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Carl Beier ’40

Published in Feb. 7, 2001, issue

Carl died on Jan. 24, 2000, five days before his 80th birthday. He came to Princeton at age 16 and was one of the first University Scholars. Carl was active in theater and began writing poetry, which he continued for most of his life. Following graduation, Carl became one of the first directors at CBS television. During WWII, he served in the AAF, producing and directing pilot-training films. After the war, he wrote, produced, and directed radio and TV programs in New York, including an award-winning documentary on atomic power. He was particularly proud of his success in reestablishing the careers of blacklisted artists. He taught acting for the American Theater Wing, coached actors and singers, and directed live theater.

In 1966, he moved to the Berkshires to create an arts program for Simon's Rock, a junior college. He later became first head of the arts division at Kirkland College in Clinton, N.Y., where he lived until his death. Carl returned to Princeton to read his poetry at a University Chapel service and an Alumni College. He leaves his wife, Jane, his sister, Charlotte, daughters Juliet '75, Miranda, and Liane, and grandson Christopher McLoughlin.

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