gordon left this life on February 22, 2024, after a struggle with

central nervous system lymphoma. He will be interred in the

"green" area of Swan Point Cemetery, with funeral services private.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara.

Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made online at or sent to

HopeHealth Hospice, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

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