Hal Beckwith '67

Brother Beckwith attended Denison University in the mid-‘60s and, as Consul, was a guiding force during the important days planning the Centennial Celebration of Mu Chapter’s founding. Although there are significant gaps in recounting Hal Beckwith’s life, here is what is known thus far. If anyone can add anything to this, please do so via the Contact Us page: 

Harold ‘Hal’ Beckwith graduated from Denison in 1967 and is believed to have followed his father into banking or financial services. His wife, Patricia Patterson, a native Cincinnatian, was a flight attendant with Pan Am, flying numerous international flights. Hal and Patty married in June, 1971 and resided in Chicago

In September, 1977 they took a trip with friends to Alaska. On September 6, 1977, on a return flight from the popular fishing resort of Iliamna, Alaska to Anchorage, their De Havilland Twin Otter crashed during takeoff killing all 13 on board.

Hal and Patty were buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell, South Dakota, a town where it is believed that Hal's family had some connection (Hal's father is buried in the same cemetery). 

At Denison, Hal was Consul of Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity his senior year. He was a key player in planning the Centennial Celebration of this chapter's founding at Denison in 1868. He was a strong leader and enjoyed close friendships with many.

Regrettably, little more is known about Hal’s life. As with so many people taken from us at a young age, those familiar with the person’s life and passing tended to be distracted by their own careers and life strivings and, as a result, important life details are now not easily recovered. If you know more about the young life of Hal Beckwith or any others in this memorial section (Chapter Eternal), you are urged to share that information.

All honor to his name.
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