Oral History Interview with George Beitzel

Interview by Richard Fink, July 29, 2010

George Beitzel, a trustee of the College from 1966-1987 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1980-1986, was interviewed in 2010 by Richard Fink, former professor of chemistry and dean of the faculty.


George B. (Spike) Beitzel, class of 1950, graduated from Harvard with an MBA and served as an LTJG in the U.S. Navy. He had a 32-year career at IMB, retiring in 1987 as a Senior VP/director. He served as a trustee of the college from 1966-1987 and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1980-1986 when he became a Life Trustee. During his time on the board, Amherst went co-ed, abolished fraternities, and experienced anti-war protests. He has also served as a Trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, FlightSafety International, and the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships.

Richard Fink arrived at Amherst in 1964 and was a George H. Corey Professor of Chemistry before his retirement in 2007. He served as Dean of the Faculty from 1983-1988.

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