Edith M. Beck, 91, beloved local doctor

Dr. Edith M. Beck, long time Greenwich resident and beloved doctor passed away very peacefully on Friday, Aug. 17 at Greenwich Hospital with her friends and minister at her side. She was born Jan. 16, 1921 in New York City to Anna Weising Beck and Berton E. Beck and was raised in Woodland Heights, the Bronx, attending Evander Childs High School and graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1939. In 1943 she matriculated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in physics. After a short stint as a research chemist, she attended Yale University’s College of Medicine achieving her Medical Degree in 1948. For the next four years she was a house officer at the New York University division of Bellevue Hospital, joining the teaching and research faculty of the medical school.

In 1953 she moved to Greenwich to begin her practice as an internist. Throughout her career as a physician, from which she retired in 1991, she was on the staff at Greenwich Hospital, chairing the general medical section for many years. She also served as President of the Greenwich Medical Society, and as a member of the American Medical Society. She was on the editorial board of the state medical journal, Connecticut Medicine, and was a clinical instructor at Yale University School of Medicine. In 1980 she became a member and chairperson for the Town of Greenwich’s Board of Health from which she retired in 1997.

Edith was a loyal and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich for over 50 years, serving as an ordained deacon and elder, a Sunday school teacher, and a chair on many of the church committees. She was especially interested and very active in mission ministry, reaching out to groups in need, both within and outside of the United States. In addition to serving the Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, she was also active in the Presbytery of Southern New England, a division of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also served the Call-A-Ride organization and American Red Cross in the Town of Greenwich as a trustee for many years.

Throughout her life, music was of great importance to her be it performing with her high school orchestra on violin, playing her grand piano and composing pieces, or attending operas, choral performances or symphony concerts. For many years she, along with her friends and family, had reserved seats to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra which was her special passion. She was also a regular attendee and patron of our local Greenwich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony. Retirement offered her the opportunity to indulge her love of music, poetry, gardening, reading books and travel.

Her parents and sister, Benita Beck Blumenthal, predeceased her. She has been blessed with many younger relatives who live in this country and in England.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Edith M. Beck will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m.

— by the family

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