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'64 Thomas D. Beardmore, MD (1938-2014) 


September 20, 1938 - July 22, 2014 Thomas D. Beardmore, M.D. passed away at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center on July 22, 2014 afterDr. Beardmore.jpg a four-month illness. Tom was born on September 20, 1938 to Roy and Virgie Beardmore in Mount Perry, a small farming community in Ohio. Tom was a humble man who remained close to the earth. As a child he helped on the farm. Gardening was a lifelong hobby. Several years ago he planted a vineyard in his garden where his grandchildren helped him harvest the grapes. He loved his grandchildren unconditionally and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. Tom attended Ohio University where he received an A.B. in zoology. He earned his M.D. from Ohio State University. He did his residency and post-doctoral fellowship in rheumatic and genetic diseases at Duke University Medical Center. He was board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. His career in medicine was a vocation. In a specialty treating chronic diseases, he formed relationships with patients, some lasting over 30 years. He listened patiently to their problems and always treated them with respect and kindness, regardless of their station in life. Tom's professional career was in academic medicine. He was a gifted teacher and mentor and influenced the careers of thousands of future physicians. Since 1976 he has been affiliated with USC where he was a professor of clinical medicine. He was Chief of Rheumatology at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center where he became an expert in the rehabilitation of severely disabled patients with rheumatic diseases. Tom was actively involved in the rheumatology community. He volunteered at the Arthritis Foundation and was a member of Southern California Rheumatology Society. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years Carol DiGioia Beardmore, daughters Alison Miller (Erwin Nijholt) and Heather Buchanan (Gregory), and five grandchildren - Kirsten and Brandon Nijholt, and Cole, Sterling and Kendall Buchanan. During his illness he was cared for with great love and compassion by the critical care team at Norris. They truly became our family during the last days of his life. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to Norris ICU at 1441 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90089 or the rheumatology department at USC.


Posted on 21-Aug-14 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Class of 1960 - 1969, Obituaries
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