Dr. Marvin Beeman named college honor alumnus

Marvin Beeman
Dr. Marvin Beeman

Dr. G. Marvin Beeman has been a leader of veterinary medicine for more than six decades.

He received his undergraduate degree in physical science from Colorado A&M college in 1955 and his D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 1957. Immediately out of CSU, he went to work as an equine practitioner at Littleton Veterinary Clinic later buying into the practice.

Under Beeman’s clinical supervision and with his business acumen, it’s now one of the premier equine specialty hospitals in the state. Throughout his career, Beeman has been instrumental in shaping equine clinical medicine and the veterinary profession. In 1958, he became veterinarian for the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association’s National Western Stock Show sale. His role expanded in the 1960s to official veterinarian, then later to director of the National Western Stock Show.

He has served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and in 2005, he was named Citizen of the West. Beeman has also served as honorary vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association, veterinary vice president of the Morris Animal Foundation, and trustee on the American Horse Council, among many other professional accolades.

Colorado State University has a special place in Beeman’s heart. He met his wife of more than 60 years, Eunice, on campus as she walked past his fraternity house. The Beemans have been giving to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and other areas of the University for 33 years.

Recently, Beeman and his wife endowed the Dr. G. Marvin and Eunice Beeman Family Scholarship, which supports a D.V.M. student with an interest in practicing equine veterinary medicine. “I’ve been so grateful to CSU,” he said in a Colorado State Magazine feature, “and I want equine veterinary medicine to continue to make horse health and welfare a priority.”

Celebrating distinguished alumni

The Colorado State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards program recognizes CSU alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to the University, and have made significant contributions of time and/or philanthropy to the university and their community.

The Alumni Association will honor Beeman and others in its annual celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Lory Student Center, as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend. The public is invited to attend the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner; pre-registration is required.

For a a complete list of 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winners, visit the CSU Alumni Association site.