F. J. Denis Beatty – Ensign, United States Navy

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From a Press Report: January 18, 2002:

Private services were held in San Francisco yesterday for Bay Area architect Denis Beatty.

Mr. Beatty, 82, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in September, died at his home in San Francisco on Monday.

He enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He became an ensign in April 1942 and served aboard the battleship Iowa.

After graduating from Princeton, Mr. Beatty moved to San Francisco. He was chief of design for noted architect John Warnecke's firm for many years and also had his own office for 10 years. His work included a number of Bay Area schools, buildings at the College of San Mateo, private homes, the original Oakland Airport terminal and Joseph Magnin stores.

He also won the design competition for the American Embassy in Bangkok, but it was never built. He worked as an architect in Egypt and Greece and designed a city for Moammar Khadafy in Libya. He was never permitted to visit Libya, however.

Mr. Beatty's survivors include his wife, Martha Nell Beatty, of San Francisco; daughters Deirdri Gladwin of Millbrae and Victoria Campbell of Hopkinton, Mass; stepdaughter Alana Crow of Portland, Oregon, and six grandchildren.

Mr. Beatty was to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family prefers contributions to VNA/Hospice, 3360 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118 or the University of San Francisco, in care of Father Tom Lucas, S.J., Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117.

NOTE: He was a member of the Beatty Family, many of whom are buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. We believe that the Ensign was the son of Frank Edmund Beatty, Jr. Vice Admiral, United States Navy, and the Grandson of Frank Edmund Beatty, Rear Admiral, United States Navy.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/01/1942 – 04/01/1959
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 12/22/1919
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/14/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/23/2002

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