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Herbert K. Beals

July 26, 1934 - November 2, 2013 -


Herbert K. Beals, 79, of Gladstone, died Nov. 2, 2013.

He was born July 26, 1934, in Portland to Jim and Mae Beals.

He graduated from Jefferson High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social science and history at Portland State University in 1958. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in history activities and societies. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history fraternity.

He was a retired historian and author whose interests included the 18th century Spanish maritime exploration of the northwest coast of America and Gladstone local history. He was the author of three editions of Gladstone history.

He was a member of the Hakluyt Society text publication society and the Gladstone Historical Society.

He received the North American Society for Oceanic History 1990 John Lyman Award in documents and reference works for "Juan Pérez on the Northwest Coast: Six Documents of His Expedition in 1774."

He was listed in “Who's Who in the World,” 2004-09; “Who's Who in America,” 2002-07; and “Who's Who in the West,” 1980-81.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brown Beals; daughters, Patricia Laughlin, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Cherie Tomlin, of Oregon City; son, Steve, of Portland; sister, Georgia Brent, of Kelso, Wash.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held.

Memorial contributions may be made to future publishing of his writings at 2704 SE Steele St., Portland, OR. 97202.