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Obituary: Dr. Nigel Robert Arnold Beeley

Jan. 20, 1951 ~ Oct. 25, 2023

Dr. Nigel Robert Arnold Beeley, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed scientist, died on Oct. 25, 2023, in the Town of Clay Banks, surrounded by his family. Nigel fought a valiant battle against cancer while continuing to work on varying scientific projects and laughing with his family, until the absolute very end. 

Nigel’s journey began on Jan. 20, 1951, in Hague Bar, England, born to Robert and Elizabeth Beeley. He obtained a BS Honors degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, followed by a Doctorate from the University of Manchester. He served as a Royal Overseas Research Fellow in a post-doctoral position at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.

In 1975, Nigel met his wife, the love of his life, Lesley (nee Jones), whom he married in 1976. Together, they shared 48 wonderful years and had three children, Nathan, Lauren, and Tristan. As a family, they lived countless adventures, exploring the world, immersing themselves in diverse cultures, and savoring the art, music, and culinary delights each new place offered.

Throughout his impressive career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and renewable energy industries, Nigel’s passion for science enabled him to work and live in various countries, including Switzerland, France, England, America, and China, achieving CEO and VP positions and leaving an enduring legacy in the scientific community. Nigel’s contributions to the field are evident through his co-authorship of over 70 scientific publications and abstracts, as well as his involvement in the co-invention of over 120 patent applications, including 73 issued US patents. His beloved colleagues all said that Nigel was most importantly; brilliant, witty, ethical and kind.

Nigel had a great zest for life, a wonderfully quirky sense of humor and was always an eternal optimist. He was a lifelong avid Manchester United fan, and especially enjoyed watching the games with his grandchildren. Nigel played both guitar and harmonica, and loved to sing. He appreciated all genres of music; some of his favorites were Phil Lynotts “Whiskey in the Jar” and “The Final Peace” by Jeff Beck. He appreciated fine whiskeys and cognac, and loved boats and sailing, especially in the San Diego Bay. He supported several Wildlife Institutions and causes. He loved to travel, especially with his family. He loved cooking for special occasions and was notorious for the 10-course Holiday meals that he would meticulously prepare for his family.

Nigel’s legacy lives on through his four adored grandchildren, Sooki, Vincent, Dominick, and Nathaniel. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses, Nathan (Jai), Lauren (Rob), and Tristan. Nigel’s positive outlook on life, his optimism and passion for science, continue to inspire his children and grandchildren.

Nigel wishes that no public services be held. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Jim Allison, at the Allison Laboratory, MD Anderson Cancer Center, as a reflection of Nigel’s commitment to science and making the world a better place.

Dr. Nigel Robert Arnold Beeley is deeply missed and his memory cherished. “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another”- Albert Einstein. Nigel’s atoms and vibrant energetic essence shall remain an indelible part of our enigmatic universe.

Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Nigel may be shared with his family through his tribute page at huehnsfuneralhome.com.