William Beatty was a member of the American Osler Society.
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William Beatty received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages and literature and a Master of Science degree in library science from Columbia University.
William Beatty had a Special Libraries Association membership.
William Beatty had an American Library Association membership.
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William Beatty studied at Appleby College, Canada.
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William Beatty studied at Kent School.
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William Beatty studied classics at Harvard University.
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William Beatty's schooling included Appleby in Canada, whose British "public school" traditions introduced him to cricket, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Greek grammar; schools in Indiana and Pennsylvania, and finally the Kent School in Connecticut.
After the war, he studied classics at Harvard (1946-1949) and worked as a library intern at Widener. He continued his education at Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical languages and literature in 1951 and a Master of Science degree in library science in 1952. He commuted from Philadelphia to New York in the summer of 1955 to take Tom Fleming's course in medical librarianship at Columbia, and he later received MLA (Medical Library Association) grade I certification (number 655).
William Beatty served in the United States Army with the 617th Field Artillery Observation Battalion in the Rome-Arno and Po Valley Campaigns of 1944-1945.
Beatty became interested in medical history while working at the College of Physicians during the early 1950s, first as a circulation librarian and, later, as an assistant librarian. Its director, W. B. McDaniel II, had wide interests in classics and the history of medicine. He mentored William Beatty and encouraged him to consider medical librarianship, and he named him editor of Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
In 1956, Beatty became an associate librarian and assistant (later associate) professor of medical bibliography at the University of Missouri, Columbia; he was also a consultant on the design of the library for the newly expanded medical school. During this time, he offered courses in medical history to students, founded the university's Medical History Group, and established the A. R. McComas medical history contest for students. Ralph H. Parker, the university librarian, encouraged him to be active in library association work.
He joined Northwestern University in 1962, as a professor of medical bibliography and as a consultant on renovating the existing library. He also held the administrative appointment of medical librarian until his resignation from that post in 1974, when he began courses in the history of medicine for students and medical writing seminars for house staff and faculty. From 1976 onward, he divided his time between the Chicago and Evanston campuses, teaching at the one and serving as an archival associate at the other. He was made professor emeritus in 1994.
From the beginning of his career, William Beatty was active in library association activities, at the local, state, and national levels. He was a part of the Reference and Subscription Books Review Committee and the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on National Library Information Systems (1967-1970).
From 1979 to 1986, with his wife, Virginia, he served as co-archivist and prepared the Medical Library Association archives for deposit in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). For over thirty years (1959-1990), he contributed "Winnowings" and "Journal Notes" to the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, and he wrote extensively on medical and health sciences library topics.
In the 1960s and 1970s, he consulted on developing programs and on planning seventeen libraries in the United States and Canada. Among them were the medical libraries at the University of Vermont, McMaster University, University of Utah, University of Oklahoma, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
He consulted on many other projects. From 1965 to 1987, William Beatty worked with NLM on the selection of materials for MEDLARS and Index Medicus. He was a consultant for the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth editions of Stedman's Medical Dictionary, covering history/biography and etymology. In 1982, he was a member of the faculty for a workshop "Selective Information Systems for Medical Libraries in the People's Republic of China." This workshop was held in Beijing and sponsored by the People's Republic, the China Medical Board, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
He wrote more than 175 articles and book chapters and more than 2,000 book reviews (primarily for Library Journal and Booklist but also for library and medical journals, as well as for other publications such as Archeology and Technology and Culture). He coauthored, with Geoffrey Marks, five books on the history of medicine: The Medical Garden, Women in White: Their Role as Doctors Through the Ages, The Precious Metals of Medicine, The Story of Medicine in America, and Epidemics (the last two were among Library Journal's outstanding sci-tech books). He served on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (1986-1991) and wrote biographical articles for its Proceedings, covering previously undocumented women, African-Americans, and other ethnic physicians who had made important contributions to Chicago medicine. The depth and range of his interests are manifest by a couple of articles, one on ancient coins and the other about the Chicago cholera epidemic.
From 1996 until his death, he volunteered as a librarian/archivist at the Frances Willard Memorial Library in Evanston, assisting graduate students and faculty from all over the world who worked in the areas of history and woman's studies. He was a member of the Evanston Human Relations Commission from 1972 to 1979.
William Beatty had a passionate commitment to education, both formal and informal. He believed in reading - reading stories out loud to his children every night - and encouraged librarians and physicians to keep up with the literature of their professions. Beatty believed in the power of the written word and exhorted students to use the English language as a scalpel rather than as a meat ax. As a teacher, he delighted in seeing the light of new understanding flash on in a student's or a colleague's eyes.
Medical Library Association received much of William Beatty's attention. In 1954, he served on the Nominating Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter and volunteered his service on Vital Notes on Medical Periodicals, of which he became editor the following year. From then until 1976, he gathered material from colleagues worldwide: information on the births, marriages, deaths, and name changes of health sciences journals. He was also chair of the Editorial Committee for Vital Notes.
The list of his many other MLA appointments, assignments, and offices includes Committee on Periodical and Serial publications, chair (1955-1961), Medical School Libraries Group, chair (1960), Program Committee for the Annual Meeting in Kansas City (1960), Program Committee for the Annual Meeting in Chicago (1962), Board of Directors (1966-1969), Finance Committee (1966-1969), Program Committee for the Annual Meeting in Louisville, chair (1969), Editorial Committee for the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (1975-1985), Editorial Committee on Supplements to Medical Reference Works (1966, 1972), Nominating Committee (1976), History of Medicine Group, chair (1979).
William Beatty held himself and others to high standards. He was hard working and well organized. He never sought a job or an appointment but, when asked, did well anything that he promised; he was a fanatic about deadlines. He was generous in giving of himself to his profession, his colleagues, and his family. He was good company and a loyal friend. He had a great sense of humor and was quietly proud of having become a full professor at age thirty-six, his command of Greek grammar, his baseball knowledge, and his ability to do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in ink.
On June 14, 1952, William Beatty married Virginia Lewis, a fellow library school student, and they moved to Wilmington where she began work with the Atomic Energy Commission's Savannah River Project at DuPont. Later, from 1979 to 1986, they worked together at the National Library of Medicine. They had three children: Margaret M., William B.K., Carol E.