James R. Beaty, MD

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

James R. Beaty, 90, Bismarck, ND passed away on November 25, 2023.

James donated his body to UND School of Medicine and wished for no formal services.

Jim was born December 26, 1932 in Dallas, Texas to John and Josephine Powell Beaty. He attended grade school in University Park, Texas and in Gordonsville, Va. While in grade school in Gordonsville, he was a certified ground observer for the US Army Air Corp.

He attended high school at Fork Union Virginia Military Academy, James Barbour High School in Barboursville, Va., and Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Virginia Polytech Institute (now Virginia Tech) in animal husbandry. He served in the US Army, primarily at Lawson Field, Columbus, Ga. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1960, then interned and completed at residency University of Oklahoma Hospital from 1960 to 1963. He was board certified in pediatrics and in emergency medicine, and his main practice locations included Miles City, Mont., Topeka Kan., and Minot N.D. In all those locations he was supported by wonderful nurses and lab and Xray techs.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Kay, of 48 years; sons, James R. Jr. (Cati) Mitchell, S.D., Jeffrey W. (Jami) Bismarck, and Jacob P (Brie), Bismarck; daughters, Jean (Ward) Stalnaker, Shawnee Kan.; Jane Burgman, Leonardville, Kan., and Jo Beaty; sister, Mary (Edwin) Floyd; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and wonderful friends and neighbors, including four legged friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, David Burgman, and Jim’s brothers, Whitney M. Beaty and Richard D. Beaty.