EAST LIVERPOOL - Prominent local physician Dr. Robert Walker Beatty passed away at his home on Elysian Way at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening, March 2, 2014. Dr. Beatty, who maintained a thriving medical practice in downtown East Liverpool, was caring for patients as recently as Friday. He was 72.
Son of local architect Robert Fisher Beatty and Olive Louise Walker Beatty, he was born in East Liverpool on May 30, 1941. A 1959 graduate of East Liverpool High School, he had excelled in basketball, cross country and track, and was honored with the Hi Y award his senior year. He continued to be an avid sportsman throughout his life, and would later become the team doctor for the "Potters," supporting and caring for young athletes throughout the years, both on and off the field.
He attended the Culver Military Academy, and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology in 1963 from The Ohio State University. Dr. Beatty was a 1967 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, before interning at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. He then entered the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. A battalion surgeon, he served as Captain with the Berlin Brigade in Germany, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry. Upon completion of his cardiology residency at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, he finished his military service at the Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. In 1975, he returned to his hometown to begin his private practice.
During his time in Germany, he participated with a four-man team in various athletic challenges which earned them the coveted German Sports Badge - the first Americans ever to accomplish this feat. He was a huge proponent of physical fitness throughout his life.
Dr. Beatty held professional memberships in the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Internal Medicine, the Ohio Society of Internal Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, the Columbiana County Medical Society, and the Association of Army Cardiology. He served on the Board of the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association, and was President of the Columbiana County Ohio Medical Society. He served as President of the Peer Review Board for many years, overseeing every doctor licensed in Ohio. A lifelong learner, he was constantly reading the latest medical journal or other publications and was proud to be "double board certified," meaning he had twice passed the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Since 1975, he served on the medical staff at East Liverpool City Hospital as well as a variety of other positions, which included Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine from 1992 to the present. In May, 2006, Dr. Beatty was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the East Liverpool Rotary Club.
In his free time, he enjoyed collecting stamps, growing and showing dahlias, and also loved hiking in National Parks in North America. He would often say he felt like the luckiest man alive, because he had known at a very young age that he wanted to become a doctor and return to the hometown which he loved.
Surviving him at home is his wife, Anita Mack Beatty, whom he married on Nov. 12, 1965. Also surviving is a daughter, Annaliese Beatty Train of Newport Beach, Calif., and a son, Daniel Robert Beatty of East Liverpool. A sister, Judith W. Augur and her husband, William L. Augur, of East Liverpool, survive as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, where the family will be present from 3-8 p.m.
Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Hill Boulevard, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with family friend, Pastor Gary Schreckengost, STS, officiating, assisted by The Rev. Eric M. Edwards of the church. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group and West Virginia Honor Guard will provide full military honors.
Those wishing to make a contribution in Dr. Beatty's name may send it c/o Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Attn: CONTRIBUTIONS, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, to benefit wounded American soldiers.
View Dr. Beatty's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com