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Arthur “Art” Johannes Beach


Arthur “Art” Johannes Beach, age 88, of Columbus, Ohio died March 7, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness.  He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 26, 1931 to the late W. Edwards Beach and Liselotta (von Usedom) Beach.  Art married Gracie Mae Beach (nee Ragon) in June of 1954.  Together they shared 57 years of marriage.  He is survived by sons, John Edwards Beach, David Warner Beach, Allen Walter Beach and Arthur Stephen Beach; brother, Allen E. Beach; granddaughter, Rose Mae Beach; grandson, Peter Johannes Beach; sister-in-law, Martha Beach; daughter-in-law, Karen Yager-Beach; former daughter-in-law, Rebecca Ann Beach; and four grandchildren-in-law.  Art is preceded in death by his step-granddaughter, Megan Pietz and brother, Walter E. Beach.  In 1956, he became a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church.  Art was also a Scoutmaster of Troop 210 and one of his proudest achievements was earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  He worked 36 years as an editor with Chemical Abstracts Service, contributing to the world’s largest index.  Art also worked many years as a tax accountant, both for private clients and at Universal Tax Service.  A true polymath, Arthur was an avid bridge player, in addition to being devoted to golf, Ohio History, and family genealogy.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence. 

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  • John Lemmons says:

    RIP, Art. You will be missed. I have the utmost, deep respect for you.

  • Janeen Carson says:

    I remember Art as a kind, interesting guy, always pleasant with a smile on his face…just a really nice man….someone I considered a friend and enjoyed getting to know and work with.

  • Lisa Perez says:

    Allen, My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Lisa Perez & family

  • Linda M. Harris says:

    What a wonderful human being. He was always so pleasant
    to everyone. My thoughts are with the family and all of
    his CAS friends. Rest in peace dear man. You will be
    missed.–Linda M. Harris

  • Richard D Duvick says:

    I will always remember Art as a kind, giving person. He offered to index the 600 page tax workbook used in Ohio and other states. Art did so for many years and greatly improved it’s usefulness to thousands of tax preparers.

  • David Frickey says:

    Sorry to hear about Art. I did not know him very well, but I am saddened to hear of his passing.

  • Edward Krauss says:

    I knew Art through our Wednesday night bridge club. He was a knowledgeable and strong player. More, he was always willing to mentor and teach skills to players interested in becoming better players, a kind and unselfish thing to do. He will be missed by all of us.

  • Mohammed ‘MO’ Khan says:

    I will miss you Art I worked with Art at CAS for over 30 years After he retired from CAS I saw him at the Universal Tax every year Few times we went for lunch He always ate his favorite dish-fried lever I will never forget his pleasant manners He was a kind person Indeed to God we belong and to God we shall return May God give him highest place in Paradise Amen

  • Joel Harris says:

    As a colleague at CAS I got to know Art especially thru Jan Wilcoxon when both were active in the Ohio Volkssport Assn. I knew him as warm and good man associated with good memories. Condolences to the surviving family.

  • Jo Anne Paynter says:

    Art such an important person in my somewhat late development of my bridge game. Always ready to help new players, in concert with his son John, helped open my mind to new bridge conventions and play. His manner was always kind, and his wisdom clearly communicated.
    I will truly miss him.

  • jeff holbrook says:

    I was saddened to hear about Art. On the days that I dreaded having Art do my income tax return around April 15th every year for the past 20 years. He was the one bright spot as I sat there providing him with facts and figures he punched into the computer to complete my return. We talked about all kinds of things and he always educated me about things in such an instructive way that I really enjoyed those few hours, despite the fact that I would be writing a big check at end. I considered him a friend,and although he retired from Universal Tax I was hoping to be able to talk with him again someday. So you know, he spoke of his 4 boys on many occasions and shared many personal stories with me. Blessings, Jeff Holbrook.

  • Ruth Ann Geiger says:

    To the sons of Art Beach: I just returned to Columbus
    a few hours ago and read of Art’s death. I am so sorry.
    I worked with him at CAS, was a neighbor of his for years, loved to hear him talk opera, enjoyed a game of
    bridge with him and for ten years he did my taxes. A fine man who will be missed. My thoughts are with you
    and your families.

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