Dr. Robert Beale

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  1. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran

    Mar 16, 2003
    Given his enthusiasm for Ferrari, and other marques we love and admire, I felt some mention should be made here of the recent passing of Dr. Robert Beale.

    I met "Doc" Beale at several Ferrari of Washington events. I did not know him well - only well enough to appreciate his warmth, sense of humor and passion for cars.

    I learned of Dr. Beale's death through FMoW, of which he was a longtime, and much loved, customer.

    I hope that someone close to Dr. Beale will tell us more about the man and his life.

    My sincere condolences to Dr. Beale's family.

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    Aug 20, 2001
    East Coast
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    Jon K.

    Oh my God...........I was just talking with Doctor Bob a few weeks ago and at the last FOW track event.

    Any word what happened Will ?

    I'll call FOW tomorrow to see if there is a place to send condolences !


    Jon P. Kofod
  4. Bobert

    Bobert Formula Junior

    Jan 17, 2004
    Oak Hill VA
    Oh my word. Please let us know what happpened to him? He was a really great guy!

    Bob Steinhagen
  5. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran

    Mar 16, 2003
    Bob and Jon, Dr. Beale apparently died in an auto accident; I have no other information. FMoW may have details about arrangements and the like. Very sad news.
  6. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

    Apr 26, 2003
    Never home
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    Dr. Dumb Ass
    From the Washington Post.

    Diet Doctor Robert Beale Jr. Dies

    By Matt Schudel
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, November 19, 2004; Page B06

    Robert S. Beale Jr., a prominent diet doctor who treated thousands of people at his Washington weight-loss clinics, died Nov. 13 in a traffic accident in Gambrills, in Anne Arundel County. He was 62 and lived in Columbia.

    Dr. Beale, a sports car enthusiast, was at the wheel of his 2004 Dodge Viper when it crossed the center line of Waugh Chapel Road and collided with a Cadillac Escalade driven by a woman from New Jersey, Anne Arundel police said. Dr. Beale was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries, they said. No one else was seriously injured in the daytime accident, which remains under investigation.

    Dr. Beale was considered a pioneer in bariatric medicine, or the specialty of treating obesity. He was known particularly for his work with black women. In 30 years as a weight-loss specialist, he saw more than 25,000 patients and claimed to have treated more black women for obesity than any other physician in the world.

    His work won him legions of devoted followers, but his practice was not without problems. Several times, Dr. Beale found himself at odds with medical and legal authorities over accusations of fraud and sexual harassment.

    This year, he published "The Black Diet Doctor's Solution for Black Women," written with his daughter, Lisa M. Beale. The premise of the book, and of Dr. Beale's practice in general, was that black women have special physiological, psychological and social needs that affect their ability to lose weight.

    "Genetics loads the gun," Dr. Beale wrote on a Web site promoting his book, "environment pulls the trigger."

    After beginning his career in Glenarden in 1971 as a family doctor, Dr. Beale noticed that many of his patients had diabetes, heart problems and other illnesses exacerbated by obesity. He decided to treat the source of his patients' ailments, his daughter said, and in 1974, began to specialize in bariatric medicine. In 1978, he opened a weight-loss clinic in Anacostia and, later, a second office in downtown Washington.

    "If you went out on the streets of D.C. and asked women about weight loss," said Ronald H. Johnson, a bariatric physician practicing in Fredericksburg, "I don't think it would take long before someone mentioned the name of Dr. Robert Beale."

    Robert Spencer Beale Jr. was born in Prairie View, Tex., grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Howard University.

    In 1982, Dr. Beale, whose practice emphasized checkups at least once a week, came under investigation for collecting $744,000 in D.C. Medicaid payments in four years. In some years, he netted more than $200,000 in Medicaid when the typical D.C. physician took in $12,000. He was ordered to reimburse a "significant" but unspecified portion of his Medicaid payments.

    Dr. Beale also came under scrutiny for routinely injecting his patients with phenylpropanolamine, an appetite suppressant. A medical consultant for the city said the drug had no clinical value except as a decongestant.

