Phelan Beale, Jr.

Phelan Beale, Jr. (16 June 1920 – 26 June 1993) [1] [2] was an American journalist and unemployment compensation law expert. [1] Beale was a sound of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and a brother of Edith Bouvier Beale, whose lives were highlighted in the documentary Gray Gardens . Beale was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy and Onassis and Lee Radziwill .

Early life and education

Beale was born on June 16, 1920 in New York City , New York . [1] [2] He was the middle child of Phelan Beale, Sr. and his wife Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (known as “Big Edie”). [1] [2] Beale grew up at Gray Gardens at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood in East Hampton on Long Island . [1] Beale was known as “Phe” to his friends and family. [2]

Beale was educated at the Westminster School for Boys in Simsbury , Connecticut . [1] He then attended Columbia University where he studied journalism. [1] [2]

US Army service

During World War II , Beale was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and was sent to Camp Gruber near Braggs , Oklahoma. [1] [2] He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations , participating in the battles of Saipan and Okinawa . [1] [2] Beale was wounded in action and received two bronze battle stars and a purple heart for his service. [1] [2]

Marriage and children

Beale married Rosella Ramsey on December 26, 1942 in Tulsa , Oklahoma. [1] [2] [3] He and Rosella at a United Service Organizations dance in Tulsa in 1942 and eloped two weeks later. [3] Beale and his wife had one daughter, Michelle Beale. [1] [2] [3]

Public service career

Beale was employed with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for 30 years. [1] [2] Following his retirement from the commission, Beale consulted on unemployment compensation law. [1] [2]

Writing career

Beale was well known as an accomplished speaker and writer. [1] [2] He delivered speeches to numerous organizations on a variety of subjects and wrote magazine and newspaper articles. [1] [2] Throughout His writing career, Beale won Hundreds of writing contests. [1] [2] He later appeared in television commercials for MCI Communications . [1] [2]


Beale was an American Kennel Club . [1] Beale enjoyed fishing in Galveston , Texas . [1] [2]

Gray Gardens 

In 1971, Beale wrote “The Maysley Brothers – is that their name ?,” an article that appeared in The Capital Times of Madison , Wisconsin . [2] In the article, Beale deplores the attention accorded his mother and sister at that time: “Such heartbreak and degradation … not the best publicity in the world for the family.” [2] Beale Noted That Would he see Gray Gardens “out of curiosity.” [2] Beale’s younger brother Bouvier Beale [2] In the article, Beale reminisced “the entertainment,


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t The Daily Oklahoman (1 July 1993). “Deceased Name: Phelan Beale Jr.” . Gray Gardens News . Retrieved 2009-04-19 . External link in ( help ) |publisher=
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Gray Gardens Online (2009). “Other Staunch Characters” . Gray Gardens Online . Retrieved 2009-04-19 . External link in ( help ) |publisher=
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c The Generations Network, Inc. (2009). “Rosella Ramsey Beale Obituary ~ 1996 ~ Widow of Phelan Beale, Jr.” . Message Boards . Retrieved 2009-04-19 . External link in ( help ) |publisher=

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