James E. Beasley, benefactor of Law School, dies at age 78
One of Temple’s best-known alumni, James E. Beasley, died of cancer Saturday. He was 78.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Temple in only two years, Beasley went on to graduate from Temple Law School in 1956.
He established a downtown Philadelphia legal practice, and over the course of his 48-year career he specialized in the fields of malpractice, defamation, products liability, aviation law, fire, civil rights and civil RICO litigation.
His gift to benefit the Law School in 1999 was the largest endowment in the Temple’s history and at the time, the second-largest gift to a law school in the United States.
The Temple University Law School was renamed the James E. Beasley School of Law, and at the same time, the University’s Watts Walk was renamed Beasley’s Walk.
Law School Dean Robert J. Reinstein said of Beasley, “The value of Jim’s generosity to Temple is hard to put into words. But more than anything, he wanted to — and he did — provide the kinds of opportunities to generations of law students that he was able to provide for his own children. One hundred and seven of our students have thus far received Beasley Scholarships and innumerable others will in the future. The Law School has had no better friend than Jim Beasley, and he will be deeply missed.”
Friends and associates may call at the Beasley law office, 12th and Walnut streets, after 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, for a remembrance. Gifts to the Beasley Scholarship Fund are appreciated.