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Services Set for David Beaver

July 25, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- A memorial service for Western Illinois University kinesiology professor emeritus David Beaver will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at the Dodsworth Piper Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Beaver, 79, died July 20 in Peoria. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Beaver joined the kinesiology (then called physical education) department in 1976. He was an adapted physical education specialist and coordinator of the graduate in-depth study area in adapted physical education at Western. Beaver also served as director of admissions outreach. He retired in 2001 after 25 years of service.

Working in physical education for more than 40 years, Beaver made significant contributions in the areas of physical education, sport and recreation involving persons with disabilities. During his tenure at WIU, he received a Presidential Merit Award for Teaching Excellence, a Professional Advancement Award and a Faculty Excellence Award.

Beaver was an active member and contributor to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Illinois Coalition of School Professionals and University Programs in Adapted Physical Education; and the Adapted Physical Activity Council. Beaver established the first Achieving a Balance in Adapated Physical Education Conference in 1992. The conference was held on the WIU campus in 1998. He was also instrumental in forming the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes in 1976 and was elected to key positions in the International Blind Sport Association.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two daughters, Tracey and Kristin; and two grandsons.

A full obituary can be found at

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