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2018-09-12 / Obituaries

Orville T. Beachley Jr., chemistry professor at UB


Beachley Beachley Orville T. Beachley Jr., 80, of Amherst, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

Mr. Beachley was born on Nov. 8, 1937. His education began in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the St. Paul’s School in Baltimore. He graduated with honors from Franklin & Marshall College and earned his doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University.

A member of the University at Buffalo chemistry faculty from 1966 until his retirement in 2002, he was actively involved in research throughout his career, including work on multiple projects funded by the Office of Naval Research. He was granted four U.S. patents for his inventions and was awarded multiple research grants during his career.

Throughout his years at UB, he was the director of graduate studies for the Chemistry Department. He also served as the associate vice president of research for the University at Buffalo. In 1996, he was chosen to be an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, UB Chapter, nominated by students for his teaching and support of undergraduates.

He was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, serving as head usher for decades. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Beachley is survived by his wife of 56 years, Inez Parker Beachley; two children, Andrew Beachley and Jennifer Harty; three grandchildren; and two siblings, Betsy Winger and Virginia John.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. Arrangements were made by the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home Inc. Memorials may be made to the church.

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