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Beth Beatty Story

We Honor the Passing of Past Grand President Beth van Maanen Beatty

Published On: 2015-03-25

It is with deep regret that Pi Beta Phi announces the passing of Past Grand President Beth van Maanen Beatty, Texas Gamma, on March 16, 2015. A beloved wife, mother and sister, Beth served the Fraternity as Grand President from 1995 to 2001. 

Beth grew up in Dallas with her parents and sister. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a degree in business and Spanish. She and her husband of 55 years, Chuck Beatty, are the proud parents of two daughters, Louisiana Beta Liz Beatty and Texas Gamma Beverly Beatty Nester. They raised their family in Nassau Bay, Texas, where Beth worked in numerous roles for the city.

Beth Beatty photo 1Beth’s career of service to Pi Beta Phi began at Texas Tech where she served as Chapter President of the Texas Gamma Chapter. Under her leadership, the chapter won the Balfour Cup, the Fraternity’s highest honor, just five years after the chapter’s installation. That same year, the chapter won the National Scholarship Plaque, awarded to the Pi Phi chapter with the highest GPA on its campus for the longest consecutive time period. Beth was also a member of Mortar Board, a Pi Beta Phi scholarship recipient and a regional nominee for the Amy Burnham Onken Award her senior year.

After graduation, Beth was handpicked to serve as a Pi Phi Resident Graduate Counselor (now called Resident Leadership Development Consultant) for the Florida Gamma Chapter at Rollins College. She served in the role before the consultant program formally began in 1968.

Beth was a founding member of the Bay Area, Texas, Alumnae Club, and led the club as ACRIC, Treasurer and President. She then served as a Collegiate Province Coordinator, Collegiate Province President, Director of Academic Standards and as National Panhellenic Conference Second Alternate Delegate. 

In 1989, Beth joined Grand Council as Grand Secretary. She later served as Grand Vice President of Collegians followed by six years as Grand President. During her tenure as Grand President, the decision was made to build a Headquarters building in Town and Country, Missouri. 

Beth Beatty photo 2As Grand President, Beth served on Pi Beta Phi Foundation’s Board of Trustees as an Ex Officio member. Upon her retirement from Grand President, she continued to serve the Foundation as Vice President. She was also a member of the cabinet for the Campaign for Pi Beta Phi Foundation from 2006–2008, which raised $6.2 million on a goal of $6 million for scholarships, leadership development and philanthropic activities. Beth was also a member of the Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholarship Committee for many years.

In addition to her Pi Phi service, Beth was a Mortar Board Section Director, ordained elder for her church and President of the Women of the Church. She held several leadership roles for the Clear Lake Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association, most notably as its President. She received an award from the group honoring her outstanding service, which spanned more than 15 years. Beth loved working with college women and later in life hosted a Bible study in her home for Trinity University women. 

A memorial service for Beth will be held on Friday, March 27, in San Antonio, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. CST at First Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Alamo St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205. We know many of her Pi Phi sisters, especially those who served alongside Beth, will be in attendance. However, many others will be there in spirit. To pay tribute to Beth’s Pi Phi legacy, we encourage you to wear your Pi Beta Phi badge on Friday, March 27. 

Sisters and friends can make donations in memory of Beth to Pi Beta Phi Foundation. These gifts can be designated to the Beth van Maanen Beatty Memorial Graduate Fellowship. There are three options for making a memorial gift:

Online:Click here to make a gift online. Please check the box indicating it is a memorial gift.  

Phone: Please call the Foundation at (636) 256–1357 and staff will take your gift by phone.

Mail: Please mail contributions, indicating they are in memory of Beth van Maanen Beatty to Pi Beta Phi Foundation,
 PO Box 801867,
 Kansas City, Missouri 64180-1867

For more information, please view Beth’s full obituary.