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Dr. William Francis McBeth
(March 9, 1933 - January 6, 2012)

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Rosemary Langley Bell
Searcy, AR 72143
January 10, 2012 4:08 PM
I was a music student at OBU class of '62. Many kind words and accolades have been said about "Mr. Mac" all of which are true, but I just wanted to say personally what a special man he was. Not only was he a fantastic teacher and composer but also a wonderful man. He always went beyond the call of duty. I was still working on my master's and teaching in Hot Springs. I needed one more course to complete my studies. It just happened to be 20th Century Music. I shall ever be grateful to him for allowing me to drive to Arkadelphia once a week where he taught the class after his full schedule (my being the only student). Also, what a great sense of humor!

Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers.

Rosmary Bell

Alex Goff
Nashville, Arkansas
January 10, 2012 3:53 PM
Dr. McBeth was such an inspiration for me, even helping to support me through college. A great man, and a great legacy

Georgie Bryant
North LIttle Rock,AR
January 10, 2012 3:29 PM
Dear Mary, Dr. Mac had a tremendous impact on our family. We were always grateful for the time and knowledge he shared with Steven. He had a wonderful way of making all of us feel important. You are always so gracious and welcoming and will be in my heart and prayers in the coming weeks. Take care of yourself. God bless you, Georgie

Retha Herring Sawyer
Monticello, Arkansas
January 10, 2012 3:12 PM
My deep sympathy to Laura and the rest of the McBeth family. I had Dr. McBeth for a Modern Music elective at OBU,which I thoroughly enjoyed! He was so intersting, entertaining, and as a non-music major, I appreciated the respect and attention I received. The OBU community and the state has lost a true talent and gentleman.

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Lewis Clark
Fayetteville, Arkansas
January 10, 2012 2:04 PM
Many prayers and condolences to the family. Dr. McBeth always felt like a close friend when I would have my brief conversations with him. I admire and greatly respect his contribution to music education. I've grown up in Arkansas and realize that his life has touched and inspired thousands of lives all over the world in the music teaching community. We were quite fortunate to call him our friend here in Arkansas.

George Baker
January 10, 2012 12:41 PM
Francis was such a good guy, he and I bonded early in our friendship, he the consumate musician and I, a poor mandolinist. He always made me feel that my music was important. We had other commonalities, one day Francis took the time to compliment my son Brady who had done some yard work for him. Francis said, "you know, you have a very fine son." Then his eyes twinkled and he said softly, "but I have a very fine son also!" Common ground. Another time I encountered Francis in the airport in Dallas, he coming home from two or three weeks in Europe. He was leaving the airport and had only two regular sized brief cases as luggage. I asked him how he could live that long on the road with only that amount of luggage. Again that smile broke out and he explained thet when he packed for a long trip he carried only his old worn under wear and when they were dirty he tossed them! We got a big laugh out of that. Francis was more than the sum of his parts, he was a great resource for the music world and a man who will be missed by many. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. George and Beverly Baker.

Bruce Webb
January 10, 2012 12:15 PM
In a class that went from two to just one in a single semester, I took the class for fun. After being discouraged by the music dean a year before, I told Dr. Mac, I needed to switch majors. "but you're doing so well in theory ", he said. I told him I wasn't a music major with which he replied "then we have to talk". In that one talk, he changed the rest of my life. I never will forget his greatness and kindness. Thank you, Frances MacBeth

David Welch
Smith County, Texas
January 10, 2012 11:43 AM
Mac was one of the few men that I knew in the HSU Cowboy Band that knew when he graduated what he wanted to do and he did it as is evident by his honors. I share your loss Mary. David Welch

David Etienne
Arkadelphia, AR
January 10, 2012 8:23 AM
I will miss you Francis. You were a great inspiration in my life.

David Etienne

Carole Wright
Glenwood, AR
January 10, 2012 1:09 AM
Dearest Mrs. McBeth and family, you will continue to be in my prayers. Words seem inadequate. What a blessing Dr. McBeth was! Even greater than his love for music was his adoring love for his family. I loved being in Dr. McBeth's classes. I count it a privilege as a theory/comp major during my years at OBU to spend hours in his office. What a fascinating and wise man! I could listen to his stories endlessly. After graduating, I loved and appreciated the opportunity he gave me to work as an editor on some of his music. I will always remember him with deepest respect and as a wonderful mentor and friend.

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