William J. Beckwith
Colonel, United States Army
a contemporary press report:
William J. Beckwith, 72, a retired Army Colonel who served in combat operations during the Korea and Vietnam wars, died of lung cancer April 6 at his home in Great Falls, Virginia.
Colonel Beckwith served 27 years in the Army before retiring in 1978. That included two tours in Vietnam and two in Korea and service in Germany and at various posts in the United States. He commanded tank units and a cavalry squadron. His decorations included a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
In the mid-1970s, he settled in the Washington area. After his military retirement, he helped develop several local companies, including Troy Systems, a defense contracting operation. He retired in 1993.
He was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minnesota. While serving in the Army, he graduated from the University of Maryland, where he also received a master's degree in political science.
Colonel Beckwith was an enthusiastic golfer and a member of River Bend Golf and Country Club.
His marriage to Sylvia Solberg ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Jean
Seland Beckwith of Great Falls; two children from his first marriage, Cheryl
Stadler of St. Paul and W. Douglas Beckwith of Minneapolis; two children
from his second marriage, Michael M. Beckwith of Columbus and Stephen R.
Beckwith of Atlanta; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren; and
On Saturday, April 6, 2002, at his home in
Great Falls, VA. Colonel Beckwith is survived by his loving wife of 30
years, Jean F. Beckwith and his four children, Michael M. Beckwith, Columbus,
Ohio, Stephen R. Beckwith, Atlanta, Georgia, W.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
Posted: 13 April 2002 Updated: 17 September 2005 Updated: 19 August 2006