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Edward A. Beeman, internist

By — Adam Bernstein,

Edward A. Beeman, 87, who owned and operated an internal medicine practice in Silver Spring from 1957 until retiring in 1993, died March 17 at his home in Bethesda. He had pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Beeman was among the first infectious disease specialists in Montgomery County. In addition to his private practice, he was on the clinical faculty of the Georgetown University and George Washington University medical schools and participated in weekly grand rounds at Holy Cross and Suburban hospitals.

He published articles on virology and nephrology in professional journals.

In retirement, Dr. Beeman became a docent at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and joined the National Institutes of Health’s history office. His post-retirement publications included two books on NIH virologists Robert J. Huebner and Charles Armstrong.

Edward Arthur Beeman was a Boston native and a 1943 cum laude graduate of Harvard University. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University medical school in 1947.

Early in his career, he was a virologist at the NIH and a commissioned officer with the Public Health Service. He was also an internal medicine resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and received a master’s degree in medicine from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Beeman was a charter member of Temple Shalom, a reform synagogue in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean Saperstein Beeman of Bethesda; four children, Barbara A. Beeman of Sacramento, Judi B. Malnik of Clarksville, Dr. Cynthia S. Beeman of Lexington, Ky., and Robert H. Beeman of Derwood; a brother; and three grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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