Person:Henry Beachell (2)

Dr. Henry Monroe Beachell
m. 8 Jul 1903
  1. Eva Rachel Beachell1905 - 1978
  2. Dr. Henry Monroe Beachell1906 - 2006
  3. Hazel Geneva Beachell1908 - 1981
  4. Nellie Elizabeth Beachell1912 - 1980
  5. Alice Violet Beachell1914 - 2000
  6. William Albert Beachell1914 - 2002
  7. Katheryn Jane Beachell1918 -
m. 10 Jun 1936
m. 17 Sep 1983
Facts and Events
Name Dr. Henry Monroe Beachell
Gender Male
Birth? 21 Sep 1906 Waverly, Lancaster, Nebraska
Marriage 10 Jun 1936 Austin, Travis, Texasto Ena Dare Everton
Marriage 17 Sep 1983 to Edna Mary Payne
Death? 13 Dec 2006 Pearland, Brazoria, Texas,
Reference Number? Q1246299?

Dr. Beachell was an American plant breeder whose research led to the development of "miracle rice"


Dr. Henry M. "Hank" Beachell

Henry Monroe Beachell, age 100, of Pearland went to be with the Lord on December 13, 2006. Henry Monroe Beachell, known to his friends as "Hank," was born September 21, 1906, in Waverly, Nebraska, to William Albert and Alice Leona Degler Beachell. He was the second of seven children, two boys and five girls. Henry Monroe Beachell, co-recipient of the 1996 World Food Prize, has been called "one of the most important individuals in rice improvement in the world." Beachell's pioneering research put him at the forefront of the Green Revolution, which led to dramatic increases in rice production over the last three decades. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in February, 1930 and obtained his master's degree from Kansas State University in 1934. In 1972 Hank was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Nebraska. While attending Kansas State, Hank studied under Dr. John H. Parker. It was Dr. Parker who impressed upon Hank that a plant breeder's existence depended upon his ability to develop improved varieties that met the needs of the farmer, the miller, and the ultimate consumer; therefore, the breeder must be cognizant of all phases of production, processing, consumption and market demands. In March, 1931 Hank became Texas' first rice breeder at what is now called the USDA-ARS Agricultural Research and Extension Center (part of the Texas A & M University System) in Beaumont, Texas. While there, he created and helped introduce nine rice varieties which eventually accounted for more than ninety percent of U.S. long-grain rice production. During this time he also took part in research as well as teaching tours of rice production areas in India, Central America and South America. After retiring from the Beaumont station in 1963, he accepted a position at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. That same year, while going through IRRI's experimental plots seeking a sturdy rice plant that would respond well to fertilizer and mature early, he helped select the rice that eventually became the IR8 rice variety. After further development, IR8 was released in 1966 and set yield records ranging from six to eight tons of grain per hectare on experimental fields in several Asian countries, more than doubling previous yields. For two decades Hank traveled to promote IR8 and other varieties resulting from the institute's work. He also continued research to make improvements to the variety, including making it more resistant to pests, adapting it to various growing conditions, and meeting cooking and taste criteria. In 1982 he returned to the United States and became a consultant to RiceTec, Inc. In addition to his rice breeding achievements, Hank Beachell has been a dedicated and enthusiastic mentor to scores of young research scientists who have become leaders of rice breeding programs significantly increasing the quantity and quality of this vital food crop. The impact of his passing will be felt around the world. He was recently honored with a 100th birthday celebration that was attended by over 150 family members, friends and coworkers. The event included greetings from the President of the United States, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the Governors of Texas and Nebraska, the Mayor of Pearland and numerous other world-renowned guests. His passing will be felt worldwide by his many friends and fellow scientists. He is preceded in death by Edna Mary Payne Beachell, his wife of 21 years, Ena Everton Beachell, his wife of 46 years, his parents, William Albert and Alice Leona Degler Beachell, four sisters, Eva, Hazel, Nellie, and Alice, and a brother, William. Hank Beachell is survived by a sister, Katheryn Brown, a sister-in-law, Wanda Beachell, grandchildren: Alby, Terrell, Caroline, and Lizzie, numerous nieces and nephews, his loving caregivers, and a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 2006, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Oak Park Funeral Home in Alvin, Texas. Funeral services will be held. on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Alvin, Texas with Rev. Jim Flagg officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Pallbearers are Joe Everton, Alby Singleton, Gene Sarreal, Vince Librojo, Jerry Locke, Jacko Garrett, Richard Pittman, and Billy Jordan. Honorary pallbearers are James Stroike, Melissa Hinga, Deborah Locke, Marie Hodges, Carol Sproull, Theresa Gould, Clodis Cox, Ben Woodhead, Ben Jackson, Ed Runge, Norman Borlaug, Ronnie Coffman, Brian Hamilton, Gene Hookstra, Robert Miller, Felipe Lopez and his many friends and associates at RiceTec, Inc. The family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff that have comforted and cared for Hank: Nilda Morales, Gracie De La Rosa, Linda Lynch, Shelly Richard, and the staff of Comfort Keepers and Grace Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First United Methodist Church. Arrangements were made under the direction of Oak Park Funeral Home. Oak Park Funeral Home 300 OaK Park Dr. Alvin, Texas 77511

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    Name: Henry M. Beachell
    SSN: 457-74-0047
    Last Residence: 77581 Pearland, Brazoria, Texas, United States of America
    Born: 21 Sep 1906
    Died: 13 Dec 2006
    State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (1962)