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Judy and Alex

Nyack Class of 55 pencil

Background - Alexander Iosiphovich Beim (Al Beim) is descendent from a long line of Russian Karaims in the Crimea, tracing his lineage to the 16th century.  After evading the Communists and persecution by the Nazis, his family immigrated to the US at the end of World War II.  He graduated from Nyack High School in 1955.

College Highlights - He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University, a master's degree in public and personnel administration from the George Washington University and is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

Marriage and Family Highlights - He met his wife Judy Chamberlin while both were attending The Ohio State University. They were married on the same day that he graduated and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant.  They now live in Falls Church, Virginia.  They have two sons: Peter J. Beim is a Colonel in the Army, currently in the Washington DC area, and Alexander Beim II who is a planner for the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus.

Military and Career Highlights – Al Beim retired after 50 years of Federal Service: 30 in the military and 20 in the US Civil Service.  After 5 years of active and reserve service as an enlisted man, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery. Later, he spent most of his career heading various personnel offices and activities and directing administrative systems and programs.  He served a one-year combat tour in Vietnam and three very enjoyable tours in Europe: in France, Germany and the Netherlands.  His assignments included duty with the Defense Communications Agency, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Office of the Army Adjutant General, and the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

   Following his retirement from the military he was a manger in human resources of the National Guard Bureau and then worked many years as an Associate Director in the National Zoo of the Smithsonian Institution.

Achievements/Awards/Outstanding Events – Al Beim has been an author and editor for many years.  His many articles on micrographics and records management have appeared in various professional magazines. He also served as contributing editor to Government Data Systems and editor of the Federal Micrographics Bulletin.

   Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, the Defense and the Army Meritorious Service Medals, the Bronze Star, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Service Citation from the National Micrographics Association, and the Eagle Award and Heritage Award from the National Guard Bureau. He has also received numerous civilian Merit and Special Service awards.   

Al’s latest publication is a cookbook he wrote jointly with his wife—both enjoy good food and are accomplished chefs.    Their book of favorite recipes, We Live in Order to Eat, is available on; enter Judy and Al Beim in the search box.

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