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University Place school community mourns loss of assistant principal who died in motorcycle crash

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
May 1, 2011 12:36 pm

Bryan Beale “was a talented and dedicated administrator who touched the lives of hundreds” of students and families in the University Place School District, Superintendent Patti Banks wrote on the school system’s website this morning.

Beale, assistant principal at Drum Intermediate School, died Saturday following a motorcycle accident in Tacoma. He was 37.

Beale also played in the Tacoma Concert Band and served on its board of directors, according to the organization’s website.

He was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of South 12th and South Stevens streets in Tacoma at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday when an SUV headed in the opposite direction ran a red light, witnesses told police.

Beale hit the SUV. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he died about 45 minutes after the accident, according to Tacoma police and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident, Tacoma Police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Saturday night.

The accident was under review by police,  Fulghum said.

Additional counselors would be at Drum Intermediate School on Monday for students who may need help coping with the loss.

Here’s the note University Place Superintendent Patti Banks posted today on the school district website:

Dear Families and Friends of UPSD,

Many of you may have already learned that Drum Intermediate Assistant Principal, Mr. Bryan Beale, died yesterday (Saturday, April 30) following a traffic accident.

Mr. Beale was a talented and dedicated administrator who touched the lives of hundreds of our students and families during his four years in UPSD. Many of our students will be–as we all are–shocked and saddened by this sudden loss.

We will have additional counselors available at Drum tomorrow to help individual students as needed.

As you talk with your child about this tragic event, please let school or district administrators know if there is anything we can do.

I know you join me in keeping Mr. Beale’s family and friends in your thoughts and your prayers.

Patti Banks, Superintendent, UPSD.

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