    In 1999, Dr. Beale was found guilty in D.C. Superior Court of three counts of sexual harassment and ordered to pay $280,000 in damages to three female former employees who lost their jobs after complaining about his sexual advances. He also was ordered to pay the plaintiffs' legal fees, totaling more than $500,000.

    Nonetheless, Dr. Beale's medical license was not suspended, and when the diet drug combination "fen-phen" -- later linked with several deaths -- was introduced in the 1990s, he refused to prescribe it.

    "Bob was way ahead of the curve when fen-phen came on the market," said Johnson, the bariatric doctor. "He said, 'Stay a country mile away from it.' "

    Dr. Beale was a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia.

    He owned many high-performance automobiles through the years, including the 500-horsepower Dodge Viper, and enjoyed racing them at Summit Point Raceway near Charles Town, W.Va. He was a member of the Ferrari Club of North America and owned a $200,000 Ferrari 360 Modena, capable of reaching 190 mph.

    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marilyn T. Beale of Columbia; two daughters, Lisa M. Beale of Washington and Vicki Beale of Columbia; and his father, Dr. Robert S. Beale Sr. of Glenarden.

    Lisa Beale said she plans to keep her father's clinics open and "continue the legacy of the work he has done."
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  8. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran

    Mar 16, 2003
    Does it add anything to the story to misstate the price of a 360 Modena?

    After reading the Post article, let me say again: I hope that someone close to Dr. Beale will tell us more about the man and his life.
  9. pdtrixceo

    pdtrixceo Karting

    Aug 19, 2004
    Little Havana
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    I know I'm biased as a medical professional but here's a man who, obviously, did a tremendous amount of work for his patients, was a pioneer in his field and had a good family. You think they could let him rest in peace and, out of respect for his surviving family and friends, not have to rehash a bunch of stuff from his past (he had to refund Medicaid, he was involved in some legal issues), that adds nothing to his obituary and only serves to hurt loved ones who are already in mourning.
  10. Rafienva

    Rafienva Formula Junior

    Oct 18, 2004
    North Palm Beach, FL
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    Ralph(Rafi) Cestero
    It just shows you how the liberal press, AKA "Washington Post" does it's reporting. Without knowing the man and what he was all about. Dr. Beale was a free spirit, a good caring human being. He enjoyed every day of his life. I knew him for the last 11 years and I never heard him say anything bad about anyone. He always look at the bright side of things. He always looked forward to the track events, The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, of which he attended and enjoyed every year. So what if he flirted . that was his nature . He leaves behind his beautiful wife of 41 years and two daughters. We lost a great friend and a true tifosi of Ferrari. I will miss him.
  11. dm_n_stuff

    dm_n_stuff Global Moderator
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    Dec 10, 2003
    Babcock Ranch, FL
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    The nature of an obituary is to tell the good and the not so good about any notable person's life. THe good stuff only can be put in a death notice.

    I didn't know the Doctor, and I'm sure he was a good man, but he did apparently make some mistakes of judgement and was also somewhat controversial in his practices.

    Would it have made sense to skip Watergat in Nixon's obit? Will it be right to skip the Monica stuff when Clinton looses his mortal coil? How about not including that Patton had some controverial issues with his life? An obit is a snapshot history of the deceased.

    That's called journalism. Not liberal media bias.
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  13. Challenge

    Challenge Formula 3

    Sep 27, 2002
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    OMG....very sad. I have talked to Doc Beale at length at Summit. The first time I met him we spent over 20 minutes talking, then he told me sit in his 360 and check it out while he walked away, completely trusting.

    The next time I saw him at the track I reintroduced myself (I'm a white guy) he chuckled and said "You guys all look alike to me..." haha! Quite a character.

    R.I.P. Doc...
  14. resnow

    resnow Formula Junior

    May 21, 2001
    North Carolina
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    Bob Snow
    What a shock! He was also a regular at the FCA-SE region track days at VIR and will be missed by all of us in the southeast.


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